Luottamus Partners, the property company owned by Rose Marie Paavola and Marie Mitchum, has sold the former Abeco Office Systems storefront on Commercial Street in downtown Astoria to Hollywood Vintage, a vintage clothing and accessory store in Portland.
William Hicks, the registered owner of Hollywood Vintage, did not respond to requests for comment.
Luottamus Partners, founded in the mid-2000s by Paavola and the late downtown advocate Mitch Mitchum to fix up buildings downtown, once owned eight properties but is down to three. Paavola and Mitch Mitchum won a Dr. Edward. J. Harvey Award in 2010 for their restoration of the Sanborn Building at 10th and Commercial streets, which had been gutted by fire.
“It was my intention to purchase all the properties from Mitch, but I’m getting old,” Paavola said, adding that selling them is part of an effort to wrap up his estate.
The two bought 1312 and 1332 Commercial St. from Columbia State Bank in 2015. The two buildings long housed Abeco and Columbia Chocolates, which have since moved west along Commercial Street into the former Link’s Sporting Goods storefront.
Luottamus Partners sold 1312 Commercial St., the historic Dealey & Malone Building, to Elizabeth Harris earlier this year. The building houses Lee’s Attic antiques store. The company still owns the Astoria Event Center at 255 Ninth St. and the Odd Fellows Building and Sanborn Building at 10th and Commercial streets.
Paavola separately owns the iconic pink building at 433 13th St., where she ran Columbia Travel Bureau until retiring recently. The building is being remodeled into office space for Peter Tadei’s company, Myriad Commercial Properties, and other firms. But after their lease expires, Paavola said, she will be back inside doing her own thing.
“I’m going to be buried in that building,” she said.