An unusual downtown Powell property has gone from farmhouse to flower shop.
Something Borrowed Something Blooms will open a retail store this month at 55 S. Liberty St., in a renovated house that is at least 80 years old. A grand opening celebration will be held Aug. 17-19.
Becky Sturm has been running the floral and event rental business out of her home for a few years but is looking forward to opening a retail location just steps away.
In 2016, Sturm built a new house near the western edge of the property, adjacent to the city's Village Green Park. She also got approval to renovate an existing residence for a flower shop with a second-floor apartment.
Sturm and her family moved into the new house in early 2017 and had no idea how much attention it would receive.
"Sometimes people stop on the path (into the park) and look at it. We've had people walk into our house," she said. "People are always surprised that it's a house -- everybody thinks it's a business. The main thing we get is that people think it's a bed and breakfast.
"It's a throwback to an era when the shop owners lived above their stores or on the same property," she said. "The best compliment I get is when someone asks me how old this house is."
The retail store will sell gifts and items primarily made by local artists, Sturm said. The retail shop is expected to be open Tuesday through Sunday, although hours still are being worked out.
"It'll be a place for people to pick up fresh flowers, succulents and gifts and it will also provide a place where our brides can come in and see the rental items and get an idea of what we have to offer.
"For me, it's very personal," she said. "I like the idea of sitting in the shop and meeting new people."
Property records indicate the building housing the flower shop dates to at least 1940, but could be older, Sturm said.
"It was definitely a one-floor building at one time. There were original hand-hewn beams in the wall," she said. "We even found newspapers that they used for insulation up in the attic that dated to the 1940s."
The original hardwood floors remain, but two large underground brick cisterns had to be removed. Sturm said as much of the building was preserved as possible, with one exception.
"The bathroom on the current building is built on -- it originally had an outhouse," she said.
The project is believed to be the only one of its kind in the city.
"The project itself is unique and it's unlike anything else in downtown Powell," said Megan Canavan, city spokeswoman. "It adds a tremendous value to our downtown corridor and we're always looking for ways to improve the downtown area."
For more information, visit "Borrowed and Blooms" on Facebook or call 740-785-7673.