Local specialty contractor Michael Blaise is preparing a new artisan furniture store and specialty bar for renovated space in Downtown Orlando's Ivanhoe Village neighborhood.
Three years ago, Blaise and partner Amy Smith converted an old storage warehouse at 1427 N. Orange Ave. into The Lucky Lure, a local bar at the intersection with N. Ivanhoe Boulevard.
He now wants to renovate a furniture and accessories store directly south into The Ivanhoe Furnishings and Libations (1425 N. Orange Ave.).
The space was previously occupied by Via Garden and Washburn Imports. To its south is Ta-Ke Sushi Bar.
Blaise owns local fabrication and construction company Blaise Built, Inc., which uses an array of metails, wood and plastics in artisan contracting work for bars, restaurants and hotels.
He plans to reinvent the space as a showroom for furniture and artwork from local artisans, set amongst a wine and craft bar.
"I like the idea of being able to promote the work of local artists, and part of our allure will be having that creative lineup change from month to month," Blaise told GrowthSpotter on Friday. "This will be a spot that will offer what we can't at Lucky Lure. We'll have an extensive wine selection, the craftier beers and specialty cocktails."
The bar would have 12 tables and a service bar in 1,430 square feet of total area with artwork and furniture interspersed throughout, per renovation plans submitted to the city. John D. Youngman of Longwood is the project architect.
The building's front elevation won't be changed significantly for The Ivanhoe Furnishings and Libations, though some trellises and living plant walls may be applied to give the frontage a "garden vibe," Blaise said.
Buildout of the new establishment will be self-financed by Blaise and Smith. He declined to forecast their investment budget.
Blaise has a building permit for the project approved by the city, though it's on hold by the zoning department until he can show evidence of off-site parking agreements. Those were provided to city staff on Oct. 10.
An early-start permit provided by the city has allowed Blaise to conduct some renovation work inside. He expects completing that buildout to go quickly after the city releases his building permit, and estimates a December opening.
Blaise said they have negotiated off-site parking agreements with A and T Antiques at 1620 N. Orange Ave. (less than 500 feet away), and Nova Restaurant at 1409 N. Orange (less than 500 feet away). Verbal agreements are also in place with two other nearby businesses.
Hours for The Ivanhoe would coincide with The Lucky Lure, which are 3 pm to 2 am, Monday through Friday, and noon to 2 am, Saturday and Sunday.