by Jennifer Sierra
In the 500 block of 6th Avenue in Dayton, Kentucky, a building was purchased by John Batchelor of Bellevue, KY. John’s goal is to take the 1890’s building at 526 6th Avenue and create a workshop and showroom for his woodworking and metalworking art. The original building had a transom and 2 large picture windows at the entrance. Once finished, the store will have those picture windows in the front once again. The first floor gallery is about 900 square feet of space with 12-14 foot ceilings. John Batchelor is doing most of the remodeling work himself but is having professional plumbers and electricians do their part.
John chose the building in Dayton because of the CCAP program which is designed to make it easier for new companies to invest in Dayton, Kentucky by giving incentives on building ownership or leases. “The building was clean and well maintained,” Batchelor said. It also has an upstairs apartment that is being rented currently which will provide additional income for him. He plans on opening in the late spring or early summer of 2016.
John’s firm is called Single Batch Designs and he specializes in wood and metal furniture and silverware. He and his wife live in Bellevue, Kentucky. John’s background has been in business development for the last 10 years. He got into woodworking through his father-in-law, who taught him the craft. “I taught myself metalworking,” John said. “9 months ago I started this full time. It started as a hobby then more and more people started asking me to make things for them.”
Single Batch Designs makes items like butcher block counter tops and cutting boards as well as dining room tables and silverware. Batchelor has 5 table commissions this month alone. “I do collaborative builds. I let my clients have input along the way. As I look at wood, I let it speak to me but I like having my clients have input on the process as much as possible.”
His plans for the space include a showroom that can also be rented as a meeting space or for small, privately catered parties. This will truly be a unique business and a step in the right direction for the future of the creative industry of Dayton, Kentucky.