A local couple has brought new life to a well-known historic Gallatin home with the recent relocation of their popular business from Hendersonville.
Inside Out Markets, which features a coffee shop, bakery and artisan marketplace, celebrated the grand opening of its new location inside the 150-year-old Fitzgerald Manor at 562 South Water Ave. last month.
“This building itself is an icon to Gallatin,” co-owner Heather Brigstock said about the space. “What we really wanted to do is take the history, capture that and then push it forward into the future. We not only want to have our business here but make it a place where people came enjoy the grounds, sit outside on a porch swing, drink a cup of coffee and just really have a positive vibe.”
Heather started Inside Out with her husband Jeff Brigstock in 2015. The Gallatin couple eventually purchased a self-storage building on New Hope Road in Hendersonville. However, the space lacked the necessary room for expansion as the business continued to grow.
After looking at multiple different properties to relocate the business to, the couple purchased the historic South Water Avenue residence in mid-August and began a month-long renovation project at the site.
“We were really actually intent on staying in the Shackle Island area because of just the market that we have developed, but we’re Gallatin folks,” Heather Brigstock said. “We looked at this building two years ago, but the timing wasn’t right. When it came back on the market in July, we prayed and asked the Lord to do great things for us and he did.”
The home was originally built by Henry Fitzgerald in the late 1860’s. In addition to being a residence for many years, the two-story building has also been used for offices and was most recently home to Monell’s southern family-style dining restaurant.
Now, the approximately 4,800-square-foot space is occupied by nearly two dozen businesses including The Klatch coffee shop, Merry Bakes bakery, independent women’s clothing boutique Honey + Suede and 18 local artisan vendors.
Items for sale range from furniture and home décor to artwork, pottery, jewelry, baby clothes, soaps and more.
Since opening the new location last month, customers have come from across Sumner County and surrounding areas to shop at Inside Out Markets, according to Kelly Mills, who started Honey + Suede with her daughter Shelby earlier this year.
“It’s been phenomenal,” Kelly Mills said about interest from customers. “Our prayer was that this would be like a destination spot, and we’re already seeing that.”
In addition to shoppers, Mills added people are also using the space for meetings and bible studies.
Jeff and Heather Brigstock said they hope the popularity of Inside Out Markets will lead to more interest in the area and possible redevelopment of other properties along South Water Avenue.
“In times when businesses are being asked to close down and stay in, for some reason the Lord has just smiled on us and allowed us to be able to give a message of hope and be light in this area,” Heather Brigstock said. “We want people to walk in these doors and know that they are loved, accepted and that they can come in and find community and do life together. That is really the heartbeat of Inside Out.”
IF YOU GO
What: Inside Out Markets
Where: 562 South Water Ave. in Gallatin
When: Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., The Klatch coffee shop opens at 7 a.m., closed Sunday and Monday