After being closed for only two weeks, Kaleidoscope Consignment Shop at 136 W. First St. has reopened under new ownership.
Christine Slusser, a transplanted broadcast journalist turned reusable guru, bought the business from founder April Aubuchon.
The new owner describes herself as an avid resale store treasure hunter, who has found a new vocation selling other people’s items.
Slusser will keep the same name and mission to sell still-useful items on consignment.
“Every item has a story,” she said.
Since receiving a broadcast journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, storytelling has been her forte. She worked as a broadcast journalist with KOMU-TV news broadcast in Columbia for two years.
For the next eight years, she was with Newsy.com, a national news network that airs in-depth coverage of current news. She started out writing TV news then became a partner manager selling the service in Los Angeles and New York markets.
She spent her free time combing through resale shops.
Equally at home on both sides of a camera, she also started a wedding and family photography business under the name Kansas City Photography.
One year ago, she moved to Pacific with her husband Bryan, a software engineer, and two daughters Lily, 7, and Luna, 2, where she continued to work with Newsy.com, opened a local branch of her Kansas City Photography service and began photographing weddings and family gatherings here.
“One employee still operates my Kansas City business because that’s where we started and where we have a following,” she said.
Slusser first experienced the Kaleidoscope shop as a customer, fell in love with it and when she learned that the former owner was preparing to close the business, she bought it.
That meant she had to leave her full-time job of eight years with Newsy.com.
“I didn’t think I could do both and do the shop justice,” she said.
An avowed pack rat and lover of all types of memorabilia, she discovered Kaleidoscope when she held a garage sale to reduce the size of her accumulation.
At the end of the day she looked at the items that did not sell and a neighbor said you should take them to Kaleidoscope.
“I came in and just fell in love with the place,” Slusser said. “I was back every day. I think I bought more than I sold.”
By the time she took over the store, most of the former consignment items were gone.
Now she spends her days adding to the array of clothing, collectibles, home decor and household items for sale, mostly on consignment that her eight employees arrange in department store style displays.
The most beautiful things in the store are arranged in front of her favorite spot, the exposed brick wall on the east side of the store.
“It just lends itself to eclectic art pieces and home decor,” she said. “I love it.”