The 90s — that decade where the colors were bright, we wore backward clothing because Kriss Kross made it cool and we sang our hearts out to Hanson’s “MMMbop.” It was over 20 years ago, yet we still can’t let it go.
For Jessica Jones, keeping the era alive was the inspiration behind her business Home of the 90s. The Airbnb and event space, located in East Charlotte near the intersection of W.T. Harris Boulevard and Idlewild Road, attracts people near and far who want to experience this unique space and accommodation.
“I wanted to do something completely new and different,” Jones told CharlotteFive.
Initially, the Baltimore native planned to purchase themed backdrops off of Amazon to transform her 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath house in Charlotte. But after checking out local bar Recess, she saw how murals really make a space come to life.
“I asked the owner of Recess who painted their murals because I wanted to connect with the artist for my home. I knew that if I wanted people to take my business seriously, I had to really invest in it.”
Enter Charlotte-based artist Inigma Productions, who worked closely with Jones to bring the vision to life. Now, when you book an event or overnight stay in the home, you’re instantly transported back into the decade, from the “Fresh Prince of Charlotte: wall — a play off of the show “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” — to a painted brick wall complete with 90s slang and a telephone booth. Jones has even installed Nintendo and Sega Genesis game consoles to tug at your nostalgia.
There are two ways to experience the space:
- Book through Airbnb for an overnight stay. You can reserve one bedroom, limited to no more than two people at a time. You and your guest will have full access to the downstairs area, including the art installations.
- For those looking to host an event or to come in for photo shoots, contact Jones directly through her business’ Instagram page. Pricing varies based on your purpose, the amount of people and the amount of time. Bonus: Jones often includes a bedroom for the event host.
When North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper first implemented restrictions on group gatherings during the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Jones shut the home down completely — since she also lives there, she wanted to ensure her own safety.
Now that Phase 2 has been rolled out, she has limited events to no more than 15 people, and the bedroom can be booked again, as well. She keeps hand sanitizer, Lysol wipes and other cleaning supplies available for guests at all times. She also thoroughly cleans the home daily.
Home of the 90s