OWENSBORO, Ky. (7/4/14) — 'Where Everything Old is New Again.'
That’s the slogan of a new multi-vendor market that opened its doors for the first time on Thursday.
Preservation Station, the brainchild of Jennifer Higdon and her mother, Debbie Coomes, offers a number of antique, crafts and other shops, as well as a salon in the former West Louisville Elementary School building, which was sold at public auction more than two years ago.
Higdon and Coomes welcomed guests at a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated facility.
“It hasn’t been easy but nothing worth achieving ever is,” Higdon told the audience as she fought back tears of joy.
She said she thanked God “for just letting me see this day.”
Higdon said many in her family put in a lot of work preparing the 39,000 square foot facility for its rebranding as a marketplace in the rural Owensboro area. She said the family hasn’t had a weekend off in the last two years. Updates include everything from new drywall in certain places to repainting “every square inch” and replacing flooring.
One of the unique aspects planned for Preservation Day is a monthly “Market Days” event to be held the first weekend of each month, starting this month.
Coomes said in preparing to open the new facility, she and Higdon traveled to a number of places to get ideas. During visits to a market in Atlanta, Coomes said they were impressed with the new uses found in old buildings that had simply been repainted, and wanted to duplicate that success at the former school building.
Higdon said her grandparents had also provided inspiration on the types of shops that could be included to help give the market a more historical feel.
Long term, Coomes said she hopes to find a style of restaurant that can become an “anchor” by offering a something unique.
“We want to become a destination,” Coomes said.
Photo provided by Jessica Kirk
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