Husband-and-Wife Team Enjoying Local Support for Providence Home + Garden
Writer / Natalie Platt
Photographer / Sarah Browning
It was just over a year ago that Christy and Joel Kempson broke ground on Providence Home + Garden. The new Noblesville home and garden store, along with their coffee shop, is now completed. The atmosphere feels more like being in someone’s home than a home and garden center, with a beautiful stone fireplace and rustic chandeliers hung throughout the large, vaulted space. You’ll find unique, curated home and garden decor items, from candles to holiday decor to pillows and plants to, of course, coffee, and everything in between.
The Kempsons have always loved supporting local businesses and being in the community with others, which made the decision to pursue their new passion exciting. Christy was a registered nurse for eight years and stayed home with their children for several years after that, when she started staging and decorating friends’ homes. After their youngest child went to kindergarten, it seemed like the ideal time to start putting a plan in motion to turn her ideas into a full-time career with her husband.
“This idea originated back in 2019 when my husband and I started talking about what it would look like to open a home and garden store, because he already had the landscape business and we had the property already,” Christy Kempson says. The husband-and-wife duo has owned the land the new business is on – around 10 acres – since 2016.
“My brother and his wife own a home decor shop in northern Indiana and they were inspiring to us as well,” Kempson says. “We actually live in Carmel but our wedding was in Noblesville, so there is a lot of nostalgia here for us.”
Along with a sentimental meaning, the idea and location just made sense for the Kempsons. “We wanted to marry our two passions of landscape and nature with home design, and build space to share with the community,” Kempson says. Building began on April 11, 2022 – a process that included filling in an in-ground pool that was on the land, demolishing an old garage, as well as decking and framing to prepare for the new addition, which is connected to an existing farmhouse.
The most challenging aspect for Kempson, so far, is making decisions on something she’s never done before. Her main goal is to always make Providence Home + Garden a welcoming space that’s easy to navigate, and shopper-friendly to keep customers returning. “The community is incredibly supportive and excited for us to open,” she says. “Everyone has been so gracious and understanding during the entire process, which has been an incredible test of patience and faith.”
The supportive community will soon see a wide, yet curated, selection of items including home decor, specialty gifts, candles from Illume and Paddywax, indoor plants and accessories, and unique items for children and babies. Providence Home + Garden will also carry local honey and maple syrup, a local goat farm’s apothecary line, bagged coffee from Noble Coffee & Tea Company, and more.
And, of course, the new store will have a garden center.
“The garden part of the store, at first, will mainly be indoor plants with pots and hanging baskets for the porch,” Kempson says. “Later this summer and early fall, we plan to do a grand opening with the outdoor space fully designed. Customers will be able to find perennials, annuals, common bushes and shrubs, garden plants and herbs, and a larger variety of hanging baskets.”
If you need a pick-me-up while shopping, the store will also have a coffee and pastry counter serving Noble Coffee & Tea Company products, loose-leaf teas from Tea’s Me Cafe, and pastries from local bakers. Providence Home + Garden isn’t set up to host events yet, but Kempson says the thought has crossed her mind and may be possible in the future.
Ultimately, the Kempsons are excited to bring a unique concept to the community – a place where everyone feels at home.
Providence Home + Garden is located at 3200 Sheridan Road in Noblesville. Visit them on Instagram @providencehg.