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Roo Grayson to almost double in size

WICHITA — When Karla Binns opened her Roo Grayson home decor store in late 2009, she said her business would be "a fun place to shop because there's always going to be something different there."

She kept her promise and now is building on it by adding another 2,500 square feet to her 3,400-square-foot store.

Binns is creating an archway to the south of her store to open onto a new area where she can add more furniture lines.

Though she sells furniture now, such as handmade mahogany pieces from Indonesia and salvaged pieces from other countries, Binns says she mostly has tables and accent pieces.

"I couldn't completely furnish your living room."

When her new space is ready in July, she'll be able to do that thanks to new lines of sofas, chairs and what Binns calls library pieces, such as bookcases with a ladder.

The space next to hers has long been storage, and Binns says she told her landlord she wanted first dibs on it.

"We thought maybe we might want to do this," she says of the expansion. "We hoped."

Binns has commissioned a number of pieces in her store. For instance, she finds various older pieces of wood and has tables made.

It's all part of her effort to be unique.

"We're trying to become Wichita's destination store," Binns says. "It's just a one-of-a-kind store."

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