By Denise DePaolo
”I just love being downtown,” says Zach DeBoer of his Main Avenue loft. “As a business owner and working downtown, it makes sense to live here. I walk everywhere or ride my bike. You’re never far away from anything.”
DeBoer and girlfriend Molly O’Connor have lived in the third floor apartment for one year. An open concept floor plan makes the space appear larger than its 900 square feet.
“It’s nice being in the kitchen and being able to see to the other side of the apartment,” says DeBoer.
The kitchen flows seamlessly into a multi-purpose space, which the couple uses as a studio/dining/living room. Not to mention an aviary. DeBoer and O’Connor’s parakeet and cockatiel perch attentively near the large east-facing window, above the watchful eyes of their poodle mix, Ollie.
The first thing that strikes a visitor to the home is the art. The pair met while attending the University of South Dakota, where they each majored in art-related fields. Brandon-native DeBoer works for Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. and owns Exposure Gallery & Studios, just two blocks away. Vermillion-native O’Connor works in the nearby CNA Building as a graphic designer for the USD Foundation. The apartment is a testament to their involvement in the USD art community. Starting with the furniture.
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