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You can’t get gas for your car at The Filling Station, 726 1/2 Main in downtown Eudora, but you sure can find a lot of other things. Housed in a historic building that was a blacksmith shop in Eudora’s early days (and still has the cool barn doors in the back to prove it), it’s the perfect spot for the eclectic gift shop owned by Tim and Anita Mitts.
The shop is full of unique gifts that range from antique furniture to home decor to interesting pieces of art created by local craftsmen. It is all arranged in an eye-pleasing way that makes one want to browse through every nook and cranny of the store. The Mitts love having the opportunity to showcase the goods made by folks right here in this area.
“A good percentage of our things are either made by local crafters or provided by local vendors,” said Anita. “We are very excited about this as it provides for some unique gift ideas, but also provides a means for local crafters and vendors to sell their products.”
When Tim Mitts runs the store on Friday afternoons, he always asks customers what they’d like to see in the store and then tries to fill that need.
“A perfect example is the popcorn,” Tim said as he pointed to a display of beautifully bagged gourmet popcorn. “A woman said that there was no place in town to buy popcorn now that Penny Annie’s is closed. So we got popcorn.”
Anita added, “We continue to change as we grow by asking and listening to our customers for ideas and how better to serve them. We know that small towns can be a challenge for new businesses but we are committed to grow by providing great customer service and providing products at a fair price.”
The Mitts, who have been in the area for about 35 years, love small town life. They enjoy meeting the people who come into The Filling Station, as well as providing a place where local folks can run into each other.
“One of the great things about Eudora customers is that they love to chat, talk about the past, and about what is going on today,” said Anita. “People bump into each other that they know and end up being in the store for an hour getting caught up. That does not happen in a big box store in a large metro area, and it’s fun to be a part of it.”
The Filling Station isn’t the only new thing happening in downtown Eudora. Tim and Anita are excited that there are other new businesses are starting up: two bakeries, a brewery, a couple of eating establishments, an event planning business, a printing company, and a bed and breakfast to name a few.
The Filling Station is currently open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons and from 10:00 to 6:00 on Saturdays. Each week they have new things for sale. Check the store’s Facebook page to keep up with the current gifts, pieces of furniture and unique home decor. Don’t let the holiday season pass without a trip to The Filling Station right here in Eudora!