Saturday, November 15, 2008

California Meets Kansas

You just don't expect to find a gift shop with such an urban loft (transitional) feel to it but one place you'll find it in Kansas is at The Feathered Nest at 1914 M Street in Belleville.

The concrete slabs with natural pantina are balanced with the high black ceiling and in between is a crowded inventory of everything from bright purses to holiday decorations. The building most recently housed a long-time successful furniture shop and now the owners converted to this gift shop to stay up with the times. The place has a contemporary feel to it. In fact, a young woman from California was working here.
She had decided to go to school at K-State for a couple of years as an adventure. But, she met a North Central Kansas farmer and two weeks before our trip to The Feathered Nest they had married. They went to some foreign country for a honeymoon and she told her husband she couldn't wait to get "home" to Belleville. She is having no trouble liking Belleville. It probably helps to have a "cool" store like The Feathered Nest to work in but she simply loves the rural life. She had already driven a tractor, too!
The place is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 785.527.7200.
This young woman "Gets Kansas" and can see the opportunity of making a life here.
On the road, KE #2 Marci

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