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Changes coming soon for local consignment businesses

Friday, September 22, 2006

Darlene Agnitsch
The "House of Yours" consignment store in Cherokee will be changing ownership soon. Darlene Agnitsch has been the owner and operator of the store since it opened in 1994, with the business being located at three different sites during its 12 years of operation. It has been at the current location of 201 West Main Street for five years.

Alecia Maurer
The building has been purchased by Alecia Maurer, owner and operator of the "Kids 2 Kids" consignment store, currently located at 112 North Fifth Street, since 2005. Maurer will be moving her business to the prime West Main location, and hopes to be open at that location by mid-October, after a couple of weeks of remodeling and rearranging.

"Kids 2 Kids" will be selling children's clothing on consignment, and hopes to add women's clothing, too, at some point. Maurer said she would really like to have another business use the back part of the store, too, as she feels that area will be "pretty much wasted space," if it is not used. At this time, Maurer plans to have her business hours from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Thursday. 10-4 p.m. on Friday and possibly 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Kim Tuttle has purchased the actual House of Yours inventory from Agnitsch, and plans to start moving the items which remain across the street to 218 West Main Street on Sept. 23. That building is owned by Mike Pitts, and formerly housed the short-lived Magnolia Restaurant, and most recently has served as the home of the Cherokee County Ministerial Association's House of Prayer. Tuttle plans to be open for business on Oct. 3.

Tuttle and her husband Mark live in Cherokee with their two girls, Tracie 8, and Jessica 2. Kim has worked full-time as a Production Technician at the Pioneer Seed plant north of Aurelia, and plans to continue working in that position for now. She feels that she will be able to do this, since current House of Yours employees Agnitsch and Colleen Harmon have said they will work part-time at her business to assist the new owner for awhile.

Kim Tuttle
Tuttle calls her business "New To You," and plans to offer "quality clothing for the whole family, "as well as books, CDs (compact discs, that is, not certificates of deposit), videos, craft kits, home decor items, and small furniture items in re-saleable condition.

"New To You" has an advertising slogan which describes their business plan - "Let us Outfit Your Family and Home For Less." Tuttle said she would prefer that customers call her at the business (225-2030) to arrange appointments before they bring items in. At this time, she is thinking the business will be open Tuesdays- Fridays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

The back of Tuttle's store will be home to "The Cutting Edge" business, run by Richard Lochner, Tuttle's father. Lochner will be offering sharpening services for knives, lawn mower blades, and scissors for now, and Tuttle says he plans to eventually add more equipment so that he can sharpen saw blades as well.

In addition to helping at the "New To You" store part-time for a little while, Agnitsch also plans to resume baking special items on request - something she used to do, but hasn't for several years. She says she will let it be known when she is ready to start providing that service.

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