417: Would you say your style for home decor has changed over the years; if so, how?
K.D.: I've always swayed on the "rustic/industrial" side of style. Hence our artist-crafted chimney caps by Tim Burroughs, who is a Bass Pro artist, rusted steel planters and dining table by Michael Merlin Stelzer, metal fountain by Tom Torrens, and stainless blanco by Russ Rupert. But my partner's taste is full-on mid-century, so I've come to embrace the melding of those styles. It can be tricky sometimes, but we've made it work, I think.
417: What is a favorite art piece or collectible item you have?
K.D.: I would say my favorite pieces right now are two by Pam Pierson. I think they got us through the pandemic. We found ourselves staring at them a lot. They just brought life and a glow into that room. She’s an excellent painter.
417: How would you recommend others to spice up their own homes?
K.D.: What is special to us is paintings by people you know and support. I’d say to seek out original and real art because there are some very talented people here. Our dining table is made by a local artist as well.
417: How often do you incorporate new items into your home?
K.D.: Some of our pieces are new and some of them we have had since the ’90s. It’s just when you can’t take it anymore and you are sick of looking at one piece. We’ve never done a full blown, you know, everything new, everything different at one time
417: You’re also very involved with the Ozark Farmers Market. Why has that become a passion for you?
K.D.: Well, everyone needs a farmers market and everyone needs farmers. We used to be in downtown Ozark down on the square for years and years until we finally just grew out of the space.
417: How did you get started on revitalizing downtown Ozark?
K.D.: In 2000 we established the Ozark Main Street program and went from there. We worked with the city to rehabilitate just the square to get sidewalks, lighting, trees and other infrastructure projects.
417: How did the community react to the new downtown ideas?
K.D.: Well, they thought that we were crazy, but they felt it was about time. It was like how to get something like that started? We were 87% vacant in downtown Ozark. So the community embraced it.