If I had the farm house of my dreams (someday!) and the bank account of my dreams (someday!), I’d head to Toll Gate Revival and buy out owner and reclaimer Seth Hunter’s whole collection. His combination of rustic woods, metals and pieces of history are one of the fastest tracks to my vintage loving heart. Even though the rule of vintage buying is to protect your favorite sources, I couldn’t help but share my love of Toll Gate Revival, so I included Seth’s newer shop in my TABLE Magazine story “Closed for the Holidays.”
Closed for the Holidays
TABLE Magazine, Winter Issue
Story, Styling & Recipes by Quelcy T. Kogel
This holiday season, we caught up with three of our favorite new shops — The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, Toll Gate Revival and Market Street Grocery — as the owners did something rare: They closed for the holidays. From a floral-filled brunch, to a rustic feast, to a wine & dessert soiree, we caught glimpses of passionate business owners and their supporters truly enjoying the fruits of their labors. Whether you’re celebrating a new venture, or ushering in the holidays with loved ones, these gatherings are sure to inspire your winter parties as much as your sense of gratitude.
A Rustic Feast
Toll Gate Revival
3711 Butler St., Lawrenceville
One minute he’s in the middle of an abandoned warehouse, then vending at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer and then salvaging a dilapidated barn. Following Seth Hunter’s Instagram trails begs the question: Does this man ever sleep?
Seth is the owner of Toll Gate Revival, a purveyor of quality reclaimed goods. The name pays homage to his upbringing on Toll Gate Farm, and this tidbit starts to explain his knack for preserving the local history through its Rust Belt artifacts. Many a vintage lover tries to shroud Toll Gate Revival in secrecy, lest their coveted Chesterfield or industrial table be snatched by another. However, the secret is out! In October, Seth opened a shop in the heart of Lawrenceville- an industrial dream of exposed brick, wooden floors, peeling paint and plaster.
Seth has learned to rely on his support system more and more as his business has grown. “Whether it’s web design, social media marketing, or building a custom table, I’ve always been guilty of trying to do everything on my own. Once my business started taking off, I quickly realized I needed to let go and accept some help from others. Fortunately, there were plenty of talented people ready to offer a hand.”
To feast with your biggest supporters this holiday, consider your local shops and how they can form a menu. Or follow in Toll Gate Revival’s Lawrenceville trails, and visit the Butcher on Butler for a centerpiece, still-life-worthy cut of pork, cut French style as only the butcher can do. Since your attention will be on the roast, fill the rest of the menu with those roasted winter vegetable staples you can make with your eyes closed. Infuse cider, offer a quality rum, and stock your table with all the industrial details only Toll Gate Revival can provide.
Kristen MacMillan, design (champagneandpost.com); John Malecki, design consultations and custom builds (johnmalecki.com); Anthony Vennare, promoter (madeinpgh.com); not pictured: Nicholas & Lucas Comanici of Seneca Creek, shop apparel (senecacreek.us).
Check out the other shops and festivities I featured in my article.
Featured in TABLE Magazine, Issue #37, Winter.
Story & Styling by Quelcy.
Menu & Recipes by Quelcy (French Style Herb Crusted Pork Roast)
Photography by Adam Milliron.
Venue: Toll Gate Revival vintage shop
Meat from Butcher on Butler.
Produce from 52nd Street Market
Cider Cocktail featuring Maggie’s Farm Rum
Florals from Roxanne’s Dried Flowers