BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Circa 1857, a destination antique store on Government Street in downtown Baton Rouge has been renamed and has a young, new owner.
Now The Market at Circa 1857 is owned by Garrett Kemp, who is just 21 years old. Kemp says he has big plans for the space.
"I'm creating a more interactive experience by hosting workshops, art openings and much more. The building itself is a funky jewel that is full of stories. I'd love for the Market to become a place where the wedding proposals happened, or it was the backdrop for a photo shoot, or that special item was found for a brand new home that becomes a treasured heirloom," says Kemp.
Kemp says much of his inspiration for the store came from markets in Morocco. He says, "I was recently in Morocco. The maze-like markets were amazing. The trip gave me a vision of what I wanted The Market at Circa 1857 to become."
Despite his young age, Kemp thinks he has what it takes to be a successful business owner. After all, it's in his blood. He says, "I come from a family of entrepreneurs. My grandfather, James Kemp, was the owner of Kemp Pharmacy, which was a business he inherited from his grandfather. My great uncle Lloyd McLeod was the owner of McLeod's TV and Appliances, known sometimes as the 'large purple building on Airline!' Both were longtime Baton Rouge businesses. I know I have big shoes to fill, but I'm supported by my family, mentors, and the Baton Rouge business community."
Since its construction in the 1950s, the building has been home to several different local businesses, including its original business, Griffon's Drug Store. Kemp closes, "I'm proud to leave my mark on a part of Baton Rouge's history."