Many will recall Carly Pochop’s creative art studio on Eighth Avenue NE called Colorful Creations. There she built a steady following of artists, crafters, and hobbyists. But in 2018, she and her husband Cory were attracted to the downtown area due to increased foot traffic and a vibe of revitalization. They purchased a white glazed terra cotta building at 207 south Main (formerly Jan’s Ceramics) and relocated Colorful Creation in Aberdeen’s historic core. During a facelift of the building (purchased, renovated, and sold by Downtown Aberdeen Revitalization Team, or DART), the original business sign was discovered, revealing the building’s date and original owner. The name is A. Olander, and the store was a fine men’s wear shop when it opened in 1912. After a run at several downtown endeavors, a pregnant Carly decided to slow down and focus on the family. She sold Colorful Creations in 2021, but she and Cory retained the building, for which they had major plans.
Instead of traditional leased apartments, they went a different direction. They decided to convert them to short-stay rentals and advertise them on online services like Airbnb. They still went through a major backbreaking renovation of the units, stripping away 100 years of patina, wall coverings, and modern amenities from the 1970s. Carly says they furnished the units with things she would love to have in her home if the short-term rental plan doesn’t work out. They now have two finely appointed, historic-modern, hip rental units for visitors to Aberdeen. //