Darla and Bob Springer took the term “multiple use” to heart when they renovated a building that once was only a dentist office on K-Beach Rd. The home office for the new Springer Real Estate Group is now in the Springer Building which once housed Rohloff Dental clinic. Darla Springer was formerly with Five Star Realty where she managed a Kenai Branch office prior to opening Springer Real Estate Group last October. “I miss the group at Five Star but I love having my own building and serving the community on our own,” Darla told the Dispatch at a recent open house. The Springer Building also houses White Dove Paper & Gallery, RS Inspection Services and Accent Color Painting.
White Dove Gallery formerly had a shop at the Kenai Landing and Manager, Shannon Fitt says she is thrilled with their new location, “People have been looking for us now that the Landing is closed and here we will have so much more to offer along with White Dove Paper which imports papers from all over the world. It’s a mini-gallery really and we will be having classes on book making, with all the tools available right here and we are planning on getting accredited so we can offer classes through the school district for home school people. We are also showcasing different artists here at our gallery,” she said. The White Dove Gallery is open Monday through Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm.
One of the artists now at the gallery is “The Old Knot Head” himself, wood carver Richard Behrens. Behrens is a carver from Sterling and maker of tables, canes and bowls in addition to his sculptures, “I guess someone called me that once and it kind of fit so I just kept it,” said Behrens. “Years ago I just had a cabin out in the woods and once I built it I had to furnish it so I started observing formations of certain trees and I started seeing table legs or tops for tables and one thing led to another and once you start carving and making the most of nature for yourself, I started thinking maybe other folks would like this in their homes so I started selling my pieces and now they say I’m an artist. It’s something I enjoy and when someone else enjoys what I make it makes one appreciate even more and inspires my imagination,” he said.
Bob Springer, owner of RS Inspection Services started in 1972 in building construction working all aspects of the construction process. The first 5 years were in commercial construction then 13 years in residential construction. In 1990 he started working for the City of Kenai. The first 3 years doing service & repair of building systems. The next 15 years as the Building Official reviewing building plans, inspecting new and existing buildings and supervising maintenance of city buildings. In 1996 he started RS Inspection Services doing construction inspections of new homes. In 1997 he added home inspections for real estate transactions. Then in 1998 he became an AHFC authorized energy rater allowing him to do energy ratings on new and existing houses for AHFC home loans and the Energy Rebate Program. He is also a licensed Journeyman Plumber and has 40 plus years of experience in building construction, service, repair, code compliance and inspection. In 2007 he became a Real Estate Licensee and in 2010 a Real Estate Associate Broker. He also shares Co-Ownership of the Springer Real Estate Group with Darla in the Springer Building. You can learn more about the Springer Real Estate Group at www.SpringerRealEstateGroup.com or call 283-3969.