Monday, July 29, 2013

A gem just up the road: Post office becomes jewelry boutique.

I love to see empty buildings repurposed, particularly when original craftsmanship is preserved and blended nicely with classy, yet folksy, aesthetic taste.  Such is the case with the old country store/post office in Dubre, Kentucky.  If you travel about three miles west of Marrowbone on Highway 90, you'll find the new home of Silver Chest Creations, a jewelry boutique owned and operated by Melissa Anderson.  Although Melissa, along with Maria Jeffries, has been converting old silverware into unique, handcrafted jewelry for several years (selling at Styles Salon, Country Peddler, and trade shows around the country), this is the first store front in Cumberland County for the business. Trust me, you're going to want to go visit; in the meantime, however, here's a sneak peak inside. 
Turn right across from Leatherwood Road onto Dubre Post Office Road.
They have done an amazing job of both restoring and renovating.
They are open Monday-Wednesday, 9-5.
Such a homey atmosphere
I love that they kept the original lettering.
Barrettes, keychains, and charms made from silverware handles
Such an eclectic mix of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and household items.
What a great idea for old knife handles. Bottle of wine + one of these = great hostess gift.
The labels were used in the old country store.  What a cute idea.
Table restored from the old country store
Such an eye for decorating
Relics from the old store
If you want to design your own piece, you can pick from their stock or bring in family silverware.
I love this piece. Tin from the old roof is used on the inside.
The old wood floors and display cabinets remind me of being in the old post office.
Look, Ben Ashby! FOLK displayed on the center farmhouse table!
Tin from the old roof again refurbished/repurposed.
I love this idea.
Silver, the stray cat, who found a safe home for her and her kittens:)
The next time you find yourself in Marrowbone, venture on out to Silver Chest Creations.  They are open Monday-Wednesday, 9-5 (although you can place orders online anytime). Remember, you can bring in your family heirlooms and Melissa and staff will help you design the perfect piece for gift or keepsake.  Melissa is also open to hosting jewelry parties (how fun would that be for a bachelorette or birthday party?) if you have a group interested in coming.
Take the time to stop in and explore. You're going to love it.


  1. Lovely is the only way to describe how the store looks from the highway. Such a quaint, pretty looking business. Can't wait to check it out on the inside.

  2. Completely agree! I can't help but smile every time I drive by!