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Bailey's Uptown Inn

You might just drive right by it.  With its stately white porch and blue siding, it looks like one of the many historic homes nestled in the heart of Uptown Dallas.  Even on the inside, with the delicate crown moldings, hardwood floors, and beautifully crafted fireplaces, Bailey’s Uptown Inn is reminiscent of a different era.

But this charming bed and breakfast is actually a fairly new addition to Uptown.  Less than a decade ago, 2505 Worthington Street was just an empty lot.  And Andrea Friedheim was consumed with her work at Chase Bank.  The job kept Friedheim on the road constantly. 

“I did a lot of traveling because I had clients all over the southwest and so every time I would travel, if I could find a bed and breakfast to stay in, I would try to stay in one… traveling gets really tiring, staying in a hotel all the time,” she said.

Friedheim developed a fondness for those bed and breakfasts. “To me it’s more intimate… it’s a little bit more homey and comfortable but it still has the conveniences of a hotel,” she said.

In 2003, after years in the banking business, she decided to open her own inn. Friedheim and her father, a now retired real estate developer, began searching for an ideal location. 

“We found the neighborhood that we wanted to be in, because not a lot of neighborhoods will allow you to open a bed and breakfast. We looked around Uptown for something to remodel and we couldn’t find anything that would accommodate a lot of bathrooms,” she said. “We found this lot and actually there was nothing on it for 50 years that we could find. “

Within walking distance from a variety of restaurants, spas, and other attractions, the lot they found in Uptown was perfect. It took about nine months for the building to be completed. From the ground up, the inn was a family affair. Friedheim’s father, Joe, served as the general contractor and builder. Her mother, Joyce, lent her expertise as well. The picture-perfect décor looks like it could grace the cover of a home furnishings magazine. 

“I guess you could say I had a lot of ‘donated’ furnishings. I had a lot of stuff from my own house, I had furniture from my parents' house because they were moving to a smaller house,” Friedheim said.  She taps the magnificent formal dining table, “this was their table. The couches were in my dad’s office so I just had to have stuff recovered or slipcovered.  My mom is also a decorator so she made all of the draperies and all of the pillows and bedskirts.”

When she first opened Bailey’s, named after her beloved Labrador Retriever who has since passed, Friedheim continued to work at the bank. As business grew, she slowly began cutting her hours back.

“I just worked until I got busy enough and could quit…being a banker gave me a unique perspective about how to come up with the money…so I was able to do that and I actually lived here and worked for Chase for about 18 months while it was getting up and going. I had a lot of help from my parents, they would help me if I had guests on the weekdays that I needed to feed and had to be at work,” she said.

Today, Friedheim is married with a five-year-old son. Because most of her guests reserve rooms for the weekends, she has time during the week to run a handful of e-commerce websites with her husband.  Her parents, who live beside the inn, continue to lend a hand. On this day, her father puttered around the bed and breakfast, putting his handyman skills to work.

“I’ve been able to really narrow it down to the parts I like and focus on visiting with the guests and cooking,” she said.

Although she loves whipping up some scrumptious French toast or a savory southwestern frittata, Friedheim said the best part of being an innkeeper is meeting the guests.  Visitors from all over the world and a few celebrities, like Tyne Daly, have slumbered in some of the inn’s comfortable bedrooms.

“I had a whole group from Australia who came for a week to see the Super Bowl,” she said. “I’ve met people from everywhere and I really like visiting with the people that come and even people just from the neighborhood. Hearing everybody’s different life stories is interesting to me, I enjoy it.”

While Friedheim said she didn’t grow up wanting to run a bed and breakfast, she’s glad she found a way to combine some of her favorite things.

“I never had the idea that I wanted to be in hospitality, I just loved staying in inns, I liked meeting the people, I liked decorating, so there are a lot of things about it that I like and I love to cook so that all went together,” she said.

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