New York Times | October 2017
"Brian Kellett and Emily Brown, both recent graduates of the Columbus College of Art and Design, founded Stump, a chain of stores selling houseplants to a mostly millennial clientele. While name-brand clothing stores have a hard time moving merchandise, Stump has no such problems. On a recent Thursday morning, dozens of new plants wrapped in brown butcher paper were being delivered to one of the stores, which was restocking after most of the week’s inventory had sold out."
Edible Columbus | December 2015
"STUMP offers a nontraditional retail environment for house plants tailored to urban dwellers. The selection is refined and hand-selected, each plant prepotted and priced according to size and vessel. And the educational component is fundamental. Visitors are guided toward plants that best suit their lifestyles, then equipped with information that will keep the plant flourishing."
Columbus Monthly | December 2015
"New Italian Village plant boutique Stump promises to keep your home full of good energy year-round.
There’s no such thing as a black thumb.
That’s the mantra of Emily Brown, who opened plant boutique Stump in Italian Village with her boyfriend, Brian Kellett, last month. The hardest part of caring for plants, she says, is finding one that suits your lifestyle. “We’re all about education,” says Brown, an industrial design student at Columbus College of Art & Design."
Ohio Magazine | August 2017
"Stump: Cacti and succulents line the walls of this charming Italian Village plant boutique, which Brian Kellett and Emily Brown founded in 2015 before opening a second store in German Village a year and a half later. Stump’s aim is to provide both quality plants and an education for its customers. “We take time with every single customer to make sure they pick a plant that will thrive where they put it,” Kellett explains. “Education is a big part of the plant-buying experience.” With a focus on air plants and other tropical houseplants in addition to the cacti and succulents, Stump has an array of low-maintenance options, so even those lacking a green thumb can spruce up their living space. “Plants play a big role in making interior spots feel alive in a more organic way than artwork or furniture does,” Kellett says."
Midwest Living | Winter 2017
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ZAGAT | January 2017
One of the best brunch experiences in Columbus can be had at a funky plant store on the fringes of the Italian Village neighborhood. Owned by Emily Brown and Brian Kellett, Stump is a quirky oasis of greenery that just so happens to host a killer brunch pop-up once a month. The menus and chefs change each time, but rest assured you’ll be in for a memorable treat. Take a seat at Stump’s makeshift coffee bar or along the long, wooden communal table to partake in dishes like shrimp and grits, fried green tomato Benedict and pumpkin–pine nut cake with a cereal marshmallow bar for dessert.
CCAD Blog Feature | 2017
A few years ago, Brian Kellett and Emily Brown probably didn’t seem like the plant store type. Brian, a CCAD-trained photographer, was working at Rockmill Brewery, and Emily was studying industrial design at CCAD. But after Emily worked on a project about the horticulture industry as a student at CCAD, things changed. In 2015, the couple opened STUMP, a dreamy plant shop that looks more like a gallery than a garden center.
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