WICHITA — A former Norwalk Furniture & Design neighbor is ready to take its space.
Nelson Designs, which has been in the Shops at Tallgrass since late 2009, is expanding there in March.
"It's another 2,000 square feet, which we definitely need, and it's a lot closer to 21st Street so the visibility is going to be great," owner Sharon Nelson says. "That's a big part of it."
Nelson opened her design business in the heart of the economic crisis "when the rest of the world was saying, 'You are absolutely crazy,' but I think it's worked," she says.
Her first store was 1,400 square feet.
"Of course, we opened it when the economy was horrible, so I wasn't too sure how it was going to go."
Within a year, though, she more than doubled her space to 3,158 square feet.
Now, she's out of room.
For instance, in the area where she sells wood and tile flooring, Nelson says, "It is so jam-packed in there with our fabrics for drapery and upholstery, people don't know what all we sell."
The business now has five designers instead of the two that the store started with.
Nelson had been running the business out of her home initially.