Carrie Rengers

Nifty Nut House still plans to move, but when?

What makes the Nifty Nut House so crazy during the holidays?

Why is the Nifty Nut House so popular during the holidays? What is it that people are buying? Some shoppers and employees helpfully tell us through a song. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle
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Why is the Nifty Nut House so popular during the holidays? What is it that people are buying? Some shoppers and employees helpfully tell us through a song. Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle

Steve Jahn knows the question before it’s even asked.

The self-described head nut of the Nifty Nut House admits to being the head procrastinator, too, and he knows people are wondering when his much-discussed move into a larger building on his property at Elm and St. Francis is going to happen.

Nifty Nut House owner Steve Jahn is expanding his popular downtown business into a larger building next to where his store is today. (Jan. 18, 2016/Carrie Rengers/The Wichita Eagle)

“I’m getting hot on it again just because my lovely bride reminds me of things I need to do,” Jahn says.

Originally, he had planned to move before the busy Christmas season.

“I was so anxious to get in last year, and I just ran out of time.”

Then he was just too exhausted.

“That beats us up pretty good,” Jahn says of that time of year. “Historically, it’s just always been good to shut off and do nothing after the holidays.”

Then came tax time, when Jahn has to do inventory.

“It’s a laborious process,” he says. “I’m independent, and I move pretty slow.”

With inventory or everything?

“I guess in general anymore.”

The biggest delay at the new space is the sprinkler system, which Have You Heard? previously reported.

“It is still not finished,” Jahn says.

“I’ve let them kind of back off,” he says of workers, “but I’m on ’em again.”

Jahn thinks he could move by late summer. At least, though, he’ll be in by this Christmas.

“I hate to say that,” he says. “God gave me a second chance. I hope I don’t blow this one, too.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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