Thanks to Eric Best at The Journal for this great article!!!
Antique aficionados offer their vintage finds in Northeast
By ERIC BEST
JULY 6, 2017
UPDATED: JULY 6, 2017 – 11:05 AM
From Victorian sofas to ornate rugs, On Solid Ground has storied goods for any event
Romanian parlor chairs and reclaimed barn wood furniture line the walls of the warehouse space of Lisa Loudon and Alonso Sierralta.
The husband and wife are the owners of On Solid Ground, a vintage rental service in the Strong Scott Building in Northeast Minneapolis. The business offers antiques, some of them more than a century old, for weddings, photoshoots, corporate events and more.
There aren’t any plastic-wrapped or out-of-the-box pieces in their eclectic collection. The duo’s authentically aged pieces come with much of the natural wear and tear from the hundreds of people who’ve used them before. Loudon said it gives them life.
“We want to leave the patina on it. When people rent from us they like to hear the story. They like to know that the piece actually has a history — a life — so we leave it,” she said.
Loudon and Sierralta, both artists and teachers by trade, bought the business last year from its original owner. At that point, On Solid Ground was located in a space about one-third the size in the 900 Building in Marcy-Holmes. The two Windom Park residents then expanded the business and relocated to a 2,600-square-foot space in the Mid-City Industrial neighborhood.
Over the past year, Loudon and Sierralta have added their own pieces — Loudon is a hobbyist vintage collector — and doubled the inventory, which consists of refurbished dining chairs, rustic wood cabinets, swag lighting, chalkboards and vintage bikes. The two said they find many of their new pieces through estate sales, thrift stores or right off Craigslist.
Photo by Lisa Loudon
Many of the items available for rent come from around the Victorian era of the late 1800s and early 1900s, including some of their most popular pieces, Loudon said. Their sofas are common backdrops at weddings and editorial photos shoots, especially a royal gold lounge sofa named Vivian.
“She’s sort of a little starlet,” Loudon said.
Instead of buying new, one-off furniture, Loudon said their service offers event planners a chance to rework old pieces into their gatherings.
“We’re reusing stuff or recycling stuff, so there’s something ‘green’ about it,” she said.
Sierralta brings his experience as an artistic sculptor to build unique rustic pieces, such as rare ceremony doors made from barn wood. He also designs and builds custom items specific for events.
On Solid Ground’s pieces have attracted ad agencies, event centers and florists, including big names like Macy’s and even comedian Jim Belushi, who needed props for a local show. The business has no minimum rental and clients can put together wishlists online before ordering.
On Solid Ground, at 451 Taft St. NE, is open for appointments and drop-ins. Information on pieces and prices is available at onsolidgroundrentals.com.
Alonso Sierralta’s custom ceremony doors at an event at the Machine Shop. Photo by Jaimee Morse
We’ve been having such a great time with Macy’s this year!
Here are some images from the Spring fashion event last Saturday. Lesley from Lake Harriet Florist did a wonderful job with the floral! Courtney Steeves selected some gorgeous pieces to adorn our custom made clothing rack for the “Blogger Closet” vignette. Thank goodness our custom canopy cleared that can light for the DIY activity station! WHEW!
We loved visiting with all of you that attended the event! Hope to see you at the Summer event coming soon!
Oh yah, and that’s me doing the live painting!
We’ve been working hard to get these bad boys into the inventory- and here they are (drum roll please)- OUR NEW CEREMONY DOORS!!!!
Made by our very own company rock star Alonso!
OSG goes back to school!!! Here is our new beautiful channel tufted wingback built around 1920. She is in dire need of a facelift so here I am in an upholstery class. All you other inventory items look out!
Honored and proud to win the people’s choice for Outstanding Event Rentals in MSP Magazine’s 2016 Diamond Awards!!!
So much new inventory!!! We have been hunting, collecting, refurbishing, and trying to get new photos up ASAP. These are a few of the new pieces we’ve found. Can’t wait to see them in action!
Here we are, all set up for the opening of Machine Shop! We have some new items to show off including these King and Queen chairs and some really groovy swag lights! Alonso built a beautiful structure to hang the lights from!
So many great swag lights!
And, this new structure is a great architectural element for draping or creating a more private environment at any event.
Alonso… on the run!
OSG at Styled for Good 2016!!
All photos by Amanda Marie Studio