There’s another new business coming to the block of Saturday’s party to celebrate the soon-to-open 19th and Mercer building. Across the street, a former woodwork shop is being transformed into a new store with hopes of supplying the area’s new apartment dwellers and longtime residents with tables, chairs and more – Tirto Furniture.
“We’re hoping for a lot of foot traffic when the building opens,” Chris Tirtoprodjo said about his new store that will feature reclaimed teak creations from his family’s workshop in Indonesia. He plans to open shop in November.
Tirtoprodjo says his showroom at 1908 E Mercer will feature almost purely reclaimed teak from old houses, railroad ties and chicken coops. “Everything is made in small batches, nothing mass produced,” he said.
Tirtoprodjo previously worked at South Lake Union’s David Smith & Company as his father ran the teak workshop overseas. The plan had been for Tirtoprodjo and other employees to eventually take over the business but when the company’s founder passed away, Tirtoprodjo said the David Smith family decided to shut down. ”It’s time to do our own thing,” Tirtoprodjo said.
The handmade philosophy should fit in well with Tirto Furniture’s soon to open retail neighbors across the street — each a local, indie venture. For more information, visit tirtofurniture.com.
As a reminder, you can get a sneak peek at what’s to come from Linda Derschang, Molly Moon, Dani Cone and the gang — and, the marketers hope, take a tour of the new building’s apartments — at Saturday’s 19th and Delicious party:
19th & Delicious Block Party
Noon to 5 PM
19th Ave E at E Mercer
19th & Delicious is a celebration of all the amazing food (and culture) on Capitol Hill’s 19th Avenue.
Come out to see why so many people love this little slice of Capitol Hill and to welcome new entrepreneurs to the neighborhood.
Savory Snacks from Tallulah’s and Kingfish Cafe
Sweets from Hello Robin, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream, and High 5 Pie
Buzz from Fuel Coffee
Live music by Night Cadet
Games from Moonjar
Tours of 19th & Mercer Apartments
Benefiting the Jubilee Women’s Center