About

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Based in Corbin

Just 80 miles from both Knoxville and Lexington, 2nd & Main is located in historic downtown Corbin at 115 South Main Street.  Did you know Corbin is  also home to the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, Cumberland Falls ("Niagra of the South"), Laurel River Lake, and hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails in the Daniel Boone National Forest?  Corbin is also your gateway to explore the wonderful wildlands and authentic Appalachian culture of Eastern Kentucky.  

2nd & Main's vision is to be a community gathering place for celebration, fellowship, and learning.  The space is the culmination of hard work and ideas from dozens of community members--a downtown coordinator, investors, community leaders, pastors, real estate professionals, bankers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, business owners, friends, and of course, family.  

 
 

The Old JC Penny Building

For many, the 2nd & Main building is most often remembered nostalgically as the Old JC Penny.  Built in 1922, the building served as the home for JC Penny for nearly 70 years.  It then became a Thomasville Furniture store, which closed its doors in the late 2000s.  The building sat vacant for years until the Corbin Housing Authoirty purchased it in 2012.  With the intentions to renovate into a mixed-use space for housing and retail, the Housing Authority put on a new roof and prepared the building for construction.  However, that time didn't come and the Housing Authority put it up for sale in 2016.  It was at that point that the interior of the building looked like this:

 

The New 2nd & Main

The building was purchased in January 2017 and renovations began in earnest that March.  A year later with the hard work of dozens of professionals--all from Eastern Kentucky--2nd & Main is ready for your celebration, fellowship, or learning event!