How two moms started trendy online furniture business Gather Home KC

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As young mothers who understand the demands of a growing family, Megan Allen and Sarah Filipovits wanted to simplify the process of home decorating. Through Gather Home KC, their stylish company borne out of the pandemic, the two women streamline finding specialty pieces that range from mid-century velour barrel chairs to rattan headboards by offering an online shopping experience and showing customers style inspiration.

Tell Me A Little About Yourselves And Your Backgrounds.

Megan: I grew up in Overland Park, graduated from KU and worked in corporate catering in Chicago. After my husband and I came back to KC, I co-owned Bella Bridesmaid with a friend, learning retail and buying strategies.

Sarah: I’m from Blue Springs. After graduating from Iona College in New York, I worked for a Bronx ad agency, which meant I was traveling constantly. Eventually, my husband and I moved back to KC to raise our family.

How Did Gather Home Come To Be?

Megan: We thought about the importance of gathering with family or a small group of friends and about the importance of having a beautiful home. We both loved the idea of working in interior design; however, we were done with corporate life.

Sarah: Everyone is living on Instagram. We realized that having an e-commerce brand would allow people to see decor that could take their style to another level.

Tell Me About Your “Ah-Ha Moment”.

Megan: We upscaled an old Zenith record player cabinet by taking off the front piece and fitting in glass. Way cooler than a bar cart! It’s rooted in history yet styled with a chic mid-century modern vibe.

What Do People Love About Gather Home?

Sarah: They can avoid the Amazon and Facebook Marketplace rat race because we select unique pieces that have quality and craftsmanship to fit today’s aesthetic. We like making a positive impact on the environment by repurposing furnishings and supporting our local community.

Their Favorite Kansas City Things:

We love Science City, the KC Streetcar, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Kansas City Zoo and Royals games. They’re all perfect for families.

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