Johanna Calfee envisioned a London storefront for the building at 801 Church Street across from the Virginian Hotel.

It was the project Johanna and her husband Daryl Calfee, owners of Penny Lane Properties, had been looking for for 10 years — ever since they rehabilitated their first downtown building at 1209 Commerce Street. The three-story building first was constructed in 1877 and added onto twice in its history, one of which took place in 1951, according to city records.

When the Calfees purchased the property in early 2018, it barely had been touched in decades. Years of stuff had accumulated in corners, and the top floor still reflected the building’s roots as a hotel with tiny rooms and narrow hallways. The renovation work took more than a year.

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