Tag: 7850 SE Stark

Dual Storefront Remodel on SE Stark

Yesterday, construction crews began installing the new aluminum and glass storefront at 7850 SE Stark Street. The owners of Flipside Hats bought this building at the beginning of the year to become the new headquarters and factory for their apparel company. When completed, two new shops will occupy this space.

The majority of the building will support hat production, retail, and other business operations for the company. However, Flipside Hat owner Jacob Wollner thought the showroom did not need to occupy the entirety of the storefront. There was an opportunity to split the space and create a second 609 square-foot shop for another tenant. That second storefront will have a separate main entrance and restroom. Wollner explained that it would be an ideal space for a small flower shop or jewelry store. Although prospective tenants have shown interest, none have committed to opening there.

Image courtesy Flipside Hats

The buildout was delayed by a slower than expected city permitting process and a personal matter that took Wollner out of the country. Until recently, the installation of six gooseneck barn lights above the windows was the only outward sign of construction at the site. Now work has ramped up again, and progress is visible. Wollner’s full vision of the building has taken form now that the new aluminum and glass storefront is in place.

Image courtesy Flipside Hats

The building began its existence in 1946, housing the Hook Cycle Shop. Later, Mt. Tabor Schwinn Cyclery took over the space until the mid-1980s. In 1998 a group bought the building for their business, Electronic Claims Services. At that time, the owners removed the storefront and transformed the structure into an office building. This current renovation work is restorative, bring back the shopfront appearance lost in the last century’s remodel.

Image courtesy Flipside Hats

Soon, Flipside hat staff will relocate from their current store at 4438 SE Belmont Street to this new Montavilla location. For twenty years, the building has had its shades drawn and doors shut to the neighborhood. However, even before the store opens on Stark Street, this refacing project will reconnect the continuous retail on the block. Once again, the inviting light of shops will shine out onto the sidewalk and guide shoppers along Montavilla’s historic main street.

Image courtesy Flipside Hats

Town Storefront for Sale

7850 SE Stark Street is listed for sale by its owner, who operates Electronic Claims Services from this location. Property listings for Stark Street storefronts are uncommon, particularly in buildings centrally located in Montavilla Town.

Constructed in 1946, it was home to bicycle stores for much of its early life. First as Lawrence H. Hook’s Hook Cycle Shop, and later as Mt. Tabor Schwinn Cyclery. This trend lasted until the mid-1980s. In 1998 the current owners bought the building for their business.

This building is one of the old holdouts from a darker time on SE Stark Street. In the 1990s, many storefronts in the area converted to office space, and very few buildings were inviting to pedestrians. With 20 years of curtains drawn and staff entered from the parking lot in the back of the building, it has looked more like a wall than a storefront. Electronic Claims Services is a good neighbor and a Montavilla East Tabor Business Association member. However, their business is exclusively online, and this space is more effective as a retail or food-related establishment.

The sale of this building is an excellent opportunity to activate the front of the building with large windows and a public-oriented business. It is between the theater building and Thatcher’s Lounge. SE 79th Ave ends right at its door, making it one of the most visible structures on the block. Commercial real-estate moves slowly, but soon enough, something interesting should arrive at this location.


Interested buyers should contact Nathan Drake with Marcus & Millichap.

Nathan Drake
(503) 200-2046
nathan.drake@marcusmillichap.com