Invio Fine Furniture Consignment to expand

WICHITA — For the second time in less than six months — and the third time in less than two years — Invio Fine Furniture Consignment is expanding.

Andrea and Eric Johnsen are adding another 1,250 square feet to their furniture consignment shop in the strip center behind Havertys on Rock Road for a total of 3,750 square feet.

“It’s just really grown,” Andrea Johnsen says of the business, which started in Diva Furniture a couple of doors down.

Invio expanded into its own space in October 2011 and most recently expanded again in May.

Johnsen says her store is doing so well, she could probably handle 8,000 square feet, but she’d rather “take a baby step.”

Consignment is popular right now with customers who have unwanted furniture pieces, Johnsen says.

“They don’t want to just give them away.”

She says when customers come in to consign their furniture, “they end up purchasing as well.”

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Invio Fine Furniture Consignment to move and double in size

WICHITA — Last fall, when Invio Fine Furniture Consignment moved out of Diva Furniture into the first space of its own two doors down, owner Andrea Attwater said she’d love to one day double the space.

Since then, she’s married Eric Johnsen, and the two of them are now ready to double the size of the consignment shop in the strip center behind Havertys on Rock Road. The move will happen in two weeks.

“I probably could fill four or five warehouses with everything that comes in,” Andrea Johnsen says.

For now, though, they’ll stick with 2,500 square feet in the two warehouses next to their current space. Johnsen says she’s not keeping that 1,250-square-foot space, too, because it doesn’t have air conditioning.

Johnsen says she’s deluged with consignment items.

“When something leaves, I automatically fill that spot with something else.”

She also offers items online and through a photo book in the shop, “which has actually worked pretty well.” Johnsen says she prefers that to expanding even further now.

“I’d rather take small steps.”

 

Invio Fine Furniture Consignment expands and Cohlmia Interiors opens at center behind Havertys on Rock Road

UPDATED — The strip center behind Havertys on Rock Road has inadvertently become something of a design center.

“Yeah, it’s kind of neat,” owner Steve Clark says. He considers the center at 1719 N. Rock something of “an incubator for small businesses.”

“It has evolved into a little design center there.”

Diva Furniture is at the north end of the center, and Invio Fine Furniture Consignment, which has been located within Diva, is now moving to its own 1,200-square-foot space two doors down.

“We have an option to expand over here,” Invio owner Andrea Attwater says. “I’d love to double our space.”

For now, she still has 1,000 square feet within Diva to sell some of her more high-end pieces.

The new space is open during construction. Attwater plans to have an open house Oct. 20.

“That’s my goal, to be all painted and ready.”

JK Design also is located within the Diva space.

Budget Blinds is between Diva and Invio.

Different Perspectives Photography, a photography studio, is on the other side of Invio’s new storefront.

On the other side of that, Jeff Cohlmia has opened Cohlmia Interiors in 2,400 square feet.

That’s substantially smaller than the 8,300-square-foot Home Gallery by Cohlmia he used to have near Central and Woodlawn.

“We have basically the same manufacturers, but we are showing some things that are less expensive but still in the same quality range,” Cohlmia says. “We’re happy to be open again, and we hope to see everyone.”

Attwater is happy for the unplanned design center.

“It’s kind of fun,” she says.

As Clark says, “It’s always good to have some synergistic uses in a property like that.”