Leo’s Vintage Clothing and Costume Rental is tucked away in an upstairs suite on 9th Street between Dryer’s Shoes and Coffee Zone. It’s been there for over 40 years and, ironically, boasts the title of “Columbia’s best kept secret.” It’s true, though.

If you stopped a stranger on the street and asked him if he”d ever been to Leo’s, he would probably give you a funny look and shake his head. For those of us who do frequent the store (hipsters and artists mostly,) we often go just to look around or we enjoy digging through the shelves and shelves, piles and piles of treasures — historical relics, elaborate costumes, extensive collections of old LP’s or denim overalls.

As a photographer, I love to explore Leo’s novel textures and colors with the lens of a camera. Maybe you, too, will decide to go exploring … If you have an hour to kill after school, perhaps stop by and lose yourself in the store’s labyrinth of many treasures — it’s easy to do.

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By Aniqa Rahman

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Aniqa (pronounced On-eh-kah) is a perfect, pleasant and phenomenal photographer for The Rock and Bearing News. But all alliteration aside, Aniqa is one of the most amiable people around. Her smiles are infections, her sense of style is pulchritudinous, and her many talents are just plain precious. She can cut hair like no other and sing and dance at the same time, which explains why our beautiful belle is in show choir. And if singing and dancing isn't already quite the mix, Aniqa can also play the ukulele, guitar and piano (though not at the same time). She loves to hike, and is in the recently resurrected True False Film Club. If you see Aniqa in the hallways, don't be afraid to give her a hearty "Bonjour!" (yes, she'll understand since she's also in French Honors Society), because you'll receive in return a beautiful smile that will definitely make your day.


  1. Brilliant! I’m part of the crowd that had previously never heard of Leo’s – but you’ve convinced me. I’ll be making a trip ASAP 🙂


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