Missourian Minute: Owner of Plume focuses on handmade, vintage items

Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. CDT; updated 6:53 a.m. CDT, Friday, April 11, 2014

The Missourian Minute is a regular series from scenes around mid-Missouri. These visual slices of life capture the sights and sounds of people and the activities they love.

COLUMBIA — A pink fridge, fresh coffee and handmade gifts set the scene in Columbia's newest vintage and handmade shop.

Plume opened its doors in November and its owner, Kelly Gilion, showcases handmade items from local vendors and vintage pieces that she collects with her husband.

"To the general community, I hope Plume is seen as a place where some of the many talents available in Columbia are showcased," Gilion said. "A place where you can find unique things at reasonable prices. A place that helps salvage and pass things on to another generation."

Gilion bought the space after recognizing the need to improve its previous occupant, Patty's Place. She had planned on working at Patty's Place but ended up buying it from the previous owner.

For Gilion, Plume is much more than just a vintage store. She opened the store on her 40th birthday to start something new in her life.

"Not exactly how I thought I'd spend my birthday if someone had asked me a year ago, but I felt it was totally appropriate to open on that day," Gilion said. "I had the feeling all year my 40th birthday was going to be significant and Plume was very much like bringing a new life into the world."

The store's name, Plume, partly derives from a painting of a peacock that she received for her birthday. It is now one of the items that are displayed inside the store.

"My favorite spot inside Plume is behind my counter, greeting customers as they come in. I love my pink fridge and stove, and the vintage greeting card cabinet that form the backdrop for that area," said Gilion.

Most of the merchandise comes from local vendors who either supply vintage items for resale or handcraft their items. Gilion hopes the combination will attract a variety of customers.

"I think there is something at Plume for everyone," said Gilion.

Supervising editor is Derek Poore.

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