Oh what a difference a little more than a year makes.
Joshua Stucky says he thought Agnes and Orson Gifts and Goods would be a “fun little hobby.”
Instead, the popular store -- named for his dogs and Agnes Moorehead and Orson Welles from “Citizen Kane,” his favorite movie -- has expanded so rapidly that it needs more space.
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Agnes and Orson Gifts closed its doors at 1132 Brown St. on Jan. 1 to relocate to a bigger space at 512 E. Third St. in the Cannery building, Stucky, its co-owner, said.
"We will be closed one month,” he added. The store is expected to reopen on Feb. 1 in its new home.
The Square One location at 1132 Brown Street, one of six salon locations owned by Stucky and his business partners, will remain open as it expands into the 900 square feet that held Agnes and Orson.
When all is said and done, the salon will be about 2,400 square feet and offer new nail and spa services.
Open in late November 2015, Stucky said Agnes and Orson’s sales grew 30 percent this year over the same time last year.
The Brown Street Square One grew 40 percent that time period.
“We knew we needed to move because (both businesses) were getting bigger,” Stucky said. “We thought we’d (expand) at the same.”
The relocated Agnes and Orson will move to a 3,000 square feet space just a few doors down from the original Square One location at 506 E. Third St.
The growth of the store that carries an assortment of terrariums, textiles, candles, bags, jewelry, novelty books, decorations, cards, dishware and items from Dayton based Tall Tails came as a bit of a surprise, Stucky said.
“It has gone from what we thought was going to be a fun little hobby to a fast-growing store,” he said.
The new Agnes and Orson location will offer more products, hold classes like terrarium making, feature local artists and host champagne and other events for groups.
A grand opening reception is being planned.
Stucky encourages Agnes and Orson fans to watch for details on the store’s website.