Ted Osborn, a local architect and preservationist, has sold the Allen Building at the corner of Commercial and 10th streets in Astoria to Lake Oswego couple Daniel Kaiser and Yvonne Troutman.
Troutman, who manages a plastic surgery clinic in Clackamas, said she and Kaiser, an auto dealership owner and former world foosball champion, fell in love with Astoria and were looking for opportunities to invest locally. The two also own a 19th century duplex in Astoria and visit often.
“It’s really important to me to keep the vibe of what Astoria is,” Troutman said. “My concern is that as it becomes a more popular destination, there will be more outside interests coming in that don’t pertain to Astoria.”
The couple face filling all three of the Allen Building’s storefronts. Home decor store In the Boudoir and consignment clothing shop The Fox & Fawn both closed in March. Ratz & Co., a graphic design studio in the building’s 10th Street storefront, will close in October when owner Dave McMacken retires.
The couple are looking for unique businesses that will appeal to locals and tourists alike, Troutman said. “I think what’s going to be important is finding businesses that are sustainable year-round.”
Built in 1924, the Allen Building originally housed a shoe store and a men’s clothing company. Osborn and his wife, Wendy, purchased the building in 2011 as a fixer-upper. They won a Dr. Edward Harvey Award for Historic Preservation from the city in 2014.