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  • Couple's hearts go into Silver Heart Inn

  • The well-known Christmas tree is on the portico, but passersby also might have noticed the recent addition of a sign leading into the driveway of a historic mansion near 23rd Street and Noland Road in Independence.

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  • The well-known Christmas tree is on the portico, but passersby also might have noticed the recent addition of a sign leading into the driveway of a historic mansion near 23rd Street and Noland Road in Independence.
    Melanie Johnson and her husband, Independence native Perry Johnson, are the residents and innkeepers of 1114 S. Noland Road, the historic Stone/Gamble home that is now  Silver Heart Inn.
    The bed-and-breakfast is accepting reservations for 2013. The Johnsons also are offering a limited number of beach house (the freestanding cottage behind the home) owner memberships at $1,000 each, which provide the owners with an eight-night timeshare in 2013.
    Visit Silver Heart Inn’s Facebook page or website at www.silverheartinn.com for more information, or call 816-838-9508.
    1. What is the background on the name “Silver Heart Inn”?
    Perry: There’s a thing called geocaching that I like to do. When I met Melanie, one of the first things we did, on a cold winter day, was I took her geocaching. It was very cold, but she had potato soup ready and everything.
    In one of the caches, there was a little silver heart medallion kind of thing. On one side, it said “passion,” and on the other side it said “romance.” When I saw that, I just kind of passed over it and poked through some of the other stuff, but she saw it and said, “Oh, I want that!”
    Melanie: I feel like you have to live your life with passion in whatever you’re doing, whether you’re investing in a relationship or the things that you do in your life that you want to count.
    2. What influenced your decision to buy the historic house and make it into a bed-and-breakfast?
    Perry: I had been in here, and so I knew what was on the inside. Melanie had always wanted to do a bed-and-breakfast. Evan (Gamble) came to town, and we met him at Arthur Bryant’s, and they mentioned that the house was for sale. (The house, at that time, wasn’t on the market yet, but the Johnsons bought it nearly a year-and-a-half later.)
    3. What kind of preparations have gone into getting the home ready for a bed-and-breakfast?
    Perry: It’s been pretty hard since this summer was a hot one, but in the springtime, before it got hot, we pulled up the carpeting in the dining room and the carpeting upstairs in the front rooms. I spent about a month sanding the nice hardwood floors underneath.
    Melanie: The wallpapers and the architectural details are original to the house. As far as the furnishings, there were a few things that the Gamble family left for us to have – the piano, the living furniture.
    Page 2 of 2 - The dining room table is probably one of the most significant pieces because that was actually matching to the hutch that was built to match it, and the legs underneath the buffet were carved to match the legs on the table. So, they felt that it would be appropriate to leave those pieces together, and we do appreciate that.
    4. Talk about your commitment to shop locally in Independence.
    Melanie: A lot of the antiques that we have in the house are from (the now-closed) Antiques on the Square and Uztabz. We’ve shopped at Gilbert, Whitney & Co. and Dog Eared Books. In everything that we have, we’re making sure that if that resource is available in our community, that’s our go-to.
    5. What kind of experience do you hope your guests will go away with?
    Melanie: I think a big part of what this home contributes to the community is the historical aspect. Perry and I are both huge history buffs. I really enjoyed doing research and seeing what’s here and available in the community, and the deep roots historically in Independence. So, we want them to come and stay in a historical home, to live part of the history and to become part of the history. When they do that, now they own a little bit of Independence history. We hope to ignite that same passion for Independence and our history – we just have so much to offer here.
     
     
     
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