SOUTHGATE, Ky. — Soldering copper pipes into furniture brackets is how Natalie Mairose spends part of her day at work.
She is the owner and founder of Old Soul Creatives, a shop you can find in the Southgate community. It wasn’t a physical location at first. In fact, Mairose was working in graphic design before this trip began.
“I had this thing that kept pulling me, actually. It’s kind of funny. I was in the right place, you know? I had the degree, I had everything I asked for and I I still felt intuitively absent somehow,” she said.
This self-proclaimed “old soul,” hence the name of her boutique, has come to realize what she’s been missing. She said that one day she had an Elton John record on her and she didn’t want to throw the record away.
“Long story short, I ended up using that record for an album,” Mairose said.
Now vinyl records are attached to these racks which she welds together, and she even makes other unique furniture out of records. This is a business that she used to pop up at different vendor events to sell these coins. Now she has her own boutique, which opened in September 2022. She has an online presence, and people can even order different custom-made things.
“People can also provide their own records; it’s a really popular thing. Especially if you scratched records or damaged or a lot of people will do as a dedication to a deceased family member or something, so it was really cool to do that with people’s records,” Mairose said. .
Mairose is looking to expand her shop, adding more workers and other creatives to the mix. While wanting to develop her business, she also wants to play a role in her community.
“I really want to bring more spice, maybe organize events here and bring more communication to the neighborhood. Maybe a little more music too? We need to be a little more groovy here,” Mairose said.