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Nelson Designs to expand at Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — As Hugs & Hissyfits expands at the Shops at Tallgrass by taking the former Marshmallow Kisses space, neighbor Nelson Designs is expanding by taking the Hugs space and keeping its own, too.

"We're . . . more than doubling our size within a year," says Sharon Nelson, who opened her design business in the center at 21st and Rock in October 2009.

Prior to that, she worked with clients out of her house.

"It was our clients who kept saying, 'You really need to open a store,' " Nelson says.

The new combined 3,158-square-foot space will be ready in early November.

April Reed, who handled the deal for developer Slawson Cos., says this is the third tenant to expand at the center in six months, including Hugs & Hissyfits and Frou Frou.

This is "the strongest tenant mix the center has ever had," she says. "Our efforts to attract and create a design center have been paying off."

Nelson Designs carries drapes, accessories and tile and wood flooring, among other things.

"We try to make it a one-stop shop," Nelson says.

Even though she opened her storefront at a tough economic time, Nelson says she has done well.

"We really try to be very careful with our prices," she says.

"Wichita has been good to us."