A long-vacant property near Smith and Dodd has a new owner with some serious plans to class up the joint.
Deckci Decor, an event decor rental company, is in the process of moving into the former O’Reilly Auto Parts location at 973 / 975 Smith, next door to Smith Liquors. The building, while well maintained, has been vacant for at least five years.
Owner Kristen Cici (presumably the “ci” in “Deckci”), says they plan to open in a few weeks, with an open house planned for March 29th. Cici says she serves 250-300 weddings per year. “We rent everything from table linens to paper lanterns, pipe/drape to charger plates and we focus on providing high quality for an affordable price.”
Cici says she toured 20-25 properties throughout the metro area before choosing Smith Avenue. “We decided on the Smith property because of its convenient location, affordable price, and great building. It has good bones – just needs primarily cosmetic updates. Hence our plans to update the front the building with lighting and paint once it’s warmer out.”
Once the company is moved in, Deckci will operate out of the north half of the building (973 Smith) and lease out the other half.
With Taste of Love, one of the top bakeries in the city for custom wedding cakes, and letterpress shop Nomadic Press nearby, perhaps the neighborhood is becoming a hub for the wedding-planning industry?
At any rate, it’s great to see this classic retail building in great hands. Welcome to the neighborhood!