Businessman transforms loft into 1930s-era speakeasy

Jan 15th 2019

An aficionado of the 1930s-era American Mafia, Michael Whitehead claims he was born in the wrong era.

And by the look of his two-bedroom loft, located inconspicuously above Overmountain Outdoors on Tipton Street in downtown Johnson City, he is probably right.

Businessman transforms loft into 1930s-era speakeasy

Whitehead and the interior design team of Todd Fields and David Mallory recently finished transforming the second-story flat, which previously served as a dental lab, into one of Johnson City’s most extraordinary private-living quarters.

The stairwell at 106 Tipton Street is like a time warp, with the large oak door serving as a portal transporting you back to a 1929 “speakeasy” as soon as you turn its enamel doorknob.