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Ohio handcrafted furniture retailer Arhaus plans store in Leawood

Updated: 2013-12-24T03:40:20Z

By JOYCE SMITH

The Kansas City Star

Arhaus, an Ohio company that sells handmade furniture, wants to open in Leawood.

The company is planning to put up a 17,000-square-foot, two-story building in Town Center Plaza, at 119th Street between Roe and Nall avenues. The new building will be between an On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina and the Bristol Seafood Grill. A November 2014 opening date is scheduled.

“We work with independent artisans from all over the world” who make furniture collections “exclusively for our stores and our e-commerce site,” said Kimberly Clark, spokeswoman for the company.

Arhaus is based in a suburb of Cleveland. It was founded in 1986 by a father and son, Jack and John Reed, to design and sell its own handmade furniture and accessories.

It uses cherry, elm and other natural hardwoods, natural stone tabletops, 100 percent organic cotton, dovetail joinery, hand-hammered copper and eight-way hand-tied upholstery. Wrought iron beds are made with forged iron.

Items also include sofas, sectionals and chairs in organic, leather and custom-order fabrics, along with dining tables and chairs, media centers, bookcases, bedroom furniture, private-label bedding, antiques and replicas, accent pillows, throws, mirrors, outdoor furniture and seasonal accessories.

The stores have such architectural details as skylights, river rock fireplaces, hand-painted murals, and distressed oak and stone flooring.

Its “chair wall” shows dining seats of various sizes and shapes, and its “accessory columns” are stacked with seasonal soft goods and glasswork.

Arhaus is named for Aarhus, a port city in Denmark. The owners changed a few letters to make a play on “our house.”

It now has 46 locations, mostly in the eastern United States, and is expanding across the country.

Pottery Barn, Standard Style

After nearly 20 years of operations on the Country Club Plaza, Pottery Barn plans to close by the end of January.

The 9,871-square-foot store at 400 W. 47th St. signed a lease in mid-1995, according to Plaza landlord Highwoods Properties. Highwoods said it had no announcement on a replacement tenant.

Officials with Pottery Barn said several factors could go into a store closing, including “terms of the store lease, surrounding stores and alternate real estate availability.” The company did not elaborate.

Pottery Barn also has a Pottery Barn Kids store on the Plaza, and it will remain open.

In other Plaza news, Standard Style will temporarily close its store at 451 W. 47th St. on Dec. 30 to remodel. It will move to 421 W. 47th St. until the remodeling is completed in mid-February.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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