Carrie Rengers

Finishing School for Modern Women gets downtown home

This former art gallery space at 340 S. Main is the new home of Jill Miller’s Finishing School for Modern Women.
This former art gallery space at 340 S. Main is the new home of Jill Miller’s Finishing School for Modern Women. Courtesy photo

Jill Miller is putting the finishing touches on her Finishing School for Modern Women, which she started in September.

Miller has signed a lease for permanent space for the school at 340 S. Main St.

“I wanted a central location that was easy for people to get to and find from any part of town.”

Miller says that she likes that Main Street is a well-lit, busy street.

“I think it’s a place that women will feel safe coming to at night.”

The almost 1,600 square feet, which is a former art gallery, also has enough room for Miller to have an office for her Creative Solutions consulting practice and another office with a separate entrance and dedicated parking space that she’ll be able to lease to someone else.

The Finishing School is what Miller describes as a modern-day school to help women learn professional and personal skills, such as being a better negotiator, money manager or speaker or learning how to work a room, set goals, get motivated or manage time.

“The momentum is really building,” Miller says.

She says she has at least 10 people per class.

“I’m finding that all of them have been pretty popular.”

Miller says different classes attract different people.

She says there’s a small courtyard behind a gate at the new space “that I’ll fancy up.”

Miller, who plans to have her first class there on Feb. 13, says she’s planning mid-century modern decor for the school.

“I really want to create an experience for when people come in there,” she says. “A fun, comfortable space to come hang out and learn.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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