Get To Know Melissa Marsch-Walblay of Marsch Inspiration, The Great Gift Shop on Broadway!

By Admin, BuyLocalBG.com, BuyLocalBg@gmail.com/
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 10:00 AM CST

Melissa Marsch-Walblay, a native of Kentucky, grew up around a world of textiles. Both grandmothers inspired her to be creative and to have no boundaries in designing. One a respected German seamstress, the other a Cherokee descendant and artist at the loom, taught Melissa to respect the fabrics and the life they can create.

After achieving a BS and MS in Textiles at Western Kentucky University, teaching part-time for over ten years in the Textile department, Melissa has worked with numerous fabrics and ways to design. She believes all creations form by “inspiration, concept, design, product”. Her passion is working on silk, and creating unique, original designs. Inspiration is pulled from her family roots and being raised on Carpenter’s Lake with the beauty it held.

If you had to choose a last meal, what and/or would you eat?

Tough one, I love a good southern Italy dish….but also my Mother’s baked pork chop, new peas and potatoes with cream sauce would be a top contender if anyone could make it like her!

How important are local artists or vendors to you?

Even without my shop I have always been drawn to local talent and shops. I have never been what I would term a “mall shopper”. I love giving unique and original gifts, therefore I seek those type of shops out when I travel and when at home.

What has been your favorite local item you’ve carried from Southern Kentucky?

This is a tough one. My artists and designers have made me what I am, (shop-wise) Some artists have come and gone, but to say a favorite I cannot. SO my favorite local item I suppose would be “all my artists).

What other locally owned businesses in town do you enjoy shopping, eating or patronizing?

I have lived here over 30 years and have frequented so many local businesses. Nats, Heartstrings, Barbara Stewart, Chatters, too many to recall. Same with restaurants, bottom line, as time changes for me, my shopping has too, but I can promise that as needs come up I search out local before any chain. My current love list of places to eat would be Vino’s, Bistro, Verdi, Cambridge, and several new bakeries that have been popping up.

Marsch Inspirations is located at 815 Broadway Avenue. You can reach them by phone at 270-535-7135 or fan them on facebook.

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