Invio Fine Furniture Consignment’s business has ‘gone crazy’ at its new space

WICHITA — Invio Fine Furniture Consignment’s move from North Rock Road to 535 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread has been a great one, says Annie Johnsen, who owns the business with her husband, Eric.

“We moved here in October, and everything has just gone crazy,” she says. “Our business has probably tripled.”

On the far east side, the store was 3,600 square feet. Now Invio has 4,400 square feet. In addition to more space, Johnsen says, the business is so much better, items rotate in and out more quickly.

She says she thinks a lot of her business comes from people either downsizing or combining households. When customers combine households, she says, that means they have to try to match their furniture. So she says Invio is now carrying fabrics to help people redo furniture that they want to keep.

The store also is now doing color consultations and is helping with some design work.

Johnsen says she’s hired more employees – there used to be two and now there are five – and may need to add one more.

Artist Christine Tasheff, who does a lot of furniture painting, is now working in the front of the store doing portraits, which Johnsen says is an added bonus.

“It’s kind of fun to see her in action up there.”

Invio Fine Furniture Consignment to move

WICHITA — This time last year, Have You Heard? reported that for the second time in less than six months — and the third time in less than two years — Invio Fine Furniture Consignment was expanding.

Now, Annie and Eric Johnsen are expanding their east-side business again and moving it to a new area.

The store is moving from 3,750 square feet at the strip center behind Havertys on Rock Road to 4,800 square feet at 535 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread.

“It’s got more space, and it’s just more accessible,” Annie Johnsen says.

She says she’s had to advertise quite a bit to let people know where the store is currently, and it’s worked well.

However, Johnsen says the new space “will give us an opportunity to reach more people.”

Though visibility is the main reason behind the move, she says, “We can always use more space.”

Johnsen says she’s added three employees and is making improvements to make it easier for consignors to sell items at the shop.

The store’s new location will open Oct. 2.

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.”


Insurance Partners of Kansas to move to first permanent space

WICHITA — Father and son Jerry and Eric Johnsen are opening the first of several permanent branches for their Insurance Partners of Kansas.

They started the company, which represents 35 insurance carriers, in February and temporarily were in the Equity Bank building at 7701 E. Kellogg.

They’re now moving to permanent space at 707 N. Waco.

“This is the first of four branches we’re going to have,” Jerry Johnsen says. “We’re going to put a branch in all quadrants of the city.”

They plan to do that within two years.

Jerry Johnsen has been in the insurance business for 38 years. He says he likes the flexibility of being able to offer customers multiple policy carriers in order to find the best fit.

Brian Gaddis of BG Properties handled the deal.