BC Modern Store Moving To Bay View
Mid-Century Modern resale shop finds a Mid-Century Modern home.
The original shop opened in 2015 at 908 S. 5th St.
Lewis plans on making several changes to the building, including adding a 1950s-style candy shop and a recording studio. Constructed in 1968, the building itself already has mid-century modern design elements.
“The last 18 months or so I’ve been spending a lot of time on YouTube and TikTok,” Lewis said, “so I’m like, okay, I need to start to tell my story more, so that’s why I want to do that in the building.”
“I don’t buy stuff just because I can make money,” Lewis said. “I fill my story full of stuff that I like personally.”
Lewis started the business as We Bay Auctions in 2005, offering eBay consignment services to local businesses. In 2011, the business expanded into Brew City Auctions & Estate Sales, an auction company that offers liquidation services to estate owners and businesses. Some store inventory for BC Modern comes from Brew City Auctions.
“That’s how I keep BC Modern full of really cool stuff: by buying it directly from homes,” Lewis said.
Once home to a financial institution, the Chase Ave. building also housed the Gluten-Free Trading Company. The specialty grocer closed in 2014 and more recently the 4,783-square-foot building was home to Vineyard Milwaukee Church.
Lewis is planning on opening the Bay View location in August. The current BC Modern location in Walker’s Point is open for in-person shopping the last weekend of every month from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.