Steinway & Sons opens factory store in Lake Oswego
Last month, Lake Oswego welcomed a new type of business to the Lake View Village shopping center.
Steinway & Sons — which sells premiere performance pianos — opened its only Steinway-owned showroom in Oregon at 385 1st St., Suite 123 in mid-October.
"The Portland area is home to a vibrant musical culture, and it is exciting to see Steinway enter the community with this new showroom," said Gavin English, president of Steinway & Sons Americas in a press release.
The business offers new Steinway and Steinway-designed Boston and Essex Pianos. The store plans to eventually sell used pianos as well.
"Ninety-eight percent of all concerts played in the U.S. last year were played on Steinways," said Rick Zackery, Steinway & Sons Portland showroom manager. "It's pretty much the prominent performance piano. The company goes back to 1853. They're hand built in New York."
Zackery said Steinway & Sons started searching for a factory store location in the area back in 2019.
"Because Steinway is the prominent piano, they wanted this kind of look. They wanted to be in this type of location: a higher-end shopping area," Zackery said. "We have a beautiful showroom here. They didn't want to be off the beaten path, more or less."
When the pandemic hit, the company put the search on hold until January 2021. Zackery said there was availability in Lake View Village and the location fit exactly what Steinway was seeking.
"Before COVID, we wouldn't have been able to have this spot, quite frankly," Zackery said. "It's been really great."
Zackery added that the Lake Oswego location is safe and ideal for families and offers a unique synergy with nearby restaurants and shopping.
The company plans to eventually invite Steinway artists to town for concerts and have piano teachers use the space for recitals.
The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, visit Steinway & Sons Portland website.
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