Hidden just off the busy Hurstbourne Parkway thoroughfare among the heavy manufacturing buildings in Bluegrass Industrial Park, an urban homesteading, self-reliance and emergency preparedness store has opened in a warehouse space.
Jefferson’s Outpost, located at 2001 Production Drive, carries various products including solar-powered cookers, seeds for gardening, and Berkey water purification systems. The store is slowly adding new products and soon will stock emergency food from Wise Company and Pocket Shot slingshots.
Sean Fawbush said he and his co-owner/brother-in-law Bowin Tichenor wanted to stock items that people can’t simply find at Cabela’s or Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Although it isn’t located in a strip of retail, Tichenor said the unique nature of the store will make it a destination. Just this week, a couple traveled in from Bullitt County to check out the shop.
“It’s such a niche thing,” he said.
Tichenor became interested in emergency preparedness and urban homesteading as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, where he helped with recovery efforts following an earthquake. Fawbush said he’s been interested in gardening and emergency preparedness since the 1990s after discovering the magazine Mother Earth News and growing up living in apartments with his dad.
“I always longed to have my own yard, my own property,” Fawbush said.
The company has 10,000 square feet in the Bluegrass Industrial Park, about 4,000 square feet of which is retail store space. The remainder will be used for storage and teaching space. In a couple weeks, Fawbush and Tichenor will start offering emergency preparedness and urban homesteading how-to classes such as food dehydration and canning, gardening, self-defense and water purification.
The classes are about helping people relearn old-school skills that have been lost in modern society, Fawbush said.
“A whole two generations have forgotten how to can,” he said.
Jefferson’s Outpost also has set up a section in the warehouse called Bartertown, where vendors can set up small booths. They already have a gentlemen who will start selling handmade soaps there Saturday, and another person who plans to sell wild rice out of a Bartertown booth.
Hours of operation for Jefferson’s Outpost are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.