Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown and the Gallatin Beautiful Committee recently presented Inside Out Markets the City Beautification Award. The award is given to local businesses that enhance the economic vitality of the city by improving the aesthetic appeal of their properties.
Inside Out Markets is owned by Jeff and Heather Brigstock, who relocated their business from Sumner County near Hendersonville to a historic building at 562 South Water that was once a Monell’s Restaurant.
Jeff Brigstock said transforming the former venue to a coffee shop/eatery/artisan marketplace began in October 2020. In just a month and a half later, their doors were open for business.
“We had people scattered through here painting, the plumbers in and electricians in, HVAC guys in — everybody was doing their part,” he said. “We were getting very little sleep and running on caffeine and adrenaline. When we opened, we were exhausted but it was well worth it.”
While the exterior is unchanged, a vast amount of work was completed inside including four new HVAC units, new flooring in carpeted areas, painted walls and contractors installed water and electricity to the coffee shop called “the Klatch.”
History and architecture buffs will appreciate what hasn’t changed including the spiral staircase leading to the lookout tower. Brigstock says the iconic tower is where the original owner, Henry Fitzgerald would retreat to view his 28 acres of land and cotton factory in 1869.
“We wanted to keep that character, but we also wanted to update it too and keep the old with the new,” he said.
With the building’s unique character and historic Rose Mont nearby, Brigstock says they are attracting new customers from all over Middle Tennessee to an area of Gallatin that is undergoing its own transformation.
“We are anticipating improvement all the way to the square and all the way to the new Publix,” said Brigstock.
Throughout the year, winners will have an award ceremony at their business and be publicly recognized by the Gallatin City Council.
For information on the Beautification Award or joining the Gallatin Beautiful committee contact the Gallatin Mayor’s Office at 615-451-5961.