Traditions Home will reopen on Wednesday with new owners


Taylor and Sara Lewis, pictured, reopen Traditions Home in College Hill on Wednesday. The two purchased the longtime boutique of Robin Van Huss and her husband, Art Davis. “The skills and experience they’ve accumulated over the decades they’ve just given freely is truly incredible,” Taylor Lewis said.

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When the paper covering the windows of Traditions Home falls on Wednesday, people passing the College Hill store will see the first sign that there are new owners.

Taylor and Sara Lewis plan window displays much like department stores used to have thumbnails to draw attention to the furniture and accessories they sell.

“We are excited to embrace more of the Douglas. . . traffic,” said Sara Lewis.

She said it was about being part of the walkability of this area.

The two, who also own Lochwood Design, bought the longtime business from Robin Van Huss and her husband, Art Davis.

“I can’t say enough good things about Robin and this whole team,” Taylor Lewis said. “The skills and experience they’ve accumulated over the decades they’ve just given freely is truly amazing. The transition has been really smooth.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Initially, the majority of the first floor will be open for sale.

The rest of the first floor will likely open by the end of the summer, and the second floor will open by the end of the year.

These areas will have more of the same types of furniture that the first area will have, but possibly by other manufacturers.

“They’re going to see a lot of great products that they’ve come to expect from Traditions,” Taylor Lewis said.

This includes Stickley furniture which has long been associated with Traditions.

There will be a mix of sofas, rugs, chairs and accessories ranging from more traditional to modern pieces as well as transitional pieces that combine a bit of the two.

“We tried to design it as if someone was living in a space,” said Sara Lewis. “We tried to organize the space to look put together.”

There have also been renovations, including new paint and new flooring.

The Lewises had drawn up plans for the space in 3D before moving everything in.

Taylor Lewis said it was about turning a design into reality.

Although it was a lot of work, Sara Lewis said, “It was fun to see this come to fruition.”

Carrie Rengers has been a journalist for more than three decades, including nearly 20 years at the Wichita Eagle. She did you hear? business scoop column runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have any advice, please email or tweet him or call 316-268-6340.

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