House.Boi Gets a New Owner
Spring is naturally a time for rebirth and rejuvenation. This season, however, unexpected changes and transitions are in store at home of one of Hillcrest’s most popular establishments-House.Boi.
Folks familiar with the truly original pop store and Ari Clare, creator of the unique shopping men’s gayborhood shopping experience, might be surprised to learn there’s a new head of the house.
Nobody, as surprised as James Culver is himself about his venture officially as new owner of House.Boi.
"The opportunity to acquire House.Boi was all timing and coincidence," explains Culver, who after recently ending a career with a large environmental services company sought business opportunities allowing interaction with the community.
"I think that the serendipitous moment propelled the deal farther and faster than either one of us really anticipated," he explains.
Happenstance found him House.Boi when a mutual friend connected him to former owner Ari Clare. Both sought a change of direction in life and it was a perfect match.
Clare created a bang in the neighborhood during the summer 2007, when his unique retail concept popped up. House.Boi not only integrated contemporary furniture and home accents with hip men’s clothing and accessories, but brought to town a distinctively pop store, giving "bois" and men alike, a new kind of shopping experience, while offering a unique product line found nowhere else.
"Count on Hillcrest to have such a fantastic concept-with store creativity and community support-both financially and morally," he says, noting it was an experience so great that he immediately realized opportunities for growth and bought the "boi."