Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeffrey Allen offers antique Asian furniture and décor at its new Tigard storefront on Southwest Main Street.  A crowd of loyal customers flocked to Tigard’s Main Street last week to celebrate the return of Jeffrey Allen Home & Garden.

Jeffrey Allen — the brainchild of brothers Peter and Allen Luong — has been closed for months as workers moved the business to its new home in downtown.

The business specializes in the one-of-a-kind, with Asian antiques and décor from several hundred years ago.

The store officially opened for business July 24, after more than a decade in the Tigard Triangle — the section of town between Highway 217 and Interstate 5.

The new storefront offers a larger space, complete with a courtyard, and a new name, Jeffrey Allen Gallery.

“We really think this is a wonderful town, and we want to set roots here,” Allen Luong said. “This is a place we see a lot of potential and wonderful people.”

Allen said the gallery’s arrival could spark more businesses to follow in its footsteps.

“We hope this sets a new trend to bringing new life to the city,” he said.

Much of the shop’s merchandise can sell for thousands of dollars. One 19th century cabinet in the business’ main showroom has a $13,500 price tag.

It’s certainly a change for Main Street, and Kenny Asher, Tigard’s community development director, said it’s a welcome one.

“Jeffrey Allen Gallery’s relocation is a game changer,” he said. “It’s a unique business and perfect for the new downtown.”

The move was supported by Tigard’s urban renewal agency, which oversees downtown improvements. Funded by tax-increment financing, the agency is working on several projects, including building new public spaces, making street improvements and attracting new housing and businesses to the long-troubled area.

Photo Credit: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jeffrey Allen Gallery co-owner Peter Luong shows a customer a piece during the grand opening of the store in downtown Tigard. The city’s targeted improvement program provides matching grants to attract tenants to vacant buildings. The building Jeffrey Allen took over has been vacant since 2010, when previous owner Lab 33 skate shop closed its doors.

The urban renewal agency also gave matching funds to improve the building’s façade. The Luongs spent months remodeling the building, adding windows, doors and an upstairs as well as constructing a small addition to the building.

But the shop’s real marvel is the massive Vietnamese temple located inside the store.

Filling an entire room, it took more than two and a half years and more than 150 people in Vietnam to create each ornate sculpture.

“Every stitch of this is hand carved,” Allen Luong said. “The people that carved the gate didn’t talk to the people who carved the table who didn’t talk to the people who made the sign. When we sent it back to Vietnam for them to see their workmanship, they were surprised. ‘This is in America?’ They couldn’t believe it.”

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Where: 12460 SW Main St., Tigard

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The business opens during a massive construction project in downtown, rebuilding Main Street with more environmentally friendly amenities such as planters for better storm water runoff, LED streetlights and new water and sewer lines, as well as improved sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.

That construction isn’t expected to wrap up before the fall.

“We want to be pioneers, like the people who opened shops along Mississippi or Alberta or Hawthorne,” Allen Luong said. “We are willing to invest in our community and watch it grow. We don’t want to have 12 stores, we want one store, and we want to have it here. This is our community, and we want the community to be a part of our store.”

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