Our renovation journey began in the spring of 2016 when we purchased our first fixer upper, a foreclosed 100 year old home in Versailles, Kentucky. Every inch of the house needed work and after a 3 month renovation, we moved in early that summer. I documented the entire process from start to finish, and still continue to add updates today as we keep making additional progress and improvements. We fell in love with the entire renovation process and were already ready to take on the next project before this one had even wrapped up.
About a year after purchasing our first fixer upper, we purchased our first commercial project, The Amsden building, right down the street in downtown Versailles. We were infatuated with the history and character of the building and just loved the small town downtown charm. Our hope is that this building will be an anchor to the revitalization of downtown Versailles, and hopefully eventually inspire similar efforts in surrounding downtown areas of central Kentucky.
We are currently wrapping up an extensive renovation of the building, which I have also been documenting on our blog. Our coffee shop + mercantile opened on the main floor in late November as well as Shop Twenty Something boutique upstairs. The Amsden Bourbon Bar and the Yoga Room will also be opening later this winter. My husband and I own and run the coffee shop and mercantile but lease space to the other businesses in the building. The Amsden Coffee Club is a cozy, Parisian-style coffee shop featuring locally ground coffee + espresso drinks as well as baked goods from Midway School Bakery. Gathered Mercantile is an eclectic + modern mercantile featuring over 10 local makers + artists as well as a variety of vintage goods, home decor, fresh flower + plants, jewelry, clothing, + accessories. You can visit THEAMSDEN.COM for even more information about this project including operating hours.