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Two-story home furnishings store Arhaus opens in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza

Arhaus now has a two-story, 17,000-square-foot home furnishings store at 5300 W. 119th St. in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza.
Arhaus now has a two-story, 17,000-square-foot home furnishings store at 5300 W. 119th St. in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza. skeyser@kcstar.com

The owners of Arhaus just didn’t happen to pick a new Kansas City hot zone for home furnishings.

They did their research, making note of 119th and Roe’s Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn and new home furnishing retailers coming in such as Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (which opened earlier this month in Town Center Crossing in Leawood), the Container Store (which will open a two-story store June 27 in Hawthorne Plaza) and Restoration Hardware (which plans to build a three-story store in Town Center Plaza).

Now Cleveland-based Arhaus has joined them, opening Friday in a new 17,000-square-foot, two-story building at 5300 W. 119th St., between the Bristol Seafood Grill and On the Border restaurants in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza.

The store displays “vignettes” of handmade furniture and accessories, including sofas, sectionals and chairs (in a choice of more than 3,000 fabrics or leather), dining tables and chairs, outdoor furniture, bedroom furniture and private-label bedding, wall units and media centers, tableware, rugs, lighting, drapes and seasonal items. It will soon offer custom Italian wallpaper.

But the showcases also will be “infused with the unexpected” — such as an antique Chinese sideboard, as well as Italian chandeliers, fresh florals and hand-painted murals.

The new Arhaus is one of only seven in the 56-store chain to be freestanding. That allowed the design team to work from the ground up with lots of natural light through large windows on all sides and skylights. Gary Babcock, chief creative officer for Arhaus, who has been with the company since 1995, describes it as having an “industrial chic aesthetic, an old warehouse kind of look.”

“The pieces are made exclusively for us and by us. You won’t find them anywhere else. You may find something similar because people knock us off all the time,” Babcock said. “We use natural materials — wood, metal, stone. Our rugs are handmade.”

The company likes big pieces for drama and comfort, but many pieces come in several sizes so they can even fit a one-bedroom condo, he said. For example, its Tao dining room table (constructed of plantation-grown and sustainably sourced acacia timbers) comes in four sizes, seating from four to 10 people.

On the first floor, the company is testing a design and color palate called Caravan, featuring accessories such as pillows in brighter colors such as turquoise, red, orange and purple. The upstairs, called the Library, is a bit more masculine, Babcock said, with darker grays and blacks and Gothic touches here and there, such as a skull candle.

Metallic finishes — gold, silver, bronze and copper — are popular, and Babcock said they can hardly keep sheepskin rugs and pillows in stock.

In-stock furniture can be delivered in two to four weeks, with custom orders taking about eight to 12 weeks.

Arhaus was founded in 1986 in a three-story building in Cleveland’s historic Flats district by Jack Reed and his son, John Reed. John came across the name of a Danish port city called Arhus (pronounced ohr-HOOSE), a name that evoked “warmth, the Old World flair” that would fit their brand.

The new Leawood store will have a grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. June 4 with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to win Arhaus gift cards.

Topgolf preview

It has been drawing comments from passerbys for months, mostly along the lines of “What is that?”

Now Topgolf — the high-tech driving range/bar/restaurant complex towering above the landscape at 10611 Nall Ave. in Overland Park — is putting the finishing touches in place for its planned 9 a.m. opening June 26.

The Dallas company expects to serve 450,000 customers in its first year of operation. Nearly half of those people will probably describe themselves as non-golfers who are just coming for the entertainment, but many will be dedicated golfers who want to improve their game. The “top” in Topgolf stands for “target oriented practice.”

At Topgolf, players will line up in one of 102 climate-controlled hitting bays. Their golf balls will contain a computer microchip that will track each shot’s accuracy and distance and award points for hitting targets from 20 to 215 yards away. Golf pros also will be on hand to offer tips.

In a statement, Mayor Carl Gerlach of Overland Park said: “Topgolf is an outstanding venue for golfers and non-golfers alike. I’ve played at the Dallas area Topgolf and loved it. It’s addictive. It will definitely be an added attraction to businesses, visitors and residents.”

Customers also can come in just for a bite to eat or a drink. Menu items will include Mushi (described as Mexican sushi with cilantro sticky rice, drunken beans, spiced chicken and cheddar cheese rolled in a jalapeno tortilla, garnished with sour cream, avocado and sriracha hot sauce), chicken and waffle sliders, and doughnut holes that customers can infuse with Bavarian cream and chocolate and raspberry sauces. It also will have a weekend brunch.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday.

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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