The Many Faces of Mimi
Kelly (owner) opened Mama Goose, a second-hand children’s clothing store, in December 2003 in a tiny storefront on Seneca Street. In June 2008, she and the Mama Goose team moved up the street to the Bishops Hardware Building, quadrupling the physical space of Mama Goose as well as the merchandise offered. In 2010, when the Bishops Home Pro Center closed its doors, Kelly decided to expand once again and open a new store. One of the staff members brought up the idea of home furnishings and the idea for Mimi’s Attic was born. Kelly loves all things second-hand, but holds a special place in her heart for used furniture and décor.
Ian (Store Manager) started at Mimi’s Attic as a Mimi’s Mover in October 2015 and has worked every position in the store on his way to becoming Store Manager. Originally from small-town Malone in the Northern Adirondacks, Ian came to Ithaca to study music education in 2011 and has been here ever since! Outside of work, he’s an avid reader, gamer, and poi spinner. But his true passions lie with table-top role playing games (like Dungeons and Dragons) and other forms of group story telling!
Yen (assistant manager) is our resident queen of the dark. Her choices in decor mix ornate Victorian sensibilities with a Gothic feel that presents as simultaneously ancient and timeless. She has been a Mimi’s Attic furniture enthusiast since 2014. When she isn’t appraising furniture she is a full time artist; creating murals, prints, and illustrations around town (and actively sells her pieces at Mimi’s).
Mimi (inspiration) made her first home as an adult in a small, newlywed apartment in Brooklyn in which she took great pride. She later moved with her five children to a farm house while her husband served in World War II, and then finally settled into her long-time home in the downtown of Danville, Pennsylvania. Widowed at a young age, Mimi spent most of her adult life as a single parent, a full-time school teacher of French and English, and matriarch to many. Everything in Mimi’s house was pretty, especially from the eyes of a little girl: copper roosters on the walls of the kitchen, well-stocked vanities in the bedrooms, matching bedspreads, pewter figurines, cast iron doorstops, roll-top desks and happy plants in every room. Probably most impressive to a child was the large, mahogany dining room table with lion’s feet. At this table, Mimi hosted many dinners. They began with a leisurely “cocktail hour” and ended with blueberries and milk or sherbet and chocolate syrup. The children were in charge of filling the silver pitcher with ice water and “crumbing” the linen tablecloth after dinner. Mimi loved yard sales, thrift stores and flea markets, and she passed down this passion to her children and grandchildren. Some of her favorite things to seek out were antique tools and silver. She appreciated quality and style, and, like so many of us, enjoyed plucking out items of distinction.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to answer any questions you may have. Ask them anything — if they don’t know off-hand, they’ll find out!
Mimi’s is open for remote shopping every day, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Buyers are on site every day. Reach us by phone at (607)-882-9038 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.