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There are some things near and dear to my heart. One of them is finding….and SUPPORTING independent retailers.

An extraordinary shop in the Lakeside area of Richmond, Virginia is Feathernesters (6118 Lakeside Ave, just south of Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens), which is owned by merchandising and culinary extraordinaires Tony Turner and Marc Goswick.

There’s plenty of eye candy….and REAL candy (mmmm…homemade fudge anyone?) PLUS vintage home furnishings, garden goods, unique gifts – and a fab tea room (you MUST MUST MUST have the buttermilk pie!).

They’ve carried my line for some time now (thank you, gentlemen!). When I stopped in today to say “hello,” I was greeted by my own “children” at the door:

Feathernesters (PS: I now own that fab pillow! ha!)

In an age of Big Box Stores, it is refreshing (for me, at any rate) to explore such a beautifully-merchandised store. For those of you who have not had the “joy” of working in retail, know that there is an art to it.

Lucky Ginger Studio note cards, bookmarks and enclosure cards at Feathernesters

Tony, the master-merchandiser, is a talented blend of interior designer + visual artist + stylist. Add that to his really keen eye for discovering unique gift lines, showcasing local talent and dreaming up his own creations…..you’ve got a store full of perfect home accessories and endless options for “girlfriend gifts.” The vignettes will blow you away.

Lucky Ginger Studio boxed note cards at Feathernesters

Next time you’re in Lakeside, stop in for a bit of shopping and a bite to eat. You won’t be disappointed.

What locally-owned stores do you like in your area?