Now, her landlord is kicking her out.
"I'm looking at a location right now," Regelson says, adding that she'd like to find a new home in the Grace Street area between Belvidere and Harrison streets.
"I'd like to be out of here before students come back in the fall, but I just don't know yet," she says.
Regelson's landlord, Robert Magarian, says he's not sure what will become of his row houses on West Grace.
"We might sell it, but we're not planning on selling it right away," he says. "We probably will sell it or do something with it."
Regelson says the owner told her in December she had one year to make other arrangements. "I had to make him tell me," she says. "I told him 'I need to know what you're going to do because I need to know what I'm going to do.'"
Even though the area surrounding Exile is being rapidly developed by Virginia Commonwealth University, spokeswoman Pam Lepley says she isn't aware of any plans for the 800 block of West Grace.
Regelson, however, says the university would eventually push her out, one way or another. "VCU seems to like suburban strip malls," she says. "They don't seem to be promoting small, individually owned businesses."
For Regelson, the change brings a mix of emotions.
"I have a lot of sentimental attachment to this building," she says. "I've been in here so long."
Kathryn Harvey, who was found murdered with her husband Bryan and their two daughters in their Woodland Heights home on New Year's Day, worked with Regelson for three years. World of Mirth started on the upper floor of Exile.
"Bryan Harvey even painted the front of the building, so every time I walk in, I think of Bryan," Regelson says. SClick here for more News and Features