Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Indoor storage units now finished inside the store!

Do you need to spring clean your garage? Do you have items in a bedroom that need to get moved, but have nowhere to put them? Then, you might be interested to know that the climate-controlled storage units are now finished inside the Prairie Chic store!

These are the eight (8) 10' by 10' climate-controlled storage units now finished! There are also thirteen (13) 5' by 7' storage units finished in the back of the store.

Climate-controlled storage units are not yet found in Herington. These spaces will be available to rent in the coming month. The prices for them are $105/mo., and $65/mo., respectively. If you have any questions or wish to hold a space, contact Stephanie Gilbert, store manager, at

Thursday, March 13, 2014

What's included in the cost of my booth space rental?

Several people have asked what all is included with booth space rental fee, so I wanted to take a few minutes and explain what the cost is covering.

* Marketing - I am already frequently posting on here (the Prairie Chic blog), and also on other websites to market the store. Soon, I'm going to be sending a news release out to the entire state! Once our website is up and running, and we have products on shelves, we'll post them on here, on Facebook, on our Etsy page, and help market them far beyond the Tri-County area. Keep in mind that any work the vendors do to help market their own products will also help the store, and help to sell their specific products, but vendors aren't required to reach out and promote the store itself. That's included in the cost.

* Staff - Although the vendors are required to staff the store for two hours each month, the other hours are free for vendors to be offsite. Making arrangements to meet up to sell products, while working around other family responsibilities and activities is not always feasible. Instead, the store manager and others are covering the majority of the time each month to keep the store open for regular business hours.

* Bookkeeping - We will be filing monthly tax reports on vendors' behalf.
* Building costs - The building cost, taxes and utilities are included with your rental space cost. If someone were to open their own storefront or home-based business, that expense would be theirs.

Mark and Denise have experience in the business and know that this venture, the marketing campaign, and the space itself are worth the vendors' costs.

"The objective is to bring business into town and to this rural area of Kansas which travelers enjoy exploring the Flint Hills," Denise Homer said. "If we are too high, area residents will instead fill up vacant buildings with flea markets, without taking a positive initiative to make the buildings appealing. We want to create a shopping experience, decorated storefronts and a reason for visitors to stop by, enjoy and shop. Win. Win. Win."

If you have any other questions about costs related to the store, or you would like to rent booth space or sell consignment items in the store, please contact Stephanie Gilbert, store manager, at

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Artists who repurpose wood pieces can sell their works

Artists can use wood to repurpose a discarded door, a disastrous dresser, a nuisance nightstand, a bulging bookshelf, or any other worn out wood pieces into something new. Someone with an imaginative mind can see potential in something that others may consider as rustic recycling material. Someone who has some crazy carpentry skills could imagine something similar to these examples:

These aren't the types of pieces that will be found in a metropolitan mall, but they are just the types of work that we are looking to help you sell. They are the types of items that will give the Prairie Chic store its unique offerings. Would you want to create a work of art or other repurposed creation that you could sell? If you have items like these, or any others made out of mangled metal or broken brick or other past prize pieces, and you would like to sell them in our store, contact Stephanie Gilbert, store manager, at

For more information about the store, visit the More about the Prairie Chic store Tab above.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Third annual car show coming to downtown Herington

Did you know the opening weekend of Prairie Chic is also the third annual Throttle Jockeys Car Club car show and drag races event? Unlike the past two years, this year the car show itself is being held in downtown Herington. All the visitors who went to the Herington Regional Airport during the past two years will now visit downtown Herington before heading out to airport for the drag races once again.

For more information about the car show, contact Jerry Alcorn at 316-706-1317.

For more about the Prairie Chic Store, contact Stephanie Gilbert, store manager, at