A third-generation family business is coming full circle with a new furniture showroom in the Sprague Union District.
Tin Roof Furniture owner Heather Hanley is opening Bide & Burgeon on Thursday on the ground floor of the historic Framingham Building at 1730 E. Sprague Ave.
Bide & Burgeon will feature trendy living room, dining room, office and bedroom furniture, as well as décor at accessible prices, Hanley said.
“It’s super on-trend with what you are seeing on Wayfair and Amazon,” she said, adding the 4,000-square-foot showroom will have rotating inventory to ensure a constant selection of new items.
Bide & Burgeon’s location holds special meaning for Hanley as it’s where her grandfather, Arch, opened electronics shop Acme Electric 75 years ago to this day.
Acme Electric later evolved into Tin Roof Furniture, which is across the street from Bide & Burgeon at 1727 E. Sprague Ave.
Hanley had considered building a second showroom on property east of Tin Roof, but after Steve Schmautz, owner of SDS Commercial, purchased the Framingham Building last year, she knew the space would be the right fit for a new store.
“When (SDS Commercial) started redoing the building last year, I thought it would be really cool to rent the space my grandpa originally opened in,” Hanley said. “I had an idea for a store. We found a space, and it all came together at the same time.”
Schmautz has made significant investments in renovating buildings in the Sprague Union District. In 2016, Schmautz purchased the Quality Garage and Pilastro buildings on Sprague Avenue. The buildings have been renovated and house Blue Cat Vintage and Two Women Vintage Goods.
The Framingham Building, a two-story brick building constructed in 1910, formerly housed Barrett Manufacturing Co., a furniture maker that specialized in “trendy overstuffed furniture,” according to a 2016 survey of the East Central Neighborhood by the Historic Preservation Office for the City-County of Spokane.
Vien Dong Vietnamese Restaurant was a former occupant of the building until 2018, when it closed and moved to 3435 E. Trent Ave.
Hanley said it’s been incredible to watch the Sprague Union District evolve into a “Main Street concept.”
Plans call for a new bakery in the neighborhood, and the former Checkerboard Bar is undergoing renovations to reopen as the Checkerboard Taproom, she said.
“When my grandpa opened (Acme Electric), it was a working man’s neighborhood. After Expo ’74, it started taking a turn for the worse,” Hanley said. “People like my father and other business owners really worked hard to bring about change. Slowly but surely it has taken a turn, and exciting things are happening.”
Bide & Burgeon will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Hanley is planning to hold workshops and pop-up shops at the showroom in the future.
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