Historic Building Will Have New Salon And Home Furnishings Shop
For those curious about all the construction activity at the building formerly known as the International Design Center, we can tell you that two upscale businesses will be moving into newly-renovated spaces on the ground floor in the coming months.
Arch Salon & Suites just announced that they’ll create a new facility in the corner unit where health and beauty professionals can rent space to serve their clients. Owner Ali Nanne said the main floor will have 30 open chairs for hair services, while a “really gorgeous loft mezzanine upstairs” will have 11 suites that can be used by anyone from an esthetician to a lasher or acupuncturist.
“We were looking for a grand space,” she said. “When we walked in, it was breathtaking–the extremely high ceilings. And with just the overall demographic of the North Loop, it seemed perfect.”
Before Arch is ready to open (target date: May 1st), a home furnishings and interior design business will be up and running in the same building. Vivid Home has been renovating the middle space on the ground floor, next to Montaggio at 100 2nd Avenue North.
Vivid owner Danielle Loven said her new shop will offer gifts and furnishings for the entire home, with a special emphasis on bedding. “The sheets we’re going to have are mind-blowing,” she said, “to die for.”
While interior design studios will be in the back section, the retail area up front will be laid out like a full home: dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, with furnishings for sale to the public in each section–no appointments necessary. The shop will open this winter, she said.
Meanwhile, Nanne said the demo for Arch Salon and Suites’ build-out will begin this month. She hired a North Loop firm, Studio BV, to do the architectural design. “We are ecstatic to make this place a home to an array of extremely talented and independent health and beauty professionals in the Minneapolis area,” she said.
The building, at the corner of 1st Street and 2nd Avenue, dates back to 1890 and was a warehouse for the Williams Hardware company for more than 60 years before transitioning in the 1970s into a furniture warehouse and showroom.
By Mike Binkley, North Loop volunteer