|STORE'S CO-OP MEMBERS PROVIDE MERCHANDISE|
|April 09, 2008 12:00 am|
By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Feather Your Nest Home Dcor & More might be considered a mini consortium with its three owners and seven members, all of whom provide special merchandise and expertise.
Owners Sue Butler, Dottie Nord, and Martha VanderZanden, explained the concept behind the store.
"This is a co-op owned and operated by local businesswomen. There are currently seven members who bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and styles to the store," Nord explained.
The seven members, in addition to the three owners, include Cora Robinson, Nikki White, Maggie Free, Joyce Higbee and Marceyne Sharp together in one membership. There is a fee for each membership.
Each of the members provides displays from a specific expertise and point of view, including "shabby chic," French country, vintage, collectibles, and garden dcor.
A visitor to the establishment must be sure to visit every nook and cranny not to miss something special.
Treasures for the style-conscious are available in the clothing boutique area, including vintage and jewelry. The baby section offers an ever-expanding line of specialties for the wee ones.
Throughout the store, small boutiques include crystals for beading, a mini craft store for those into scrapbooks and paper arts, sewing and needlework crafts and supplies, tea pots and specialty teas, sachets and more, plus fabulous furniture finds, antiques or faux antiques, for those looking for something to fill a special niche.
In addition to offering this great array of goodies, the women will be having classes and demonstrations for the uninitiated looking for new inspiration for creativity.
The shop, located downstairs in the historic Central Building, is filled with energy, enthusiasm, fragrance, and an amazing collection of interesting items. "We seek out the most unique and affordable gifts and home dcor items for our clients," Butler said.
"We offer courtesy gift wrap, and we're a secret sister' drop-off point, as well as a place to come just to chat," VanderZanden said.
Future plans, in addition to art and craft classes, include tea luncheons, and other entertainments. A browsing customer said, "It's a fun place."
The members encourage visitors to drop in any Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Sunday between noon and 4 p.m. to experience a totally different type of merchandising. The stated motto of the establishment is "Let us do the hunting for you."