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Revival expansion opens today in former Soap Opera space


Revival 119
The space at 119 E. College underwent a remodel after Soap Opera closed. — photo by Adam Burke

The space that formerly held the Soap Opera (119 E. College St.) reopens today as Revival 119, a shop focusing on apothecary items, loungewear, shoes and gifts.

Sheila Davisson, who also owns Revival next door, took over the storefront this winter after Soap Opera closed its doors and has renovated the interior into a bright, gallery-like space.

“It has been an amazing creative and collaborative experience,” said Davisson of the renovation and expansion of her business. “My brother-in-law and husband built all the fixtures, we stained all the wood with coffee from the Bread Garden, we are working with local consignors — it just feels good!”

The new space at Revival 119 will allow Revival to expand their offering of shoes and intimate apparel. -- photo by Adam Burke
The new space at Revival 119 will allow Revival to expand their offering of shoes and intimate apparel. — photo by Adam Burke

Expect to find both familiar and new products and clothing available at Revival 119.

“It all has that same Revival feel and aesthetic of mixing old and new together to create your own personal style, but now with some expanded offerings,” Davisson said.

As part of their expanded offerings, Revival 119 is bringing back some Soap Opera favorites, including Tokyo Milk Dark and Library of Flowers, which both make creams and perfumes, as well as Rosebud Salve and Sophisticate Candles. Davisson said that she and her staff are also excited about the other new lines that they are selling, including Juniper Ridge fragrances, Norden Goods candles and ceramics and Free People Intimates apparel. There is also an emphasis on working with local artists and producers, with a small selection of refurbished furniture available from Wasted Home Decor, based in Muscatine; pillows and necklaces from Two Fold in Iowa City and jewelry and bath products from Ebb & Flow.

The new store has the same hours as Revival: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

Tokyo Milk Dark was previously available at Soap Opera. Now Revival 119 will sell their line of fragrances and body creams. -- photo by Adam Burke
Tokyo Milk Dark was previously available at Soap Opera. Now Revival 119 will sell their line of fragrances and body creams. — photo by Adam Burke

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