Tour Stop 8: 787 Grant Street
Rebecca Schultz, Jiva Ahrens, and son Ollie
This unique space is one of two homes featured on the tour that were once corner grocery stores. At least 110 years old, throughout the early 80s, it operated as Ray’s Grocery. After the owners renovated and moved into the house next door, they began the incredible undertaking of transforming the vacant corner store into a home.
The main kitchen features an eclectic mix of designs, including stained glass salvaged from a monastery in Chicago, Calacatta Viola marble countertops, a custom-built island pieced together from vintage cabinets, an antique work table, and an old industrial concrete sink found in the building. The couple’s favorite things, however, are all original to the place –high ceilings, exposed brick, natural light, and the outdoor courtyard area separating the store and their current home. Six original panel doors were salvaged and reused as pocket doors. The original tongue and groove ceiling boards were reused in the foyer ceiling. Since the building was in terrible condition when purchased two years ago, most everything had to be rebuilt, but the couple worked closely with Brandied History to adhere to historic guidelines as they did next door.
Once the transformation is complete, the family will move into their new home quarters on the second floor. The bottom floor will remain home to Grant & Little, according to Rebecca, “a neighborhood gallery space and marketplace featuring original artwork, eclectic home furnishings, and a space for neighbors to gather.”