Owners of Evansville’s ‘Barefoot Cottage’ have big plans for the holidays


Beth Martin is renovating the Historic Exchange Hotel at 1 West Jennings in Downtown Newburgh. (Photo courtesy Beth Martin)

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The Barefoot Cottage, which opened in Evansville in 2010, has some major projects in the works.

Barefoot Cottage owner Beth Martin has announced plans to expand the lifestyle boutique to the rapidly growing market of Nashville, Tennessee, this holiday season.

She and Jeremy Martin, her husband and properties’ company partner, are also renovating the Historic Exchange Hotel at 1 West Jennings in Downtown Newburgh.

“The state of 1 West Jennings has a major impact on all the surrounding properties downtown. Jeremy and I have committed to doing everything we can to preserve the experience of Newburgh,” according to Martin.

The building was constructed in 1841, and originally had a basement and first floor only. 

The couple says they weren’t planning on purchasing the Historic Exchange Hotel, but when the previous owner approached them with her intent to sell, they felt it was well worth looking into.

Plans for the building include two multi-use spaces on the first level, and multiple luxury living units on the upper level.

“We would love to see a new business, retail or eatery, go into this iconic building. It’s an excellent location with a great deal of potential. While I’ve been busy with the Nashville build-out recently, the timing should work perfectly for me to shift my focus back to the Newburgh project aesthetics,” said Martin.

Regarding the Nashville expansion, Martin explained, “I’ve always been interested in two additional markets — Nashville and Indianapolis. Logistically, both work well in terms of proximity to Newburgh. I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching the two cities, but finding just the right spot in Nashville had been challenging.”

That spot is L&L Marketplace on the west side of Nashville.

Since March, the Martin family has been working on the space.

The Nashville location is set to officially open on November 29th.

The Barefoot Cottage has 12 employees, and plans for all receiving and distribution operations to remain in Newburgh.

The company has plans to add several employees locally and 6-10 employees in the Nashville store. 

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This story was originally published on November 21, 2019)

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