One of downtown Astoria's most significant buildings, the old Owl Drug store, has a new tenant moving in and setting up for business.

Valley Bronze of Oregon is moving its Western Oregon gallery from Cannon Beach to Astoria. Already the building on the corner of 12th and Commercial has a Valley Bronze sign, but brown paper covers the building's many windows.

Professional photographer Bill Lind, who bought and renovated the Owl Drug building said, he was extremely pleased to have the gallery as a client.

"We're really excited about (Valley Bronze) because it's a real upscale, clean place that appreciates what we've done in that place," he said.

Lind said the company, which has a "great, great gallery" wanted a location with more space and better lighting.

The building offers 3,500 square feet on its main floor and 800 on a mezzanine.

He said the business should be a good addition to the Commercial Street area that has taken on a more upscale feel following the opening of the Hotel Elliot and continuing effort to restore the Liberty Theater.

No one at Valley Bronze returned calls for comment, but according to the Joseph-based company's Web site at (, it offers casting surfaces for artists.

Its galleries sell the artwork produced by various artists and cast in bronze at the foundry in Joseph.


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