Hight Energy Vintage is a vintage game, clothing and music shop in Somerville. It’s owned and operated by Andrew Wiley. Wiley, a New Hampshire transplant, originally began selling vintage items at the SOWA market almost four years when he was “broke” and looking to make ends meet.
“It was immediately successful,” said Wiley.
Wiley continued to operate a booth at the market for two years until he opened up a storefront location on Broadway Street in Somerville in October 2012. Since opening its doors, High Energy has experienced steady a steady clientele.
“I don’t think I’ve done any advertising and I kind of like that,” said Wiley. “I like being under the radar.”
Wiley, with help from a few other employees, acquires the shop’s inventory through yard sales and private buy-outs, among other means. Wiley says he’s always been into records, games and clothes so it just made sense to start selling that stuff.
“I like everything in this store … like this shirt, I like this shirt; if it fit me, I’d have it for myself,” said Wiley. “This store is just an extension of me and who I am. It makes sense.”