I Love Juice Bar in Spring Hill sets an opening date.
Set at the historic Kissing House at 412 McLemore Avenue, the beloved juice and health food franchise will open on October 27, according to owner William Benedict, a long-time Spring Hill resident.
Benedict announced his plans in April to open the Fresh Hospitality franchise, in part of a nearly 150-year old house, and gained Spring Hill city approval for the project.
The property is zoned B-4, Central Business District, and contains approximately .53 acres. Plans show a 2,060 square foot property with a 1,000 square foot store.
The applicant proposed to the planning commission that it operate in the newer addition portion of the house with a customer service area of approximately 1,000 square feet and approximately 14 gravel parking spaces and a gravel one-way drive aisle. A deck will be constructed west of the structure. The business will be in a separate expansion part of the actual historical house, so as to preserve and protect the integrity of the house.
The house has always been residential, but Benedict feels that adding a commercial element to it can help preserve and protect the integrity of the historical house.
Benedict, a long-time Spring Hill resident, The plan gained Historic Commission approval earlier in 2017.
Kissing House History
Known as the Ritter Morton House, or the Kissing House, it was built in 1870 by Peter and Elizabeth Ritter. The Carpenter-Gothic style home was later sold to Sara Odil. Odil was betrothed to an older gentleman, but later found out he had spurned her and married someone else.
So, after a lawsuit brought by Odil and her family, she bought the home.
Nashville-based Fresh Hospitality is also opening a Martin’s BBQ on a 1.5 acre site at 4959 Main Street, across from Walmart.