WICHITA — Invio Fine Furniture Consignment's move from North Rock Road to 535 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread has been a great one, says Annie Johnsen, who owns the business with her husband, Eric.
"We moved here in October, and everything has just gone crazy," she says. "Our business has probably tripled."
On the far east side, the store was 3,600 square feet. Now Invio has 4,400 square feet. In addition to more space, Johnsen says, the business is so much better, items rotate in and out more quickly.
She says she thinks a lot of her business comes from people either downsizing or combining households. When customers combine households, she says, that means they have to try to match their furniture. So she says Invio is now carrying fabrics to help people redo furniture that they want to keep.
The store also is now doing color consultations and is helping with some design work.
Johnsen says she's hired more employees – there used to be two and now there are five – and may need to add one more.
Artist Christine Tasheff, who does a lot of furniture painting, is now working in the front of the store doing portraits, which Johnsen says is an added bonus.
"It's kind of fun to see her in action up there."