LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven has another new store, and this one aims to provide quality vintage clothing to residents of Clinton County and beyond.
NASA570, at 215 N. Grove St., opened in January by Williamsport native duo Tony and Luke.
“It took five years in the making,” said Tony.
Both were involved in buying and selling vintage clothing such as hats, shoes, t-shirts and outerwear like sweatshirts and jackets for several years before they met.
“I met Luke and told him about the store I was opening and encouraged him to join me,” said Tony.
Tony had already found the space at Lock Haven, and after collecting heaps of vintage clothes over the past few years, he felt it was finally time to make his dream a reality. And he thought Lock Haven was the perfect place to set up shop.
“I thought it was a good idea because it’s between Williamsport and State College,” he explained.
Luke said he and Tony hope to create a community for those in the Lock Haven area who like to collect vintage clothing, but don’t want to travel to the big cities to find what they’re looking for.
“We wanted to create a vintage community for people in Williamsport, Lock Haven, State College and in between,” he said.
NASA570 is a store for buying, selling and exchanging vintage clothing.
“There are a lot of people who can have bands they like and they can’t fit in their old t-shirts anymore. Or they are looking for something new,” says Luke.
For Luke, who has been involved in buying and selling vintage clothing for about three years, he said the nostalgia factor is a big part of why he loves the job and why so many people are interested in vintage clothing.
“Just looking at everything reminds me a lot of nostalgia” he said. “That’s what we love about it, so many people can relate to that sentiment.”
From a variety of bands, sports teams, classic cartoon characters and styles from the 80s, 90s and other eras, NASA570 has something for everyone who loves vintage clothing. They offer products for as little as $5 to $10 up to hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars depending on the item.
“We have high end, low end and everything in between,” said Tony.
The store mainly sells t-shirts, as evidenced by their large wall of t-shirts. They also have hats, shoes — like Yeezys, New Balance, and Nike — and sometimes outerwear for the colder months. Although most of their inventory is men’s sizes, they also sell toddler and women’s clothing.
They will also buy or trade vintage items. Anyone who wants to do so can stop by the store to find out more.
Like the store, the name it bears is very unique and was not inspired by the US space program.
“It comes from my son, my daughter, their mother and the names of me”, said Tony.
“It’s basically an acronym for family,” Luke added.
Since opening their doors on January 4, Tony said business has been good.
“We have what we call our regulars. It’s about 7 to 10 people who come to relax with us, talk and look at our inventory”, he said. “But most of our customers are just passers-by… seeing the shoes or clothes in the window.”
Luke noted that some of the customers drove three to four hours to come to the store for their merchandise.
“It’s crazy the demand for this size, but it’s because there was no supply here”, he said.
After waiting so long to open NASA570, Tony is thrilled to see his dream come true.
“It feels really good. Especially to have a partner like Luke. His passion for vintage pushed me to do it”, he said.
For Luke, not only is he thrilled to work with Tony, but he’s also thrilled to foster that passion in others.
“I’m now more excited than anything to get more people in there. You can see in big cities more people involved in vintage than in fast fashion,” he said. “I’m excited to bring this to people.”
Luke added that an overlooked part of vintage shopping is that it is a form of recycling and environmentally friendly.
“It’s often something that isn’t highlighted,” he said.
NASA570 is open Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tony noted that they will start offering opening hours on Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in May.
To keep up with their new inventory, you can follow NASA570 on Instagram at nasa_570.