Kristy Kempson, co-owner of Providence Home + Garden Center; At an upholstery shop. (Photo courtesy of Anne-Marie Shambaugh)
What began as an idea by Christy and Joel Kempson in 2018 gained momentum during the 2020 pandemic shutdown, and in mid-June, the couple already owned 10 acres at 3200 Sheridan Road. It was realized on the land of in Noblesville.
Originally conceived as a nursery and garden center, the concept has grown to include a coffee shop, home décor retailer, gathering space, walking trails, dog park, and more.
Providence Home + Garden Center has released about half of the expected available features. The store plans to hold a grand opening ceremony on October 28th, and final features, including a nature playground and walking path with a dog run, are scheduled to be completed in 2024.
The center is open Tuesday through Saturday. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the hardware store is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Providencehomegarden.com or by email [email protected].
Kristy Kempson, a mother of three who previously worked as a nurse and decorated homes for sale, answered the following questions about her new business.
Besides your family’s landscaping and home decor background, what inspired the creation of Providence Home + Garden Center?
We love going to places where the kids can do what they like and we can relax. So we started dreaming up this place that would be perfect for a typical family. There was something for dad to do, something for mom to do, something for the kids to do, and everyone could find their own little thing and be comfortable.
One of your goals is to provide a space where people can build community. What does that mean?
I wanted people to feel like there was a place they could come to as a “third place.” You have a home and a job, but where is your “third place” where you can build relationships and meet people? We’ve seen some really great (connections) happen.
What has the community’s response been to this concept so far?
It was incredible. It was wonderful. There are definitely things that still need to be ironed out, but for the most part,[the community]is very grateful for creating this space. They say it’s so great to have something on this side of town since almost everything is in downtown Noblesville.
Why did you expand and renovate the existing house on the site and use it as the main building for your business instead of building a new one?
We aim to be a place where people can feel peace, peace and comfort. That’s why we built our store into a house-like structure. We wanted it to feel like home, in a place that is uncluttered yet inspiring, reclaiming its beauty and creativity.
Is there anything else you would like the community to know?
Many small businesses in Noblesville are enthusiastically supportive. They want to support you and share your story, which was very humbling. We thought we were alone in this, but that wasn’t the case at all. It’s very humbling and makes others want to support you too.