Passersby in Plain City sometimes do a double take when they see the quaint 1930s building with its beautiful yard art, bright blue planters and the gable sign on what used to be a family residence just east of the auction house.
The property, located at 179 E. Main St., is now a commercial property and The White Feather Gallery-Boutique has moved in.
Owners Melynnda Smith and Sandy Adkins said their approach is somewhat unique in that it is a three-fold concept. Visitors cannot only browse and shop though the gallery, but also take a class and schedule a location in which to hold their next important event.
The White Feather Gallery-Boutique was named for a reference from the book, “Dream Giver” — about the character Ordinary, who pursues a dream.The store first opened in December 2013 on Saturdays. Hours were extended to Tuesday through Saturday in March.
The store showcases and promotes the work of Ohio artisans. Guests entering the shop are greeted by the many beautiful pieces ranging from paintings, soaps and lotions, pottery, photography, various jewelry artists, watercolor prints, soy candles, handmade hats, hand-painted bone china and more.
Both owners are residents of the village, and said they understand the need to support the local economy.
“It was important our shop be located in uptown Plain City,” Adkins said. “We encourage customers to visit the other shops and other shop owners are doing the same for us. It is a joint effort to help each other be successful.”
White Feather also offers garden events in the two adjacent lots. The space is used by the owners for art fairs, concerts and other various events, but is also available to be rented out by the public.
Additionally, the patio is available for events and for customers to stop by on a Saturday morning for a cup of coffee and freshly baked pastry.
“It’s about fulfilling a heart dream we’ve both had for many, many years,” Adkins said. “After years of hoping, praying and planning the doors of opportunity opened to us and we are now living out our God-given dreams.”
The White Feather Gallery-Boutique is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.