Window Shopping: Tailfeathers Boutique

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

But apparel soon entered the mix, and now it makes up the majority of the shop's merchandise, said owner Katharine Elliott.

And while Elliott cites fortysomething moms on the go as her primary customers, plenty of the clothing and handbags would appeal to much younger shoppers.

Since opening in a former New Albany home four years ago, the eclectic assortment of clothing, purses, jewelry and other accessories Elliott has gathered have two things in common: color and quality.

While a few solid, dark-colored pieces are scattered around, most of the clothing is bright and colorful, like green trench coats and hand-woven belts decorated with flowers made in Peru. The store is a reflection of Elliott's preferences and personality, and she admits to having to remind herself to buy things in black.

Quality is of the highest importance at Tailfeathers, but trends aren't too far behind. The shop has plenty of spring tops and dresses in stock right now, with feminine details like fabric flower appliques, beading and ruching.

"I'm always going to look for things that have details - the buttons, or a cool lining on a coat," said Elliott, who thinks of much of her merchandise as "little pieces of art."

That detail-oriented focus extends to the jewelry, which ranges from fun, dangly earrings featuring deer drawings to gorgeous pearl-and-crystal statement earrings and asymmetrical necklaces from a Seattle jewelry maker.

Elliott said she appreciates her regular customers and keeps them in mind when selecting clothing styles and sizes. But the shop's handbags, luggage tags and other unique items make it the perfect place to stop in and pick up a gift.

Operating out of what used to be the living room of the home is Three French Hens, a vintage and antique home decor shop. And the barware sets, repurposed furniture pieces and other found items sold there complement the selection at Tailfeathers.

"In fact, these pillows," said Elliott, reaching toward a woven flower accent pillow, "are from the same Peruvian artisans that made those belts."

Tailfeathers Boutique

31 N. High St., New Albany



Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday