Annie Johnsen has not broken her streak.
The Invio Fine Furniture Consignment owner has expanded every year she’s had the business. This month’s 2,400-square-foot expansion is the fifth one for the business, which started 5 1/2 years ago.
Invio, which is on Woodlawn just north of Central, now has 11,200 much-needed square feet.
“It was getting crazy,” Johnsen says.
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Consignment items would come in and go out from the same area.
“We were just struggling to keep all that under control.”
Now, there’s a designated space for each.
There’s also room for a new Colore Studio, which will be used for paint classes and custom furniture painting. It will have a grand opening Nov. 3 during Invio’s holiday open house.
Invio now has room for a larger fabric and floral area as well.
Johnsen says she’s also hired a decorator and an artist and is adding design services, color consultations, staging, custom floral arranging, custom art and portraits and custom upholstery.
It’s a long way from the 1,200 square feet and more limited services Johnsen started with in her first location.
There won’t be any more expansions in the current space, though. Instead, Johnsen says she’ll probably start a second store. That likely would be on the west side, but that’s not for sure.
For now, Johnsen has plenty to keep her busy at her expanded space.
“We’re full already.”