LeMond Hart ushers you into his tiny vintage men’s clothing shop, tucked into NoDa’s Area 15. He rushes behind the coffee bar and offers you a Café LeMond coffee confection, with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
Racks of men’s clothes perch all about the place – pants and jackets, shirts and vests – and glass cases with lapel pins, cufflinks, shoes and belt buckles dot the shop. Little tables and chairs cluster near the coffee bar, old framed photos and eclectic art line the brightly colored walls, and on a bench snoozes an orange tabby named Garfield.
Even for the most unobservant shopper, it would be impossible not to feel that there’s a story within this space.
And so you ask. How did all this come about?
Hart pauses, adjusting his barista apron.
“It all began,” he says, “with a teacher named Larry Victor Lane.”
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