Driving down Jefferson Street recently, I was intrigued by some beautiful wrought iron fencing. The entrance had an elaborate wood door that revealed a new brick building. I later learned that the property belongs to a new catering and event business. The Apiary opened last year after constructing a 15,500 square foot place with a commercial kitchen and upscale dining room surrounded by attractive gardens.
The interior space can seat up to 135 people and features two rooms for private parties, events, and weddings. One room is 2000 square foot that is dominated by a 10 foot by 30 foot skylight and 18 foot windows, while the other is half that size and overlooks a stone terrace. There is enough space in the garden to accommodate a tent, along with the two stone fountains. All of it is contained within brick and stone courtyard walls. The outdoor space was beautifully designed by award-winning garden designer Jon Carloftis, who has created some unique gardens in and around Lexington and New York City. was recently featured in Southern Living Magazine, and is holding a series of lifestyle events starting soon with one at Keeneland in April.
There are also raised vegetable and herb beds so that the owner, a professional chef, can cook with the freshest ingredients. He expects to share his kitchen with other chefs who need a temporary place in which to create. As I wrote about recently, Lexington is growing in, not out, by re-purposing underused urban land. Here’s a prime example as the site was previously occupied by the remnants of a building that was gutted by a fire back in 2008.
The Apiary in Lexington Ky is so named because it expects to become a hive of activity. This end of Jefferson Street, between Main and Third Streets is certainly thriving! The street is currently experiencing a vibrant new energy, as was very apparent by the Soirée last September, a street festival that attracted several thousand people. Other businesses in this section include Stella’s Deli, The Grey Goose, The Blue Heron, Enoteca, Nick Ryan’s, and Wine + Market.
If you are looking for a home for sale in Lexington Ky, consider this happening part of town. Just 1/3 mile from Broadway, you would be able to walk to Triangle Park, Rupp Arena, the Opera House, and many more bars and restaurants. There are 25 homes for sale within a half mile of Jefferson & 2nd streets, ranging from $39,000 to $1,999,900. Most are in downtown, while some are in Douglas Heights. Contact me to learn more and schedule a showing.If you’re buying or selling a home in Lexington Ky or moving to Lexington Ky, be sure to contact Ivan ‘Z’ Newell and the LexHomes Team for assistance with Lexington KY real estate. 'Z' and the LexHomes team members are 'Loving Lexington!" and loving to assist people in search of homes for sale, Kentucky horse farms or investment properties in Lexington, KY and surrounding areas. If you'd like more information on a real estate career with LexHomes Real Estate, we're always looking for more dedicated real estate agents! Just email us at email@example.com or call us at (859) LEX-HOME (539-4663) today!