Local Business Highlight – West Elm KC – Nkem

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We are happy to have a relationship with West Elm on the Plaza. Their furnishing items are beautiful and play well into our historic/modern apartments. Nkem, featured in this blog, runs the in-home design stylist program with West Elm. They can give you advice and ideas on designing your apartment. The store is offering a great discount on their items to Mac Residents who schedule a design appointment. See below for her interview:

Where are you from? If not from this area, how did you end up here?

“Lawrence, KS .  I moved to Kansas City after I started to work for west elm.  I love Kansas City, the people and energy this city has is inspiring.”

How long have you been in the home design business?

“I’ve been with west elm since we opened 2 1/2 years ago.”

Why did you decide to go into this field?

“I have a B.F.A in Textile Design from the University of Kansas.  While living in Lawrence, I saw that west elm was opening and I was excited to be apart of the team here.  With my background in Fine Art, being a stylist is a great fit.”

Why did you choose this location?

“I’ve lived overseas and in other parts of the country but I love the Midwest. The people here are kind and welcoming.”

What are your goals for 2016 and beyond?

“I want to continue to explore Kansas City!”

Who is your primary clientele?

“I work with a wide variety of clients, anyone who needs help in realizing their dreams for their home.”

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When Nkem and West Elm came do a design class at Ambassador Apartments.

What do you want people to know about you and your business?

“We are here to help you with your space.  Whether you live in a home or a studio, your living space should be a reflection of your style and a place that you feel comfortable in.”

Tell us one interesting story about your business. Can be anything that comes to mind. Struggles in starting up, funny story, interesting customer, etc.

“I will never forget opening the store, all the inside jokes and deep friendships that were made over early mornings and late nights.”

What are your hours of operation?

“Monday thru Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 11-5.”

Is there any discount you can offer residents who read this post?

“We would like to offer 15% off to any Mac Properties resident that has a design appointment with a west elm stylist.”

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