Revival has been in its current location since 2006, but its roots go back to Cape Cod, where owners Joe and Jodie met and married. Both shared a love of history and antiques. That love translated into a job at an auction gallery for Jodie, and soon the pair jumped into the business themselves with a shop in Chatham, Mass.
Family ties brought them to North Carolina in 1997, and Revival was born a short time later when Joe and Jodie became vendors at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Flea Market. Revival became the largest vendor at the market for many years, and customers and friends made at the market are still among the most loyal, with multiple generations of families becoming shoppers. As Revival continued to grow, the decision was made to expand to the current Capital Boulevard showroom, which also afforded a larger warehouse space, allowing them to consolidate into this one central location.
Revival is proud to be a true small, local and family business, where both Joe and Jodie work fulltime. Joe is the more visible face of Revival, splitting his time between the showroom, the warehouse and the many trips up north for new inventory. Jodie works behind the scenes managing the purchasing and design. Jackie, Jodie’s mother, has been an integral and invaluable part of Revival since its fairgrounds days. And the next generation has become part of the business with niece Leah as our showroom manager.
Other nieces and nephews pitch in and help on a regular basis with Open Houses, warehouse work and whatever else is needed. While our warehouse crew is not related by blood, they definitely have become part of the Revival family. Tim manages the warehouse and is the go-to craftsman who can turn a rickety dresser into a stunning showroom piece. Nigel is the master painter from Upstate New York, whose background restoring cars translates into beautiful finishes on furniture.
And no back-story of Revival would be complete without mention of our shop cats and mascots—Maxie and Parrish. Probably the most photographed cats in Raleigh, the sisters have been fixtures in the showroom since its opening. Always ready to greet customers (unless napping!), the talkative girls are happy to accept (and demand!) attention. Bella, the latest addition, is a small but spunky cockapoo puppy. She has wormed her way into everyone’s heart at Revival and proven herself a worthy Revival mascot on the road, having already been to several antique shows throughout the northeast.
Loyal customers are the backbone of any small business, and we thank you for taking the time to learn more about Revival. We encourage you to shop local whenever possible and look forward to your next visit!!