The downtown revitalization efforts got a shot in the arm courtesy of a $146,000 grant - to be put toward the Hemphill building on Main Street - from the Governor's Office for Local Development.
This comes as good news to Nicholasville City Clerk Roberta Warren, who helped write the grant and worked in the Hemphill Building as a teenager.
"It was close enough for me to walk," she said. "Even though it was a pharmacy, a lot of this [space] had drug store stuff. It had candy and there was a counter over there where the sandwiches were. As a kid, there were the twirling seats [bar stools] that were pretty cool."
Equally excited was building owner Bill Jacobs.
"We're going to have a coffee shop and bakery combination with wireless access in the building," he said. "The upstairs is slated for two, 2 bedroom apartments. That's the plan, and that's what we're hoping to accomplish here."