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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Some of those attending the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee Thursday morning talk outside The Vintage Junk Trunk, a new downtown store that hosted the weekly gathering.(Jason E. Silvers/Tribune)
Surrounded by numerous novelty items and other decorative and unusual merchandise, Trista Miller, co-owner of The Vintage Junk Trunk, got a chance to talk about the new downtown store during the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee Thursday morning.

Miller said the store opened in May after the closing of Pretty Posh Boutique, a women's and juniors clothing store located at 202 State that she owned previously. Miller and the store's other owners, including Stacy Brown, Mary Eastwood, Courtney Clayton and Susie Carrillo, moved the business to its current location at 24 N. Main St., which previously housed Main Street Gallery and Gifts. That store recently moved into another downtown building, which opened up an opportunity for The Vintage Junk Trunk to move to a larger space.

"We needed more room," Eastwood said. "This is a wonderful building; we hope to be here for a long time."

Miller said she also still operates Decor by Miller, her interior design firm, but got out of the clothing business earlier this year after realizing she didn't have the time to operate it, choosing to concentrate more on home design.

Eastwood said each of the store's owners has a particular area of expertise; she does upholstery, Brown, Clayton and Carrillo each do design work, painting and repurposing furniture. Miller brings her interior design experience to the business.

Eastwood said she and Miller have worked together for 16 years.

The business, which offers upholstery service and furniture, has fared pretty well since it opened, Eastwood said.

"We've done well; we'd like to do better, of course," she said. "We get a lot of out-of-town business."

Miller said she has been back in her hometown of Fort Scott "for about 16 years" and she is glad businesses she has been involved with have been able to survive the tough times.

"We've made it through the ups and downs of the economy," she said. "Thankfully, we've lasted in this economy."

Miller said the store "is based on seven different consigners" and offers new and used merchandise, including reupholstered items.

Employees also do in-home consultations and "will try to work our pieces into people's home designs," Miller said.

The outlet has several clients who travel from the Kansas City area, which Miller said is helps boost local coffers.

"That's more money in our economy," she said. "We hope to pull some people that way."

In the near future, Miller said she hopes to be able to hold small workshops in the store's back room area where people can work on various projects.

The Vintage Junk Trunk will be one of many other participating stores in the holiday open house event downtown Nov. 7. Many businesses will offer refreshments and special discounts during that event.

Jerry Witt, chairman of the chamber's Business Development Division, said he appreciates the owners of the store choosing the North Main block as the location for their business.

"We want to keep Main Street filled," he said. "This is a great block."

The following announcements were made at the coffee:

* Fort Scott Community College Athletic Director J.D. Ettore said the FSCC Hall of Fame Weekend will be Oct. 19-20 and the Greyhound Golf Classic will return Friday, Oct. 19.

* FSCC Director of Development Gary Palmer said the FSCC Endowment banquet is scheduled to take place Nov. 15, and the FSCC Alumni and the first-ever Friends Holiday Party is set for Dec. 13 at the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center. Palmer said more details will be released later.

* Craig Campbell with the Good Neighbor Action Team provided an update on GNAT projects and mentioned a Wreaths Across America ceremony set for Dec. 15 at Fort Scott National Cemetery.

* Marlene Braker said the Kiwanis Pioneer Chili Feed is scheduled for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Scottish Rite Temple and tickets are $5 per person. Braker said proceeds go back into the community.

* Jim Scott said the Rotary Baked Potato Feed will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Scottish Rite Temple, and is one of Rotary's biggest fundraisers. Tickets are $5 each. Also, Forks and Corks, a food, wine and liqueur tasting event, is scheduled for 6:30-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Liberty Theatre and tickets are now available.

* Mike Giordano, owner of The Grind Coffee House, said a jobs website he recently created, www.fortscottjobs.com, has received 1,700 hits in the past four weeks. He has also established a new website that lists all rentals available in Fort Scott.

* Megan Felt with the Young Professionals League said the annual Beacon Soup Line, hosted by the YPL, is scheduled for Oct. 25 and all proceeds will benefit The Beacon, a local food pantry and assistance agency.

* City Manager Dave Martin said the city's wastewater treatment plant received an "excellent" review following a recent state inspection. Public Utilities Director Richard Cook said the state inspects the facility and its operations and equipment once a year.

* Beth Nuss, campaign chairwoman for Bourbon County Commission candidate Barbara Albright, said a fundraiser for Albright's campaign has been set for Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Liberty Theatre. Cost is $20 per person and the gathering includes dinner, social hour and music. Tickets are now available. Nuss said Albright is "extremely qualified" and urged attendees to "come out to support Barb."

A prize drawing was also conducted at the conclusion of the coffee.

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I have seen a lot of businesses come and go downtown since I moved here in 1968. I worked on Kansas highways for thiryone years and I don't remember seeing any advertisement signs advertiseing what bussiness are located uptown. Just a suggestion to our chamber of commerce. Maybe more travelers would stop if they were inticed to checkout our business community

-- Posted by Citizen4change on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 10:09 PM

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