Talent is everywhere in this town, but sometimes you have to step over a few dusty boards to find it. Rough industrial property north of downtown is the perfect place for budget-conscious start-ups with plenty of skill, smarts and passion for their craft. But now the entrepreneurial buzz is shifting to all areas of downtown.

A prime example: The newly restored Bain Wagon Company Building at 12th and Leavenworth Streets. It provides the backdrop for an introduction to three metro area entrepreneurs, each with a unique knack that satisfies a demand for old-school craftsmanship created with a contemporary eye.


Tony Regier's Natural Ventures business collective is in the midst of a “modern historic” renovation of a warehouse at 1215 Leavenworth St. “Our goal is to take this 1886 structure back to its original cast-iron-and- brick exterior,” says Regier.

The architectural integrity of the interior is preserved in a modular framework that highlights original exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and bead board (incorporated in counters). Oma's Deli, The Storage Loft and Natural Therapy - offshoots of Natural Ventures - currently operate from The Bain.

Regier says momentum is strong among entrepreneurs looking to be downtown, and The Bain gives them a new option - with parking (nearly 50 stalls) on site.

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