1296 Commercial Street
Downtown Astoria, Oregon
Opened Summer 2017
Hours: Monday - Friday 10a - 6p
Owners: David Kiedrowskie and Tony Lowlar
Background: David is a long-time interior designer, and his partner Tony is now retired from a career with Amtrak. Their first store was in Seattle. Then about seven years ago they moved south and opened a store in Centralia, Washington, which they still own and operate. Shortly after their Centralia location became a success they decided to open a store in Cannon Beach. It was recently that they relocated their Cannon Beach store into the heart of Downtown Astoria.
What is the origin of your business… and why Astoria?
As Tony and David traveled between Centralia and Cannon Beach, they would often stop in Astoria for dinner. They loved the vibe, funky-friendly feeling and witnessing the evolution of Astoria. Eventually, the rent in Cannon Beach became untenable, and they began thinking of the great culture in Astoria. After seeing a for-rent sign at their current location on Commercial Street, they contacted the owners. The excitement of the property owner was one of the deciding factors in their choice of location in the old Danish Bakery, which they know call home.
What are you customers like?
All types of people, especially women and couples. David and Tony have a loyal following, and design clients across the country. But often when men are brought in a store by their significant other, they end up the last to the leave the store!
What makes you stand out... special products/services?
Fruffles is a very comfortable environment with attentive services, outstanding products displays showcasing a unique selection of kitchen gear and beautiful table clothes, napkins and runners. As a home décor store they also have furniture and lighting - store is a mix of contemporary arts and crafts.
Downtown Dream for Astoria:
Keep the funky vibe going! It would be great to see a jazz club open up. Hearkening to our storied past, they can envision what the Astor Building could be like as a grand hotel.