Beatrice Moore Closes the Main Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory with Plans for Three New Gallery/Business Spaces
Come fall, Grand Avenue's large gallery and event space inside the historic Bragg's Pie Factory at 1301 W. Grand Ave. will no longer be host to its signature huge gallery shows and arts events.
photo by Claire Lawton The Mutant Pinata Show at Bragg's Pie Factory, 2012
According Beatrice Moore, who's owned the building since 2004, the almost 5,000 sq ft area with high, exposed ceilings and concrete floors has already been fitted with interior walls that will section the gallery into three spaces for smaller businesses or arts related tenants.
photo by Claire Lawton Work by Joseph Sentrock Perez at Bragg's Pie Factory, 2011
"We've owned the space for a long time," says Moore. "And while we've been able to program bigger shows and host community meetings, those events were a lot to manage ... I have other things I'd like to focus on, and I feel like splitting up the space will activate the street and it will be much nicer to have more space open for regular hours along Grand Avenue."
Moore's no stranger to owning and managing property. She's purchased, fixed up, and found tenants for most of the buildings along Grand Avenue, where she also owns and operates her arts and crafts supply store, Kooky Krafts.
When she and her partner, Tony Zahn, bought Bragg's Pie in 2004, she says the building was a mess. They tore out the original and re-poured a new concrete floor, brought the building up to code, and the space has since been home to a variety of businesses that occupy the back area including Lady Luck Tattoo, Studio 8, Modern Cat, and My Goodness Cakes.