Homegrown Oxford Shop closing after 30-year run

December 3, 2012
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Oxford Shop IndyOxford Shop, a locally owned clothing boutique at 56th and Illinois streets, plans to close in mid-January after 30 years in business. Owner and haberdasher Bill Cuttino plans to retire from running the store, which occupies a former grocery, though he plans to continue to offer tailored clothing and special orders online. The shop, wedged between G. Thrapp Jewelers and Kincaid's Meat Market on the east side of Illinois Street, is offering a "retirement sale" to sell remaining inventory including fixtures and antiques.

Elsewhere among local retailers:

  • Lilly's Soap Kitchen and Handcrafted Wares is moving into the Virginia Avenue State Bank building at 630 Virginia Ave. in Fletcher Place. The 1,100-square-foot shop, set to open the first week of January in a space formerly occupied by a bike shop, will offer Lilly's soaps and goods from Indiana artisans "who either handmake, reuse, or repurpose in an effort to support green living," said owner Sara Clark. Everything in the store will be available for sale, including lighting fixtures and furniture.
  • Old Farm Market along U.S. 36 in Avon has closed. A tipster says a sign on the door says, "Thank you for 39 years." A listed phone number rang busy. The market sits on prime real estate just across Rockville Road from a Walmart Supercenter.

Image: OxfordShopIndy.com

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  • Wrong neighborhood
    Lilly's Soap Kitchen will be in Fletcher Place, not Fountain Square. It will be roughly across the street from Bluebeard.
  • froyo shop
    I would really love to see a frozen yogurt store open on Illinois. I think it would be a gold mine as the closest froyo places are either huddles in nora or either yogulatte on mass ave or in speedway.
    • Re: froyo
      TCBY is less than a mile away at 49th and Penn. by Hubbard & Cravens. Plus BRICS in Broad Ripple, if you consider ice cream a viable alternative.
      • Froyo
        If someone else wants to jump on the froyo bandwagon, he or she had better hurry. I give those places about 2 or 3 more years before the fad fades, and 90% of them will be closed. By the way, the Virginia Avenue State Bank Building most recently held a vintage/resale shop, didn't it?
        • No TCBY
          The former Noble Romans/TBCY no longer carries TCBY at 49th and Penn.
        • expand bucks
          pay kincaids to move over into a new spot and expand the best bucks in town! :)
        • Fro yo!
          Frozen yogurt would be fantastic at 56th and Illinois! I hear Cory loves froyo.
        • salvage shop
          It used to be an architectural salvage shop. Before that, it was a vintage/resale shop that has since moved closer to the Fountain Square Theater Building.
        • New neighbor in Fletcher Place
          Welcome to the Fletcher Place neighborhood Lilly's Soap Kitchen!! I wondered what was moving into our old location! I noticed the door painted a very cool color . . . how fun!!! Reclaimed was in the space (630 Virginia Avenue) we were so jammed in there that we decided to close it so we can focus on renovating our much larger space off Shelby Street. Hopefully we will be open after the first of the year. I think you will find that corner to be fun and full of life, especially now that the Cultural Trail is complete. Yeah!!! Can't wait to meet you!
          • thank you
            thank you for clearing that up for our readers Ms Jarvis. Your Reclaimed store is wonderful. Living in Fletcher Place, I miss it already, but I'm glad you're not moving far. The soap shop needs to pick up the pace if they plan on opening the first week in Jan. I hope they sell local art there. i hope the building owner cleans up the back of that building. It looks terrible. The rest of the building is beautiful, but the rear definitely deters business. There are a bunch of old wires and metal sticking out of the building, none of which are actively working i presume. the building would look ten time better if that rear was just cleaned up and repainted. anyway, i loooove Fletcher Place.
            • old farmers market
              Avon still has an open market on Tuesdays weather permitting, just east of the US 36 and 800 E (Dan Jones Rd) intersection. As for the Old Farmers Market...they close during the winter. I would not be surprised if they opened back up in the spring...unless they get a better offer.
            • cont...
              and I am very excited about this soap kitchen and artisan market. Art is a passion of mine. i will say i was a bit upset when i realized the banner said Soap Kitchen and not Soup Kitchen...oh well, i love soap too!

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