In Nov. 7 IssueBy Kim GrahamRCN Reporter
One step into KloudNine Lights & Things is met with the warm fragrance of candles and an array of primitive décor.
“I’ve always wanted to have a store,” said Phil Polston co-owner of KloudNine Lights & Things. “It’s been in the making for many years.”
Phil’s dream has become reality since he and his wife Sarah opened KloudNine Lights & Things next door to their home in Jamestown.
“We have primitives, unique handmade items, and vintage collectibles,” said Phil Polston.
Lifelong Russell Countian, Sarah Polston, recently retired after 25 years of teaching Consumer and Life Science at Russell County High School.
Phil currently works in the library at the high school.
The couple combines their skills and vision to bring country class and style to primitive home décor.
Phillip’s mother and dad’s old refrigerator was converted to a display piece in the store holding collectible snowmen instead of perishables.
Phil says his passion is decorating.
“Primitive décor, plain and simple, is just old country,” said Phil.
His signature is placing candles in each arrangement he makes illuminating the decorations.
Phil buys old oil lamps, converts them to electric and adorns them with bows and flowers for a nostalgic country look.
Vintage and antique oil lamps throughout the store now glow with electric light.
Many of the oil lamps Polston decorates are revived from a bygone era when the lamps may have been an only light source.
KloudNine is representative of Sarah’s high hopes for the best in life no matter what the circumstances.
“If I’m going to do anything, I want to do it well,” said Sarah Polston, co-owner of KloudNine Lights & Things.
With her years of experience teaching home arts, Sarah uses her talent now to craft one of a kind handmade items.
“I do the primitive stitching and pillow case dolls,” Polston said. “I like the sewing aspect of decorating.”
Handcrafting runs in Sarah’s family. Her Great-Great Grandfather McFarland made the antique writing desk that graces the center of the store as a display for the couple’s creations.
No need to ask the cost of the family heirloom, the Polston’s will quickly relay that the desk is not for sale at any price.
There are many other items available for purchase in the store including locally made wooden stacking benches, jelly cupboards, faux fireplaces, and shelves.
Old wood paned windows are revived as home décor through Phil Polston’s imagination and talent for decorative arrangements.
He adds a shelf to the back of some windows to give them a shadowbox effect.
For those who enjoy seasonal decorating, the windows can be changed to suite holidays or other occasions throughout the year.
KloudNine Lights & Things will have a Christmas open house Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Everyone is invited to come by and get a free handmade ornament.
There will be a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to be used in the store and of course holiday cookies and hot apple cider.
“Having a primitive store is fun,” said Sarah Polston. “I do enjoy it.”
“We like meeting people,” said Phil Polston.
KloudNine Lights and Things is located at 711 South Main Street (Boat Dock Road) in Jamestown.
The store is open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information call 270-343-3309.