The Old Good Shepherd Church is changing hands once again.
Beth Greenwell Carter, owner of B’s Bakery and Fork, Knife & Spoon Catering, bought the church from Inspirational Grounds LLC.
Inspirational Grounds LLC, owned by Joe Dunn and his son John, bought the church in May 2014, according to previous State Journal reporting. Since then, the Dunns have restored the building, adding modern amenities like bathrooms and a garden area, and turned the church into an events space. Under their ownership, they dubbed the building the Lancaster at St. Clair, naming the building after Father James Madison Lancaster, who served in the church in 1848 and whose name is memorialized in one of the church’s stained glass windows.
“It’s about finding the right buyer that fits the project,” Joe Dunn said.
The Dunns will retain the old Good Shepherd School, which is next door to the church. Joe Dunn said he suggested to Carter to use the space for Sunday brunches.
“I am wishing her the best,” he said.
Dunn and Carter declined to disclose the sale price, which will be public record and reported in The State Journal when it is entered on the Franklin County PVA website. As of Monday, the sale was not listed online. The 0.293-acre property at 306 Wapping St. has an assessed value of $500,000. The Dunns paid $300,000 for it in 2014.
The sale on the building closed Friday, and Carter has changed the name of the building to The Elizabeth. The events space is just one more service she can provide to Frankfort, in addition to her catering and bakery businesses. The building will also become home to Fork, Knife & Spoon Catering’s office space. Carter said for events, she will not limit clients to just Fork, Knife, and Spoon but will allow any licensed and insured caterer. She is currently taking bookings for events, she said.
“My phone has been ringing off the hook,” she said.
Carter will have a public ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 11 called “The Big Debut.” The event will last from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is open to anyone. Carter said she wanted her first event to be open to anyone who wants to come and see the building.
The new name comes from Carter’s name, she said. She discussed the name with family during Christmas and The Elizabeth just kept coming up. It’s also a nod to B’s Bakery, as the “B” comes from “Beth.”
Carter said that she does not plan on changing much in terms of remodeling. She plans to increase focus on the garden area. In addition to weddings, receptions, dinners and parties, Carter hopes to bring in bus tour groups, cookbook authors for signings, tastings and more to The Elizabeth. She plans to host public and private events, including a children’s dinner when the Disney animated movie Frozen 2 is released in November.
“This church has meant so much to me as well as many people,” Carter said.