The space in downtown Bend formerly occupied by Ranch Records is set to reopen next week under a new name, with a new purpose.
Lark is a home decor and design shop at 831 NW Wall St. that features items in a “Mountain Modern” style, said its owner, Karen Letourneau. She also owns Lone Crow Bungalow, 937 NW Wall St., itself a place for home decor but in more rustic Mission or Craftsman styles.
“The new store will be quite a different look,” she said. “I feel I’ve been at it long enough that I have a sense of what people are after, and especially what tourists are after.”
She defined Mountain Modern as a “modern style with a mountain edge, earthy and Bendy.”
Letourneau and her husband, Dr. Scott Letourneau, purchased the entire building at 831 NW Wall, the E.M. Thompson Building, in August 2014. The brick structure, one of the oldest in Bend, dates to 1915, and takes its name from Edgar Thompson, who built it and lived in it with his family until 1920, according to the Deschutes County Historical Society.
Francis Senger, of Mission Building and Renovation LLC, did the work. The job entailed more than the Letourneaus initially anticipated, Scott Letourneau said. The building needed extensive rewiring and replumbing to bring it up to code, his wife said.
“A lot of guys would have run the other way,” Karen Letourneau said. “He was all about it.”
The first-floor home for Lark required extensive remodeling, too, she said. And work is still underway to revamp the courtyard at the building rear, on NW Brooks Street.
The second floor is leased by the Tower Theatre Foundation, which has already moved in, Karen Letourneau said. The former first-floor tenant, Ranch Records, moved in January to a new home not far away, 117 NW Oregon Ave.
The Letourneaus planned a private grand opening for supporters of the project at the building today and a soft opening of Lark on Monday.
Karen Letourneau said she wanted an upbeat name for her new venture; “a short, strong word with a happy connotation,” she said. “Lark, not the bird. Lark, the happy word.”
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