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Gather Home + Estate, 200Main Vintage Open Shared Showroom in Windmill Square

by Suzanne Licata

Four people, two concepts, one space. How does that work? Beautifully, it turns out. (October 3, 2023)

In September 2023, Sarah Filipovits and Megan Allen of Gather Home + Estate and Tobe Reed and Phyllis Asbury of 200Main Vintage opened their shared showroom space at 7341 W 97th Street in Overland Park’s Windmill Square Shopping Center – the space seamlessly integrating the vintage furniture and unique décor collections of each business. This followed years of each running their enterprises as online businesses and then testing the brick and mortar model in a several-month pop-up store.

Filipovits and Allen met through their children, who attend the same elementary school. They met Reed at a Gather Collection pop up they did with multiple vendors. Reed’s children also go to the same elementary school.

“All of us wanted to try having a physical place where our customers could experience our collections in person, so we came together in a space at 95th & Nall before that center was renovated,” said Filipovits. The plan was to do this for only one month. They stayed for four until the center closed.

“After that, we knew it would be a great partnership with Tobe and her mom (Phyllis),” added Filipovits. “We are two like-minded businesses who collaborate and share the expense and responsibility of a storefront. We all understand the big picture and yet are respectful of each other’s vision for their business.”

Gather KC

Filipovits, with a background in advertising, and Allen, who owned a bridesmaid shop, both were passionate about interior design. As Gather KC started as an online store, the two eventually experimented with a series of pop-up stores that were so popular, they were constantly asked when they would have a permanent location.

“We started Gather in October 2020, the middle of COVID,” said Allen. “The business was born out of a time when we couldn’t gather. We had such a longing to work with people to create spaces to do just that. It was a strange time to be considering brick and mortar, but it has always been part of our business plan once we got to the three-year mark.”

Gather’s curated collection of vintage and pre-owned home décor, art, furniture, lighting and more is targeted to a growing local audience. Gather also hosts online estate sales for those who enjoy shopping for one-of-kind, pre-owned home décor from the comfort of their own home.

200Main Vintage

Reed said this mother-daughter duo just celebrated 10 years in business this past March. Also operated as an online store, 200Main Vintage started selling small brass figures, candlesticks and glassware, evolving to where now its collection includes everything from those whimsical brass figures to large furniture pieces shipped to customers from coast to coast.

“I initially penned a shelter blog,” said Reed. “In 2013, an online site with a booming vintage marketplace, OneKingsLane, invited us to participate in a Vintage Tastemaker sale,” said Reed. “We stayed on as a permanent seller with OneKingsLane until last year. We can still be found on the vintage resale marketplace, Chairish.”

Reed said they love helping others collect distinctive, one-of-a-kind pieces, dedicating more than a decade to curating an ever-changing eclectic and whimsical assortment of timeless items sure to make a statement in any home.

Shared Vision, Shared Space

Both businesses plan to invite customers to the showroom by appointment only, though the curious, the collector and the home décor enthusiast alike should check the Gather KC website for news of a monthly weekend open house. They are thrilled with the showroom.

“It’s so fun to create vignettes with both of our collections together,” said Filipovits. “The showroom allows our customers to see the collections’ detail, age and imperfections and fully appreciate the personality of these pieces.”

The team chose Windmill Square for many reasons: It is easily accessible for their customers. They appreciate the center’s eclectic mix of tenants. Curry Real Estate Services’ commitment to work with them to prepare the space to suit their unique needs.

“Windmill Square checked all the boxes,” said Reed. “Adequate space, natural light, great neighboring businesses and proximity to home. We love the charm of the center!”

Filipovits added that the timeline to opening was aggressive and the Curry team was willing and able to take the space down to a blank slate and build it out to meet the requirements to showcase the collections as regards to lighting, access (French doors!), storage and more.

“We also paid attention to the other tenants who are here and are excited to be part of this community,” she added.


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