Circa 1857, a Mid City art and antiques dealer, has a new owner and new name.
Garrett Kemp became owner of the 4,000-square-foot space at the corner of Government and South 19th Street on June 1. Kemp has re-named the business The Market at Circa 1857.
Kemp, 21, said he plans to modernize the Market at Circa 1857 by increasing its social media presence, hosting more events and bringing in new vendors.
“I’m creating a more interactive experience by hosting workshops, art openings and much more,” Kemp said.
The Market at Circa 1857 is part of a larger complex at 1857 Government St. that includes The Guru, a meeting space venue that hosts art shows, live music and private receptions; and Mosaic Garden, a gift shop and home furnishings store. The Rue Cou Cou art gallery is set to close June 30.
While Kemp was just 6 years old when Circa 1857 first opened, he notes that he comes from a family of local entrepreneurs. His great-great grandfather founded the Kemp Pharmacy. His great-uncle Lloyd McLeod was the owner of McLeod’s TV and Appliances, which he called “the big purple building on Airline” in a series of local TV commercials in the 1970s and 1980s.