Less than a year after opening on the Country Club Plaza — and after moving and expanding there once already — Create has relocated and expanded again.
But this time owner Sherry George has moved out of the Plaza and reopened the modern-home decor store in the Prairie Village Shopping Center, 6917 Tomahawk Road, taking part of the former Stoney Broke Ltd. space.
Create sells custom furniture and furnishings, including bedding, headboards, decorative pillows, coffee tables, window treatments and benches.
It has six lines of fabric and also offers in-home design service and reupholstering services.
“We’re thrilled to be here. We’re closer to our customers, and parking is plentiful and so much more accessible, with a fantastic mix of retailers and services,” George said.
On Friday, six different customers carried their furniture pieces into the shop.
“We keep telling them, ‘We’ll pick it up, we’ll pick it up,’ ” George says with a laugh. “We are part of the neighborhood now.”
Customers also will be able to send photos of the furniture they want redone and get estimates for fabric and labor.
Closings and openings
The “temporary” closing of Leawood’s Fo Thai restaurant is permanent.
The Thai restaurant recently shut down in One Nineteen, 4331 W. 119th St., but the landlord would not confirm that it was closed permanently.
Jackie Chan, who said he owns a New Jersey sushi restaurant and has cousins in the Kansas City area, heard the space was available and didn’t want it to go to someone who would completely change it.
So Chan is in the process of subleasing the space from the Fo Thai owner. He has changed the name to Soy Asian Cuisine, brought back Fo Thai’s original chef, kept the Fo Thai menu but added sushi and new Chinese dishes, and lowered the prices on many menu items.
“There was nothing wrong with the menu,” Chan said. “Reasonable prices, good quality, good service, good atmosphere. That’s the key.”
Chan, a native of Hong Kong who attended Washburn University in Topeka for a couple of years, said he would travel back and forth between his restaurants in Kansas and New Jersey for now.
Fo Thai opened in November 2011 and closed less than seven months later.
Officials with Glimcher Realty Trust, owners and managers of One Nineteen, said they had not been notified of any ownership change for the restaurant.
Freebirds World Burrito will open its first area location — and its first in Kansas — on Thursday. The restaurant, in the new Mission Crossing at 6029 Metcalf Ave., will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Menu items include made-to-order burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, salads, quesadillas, nachos and margaritas. Customers can choose from 40 freshly prepared ingredients, including grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.
Love Culture, a Los Angeles-based contemporary women’s clothing and accessories store chain, will open its first area store at 4419 W. 119th St. on July 21. It also will be the company’s first store in Kansas. Love Culture was founded in 2007 and now has about 50 locations in 24 states.
Savers, a national thrift store chain, will open a Shawnee store Thursday. The location at 13233 Shawnee Mission Parkway will have grand-opening events through Saturday, including the chance to win one of five $100 Savers gift certificates. Items include clothing for the family, housewares and electronics, and toys.