‘Abode’ makes its move into new store along Mission’s Johnson Drive

Jannell Lukens is one of the sisters who owns Abode, which just opened on Johnson Drive in Mission.
Jannell Lukens is one of the sisters who owns Abode, which just opened on Johnson Drive in Mission.

A new shop has opened on Mission’s Johnson Drive that fits right in with its neighbors. Abode, previously located near the 47th and Mission intersection on the Roeland Park side, re-opened in Mission last Friday in the spot formerly occupied by Chacko’s restaurant.

Jannell Lukens runs the shop with her sister Melissa Hadley. The sisters feature an “eclectic mix” of choices Lukens says, describing it as mostly “upcycled” items. A few vendors and artists do have new materials in the store. “We like to keep it local,” Lukens said. A line of Shabby Paints, a non-toxic, chalked paint also is available. “That’s been a huge seller for us,” she said.

What started as a hobby after her last child left for college surprisingly turned into a brick and mortar establishment selling the items that the sisters find and refurbish. They also do custom work on furniture, pillows and decorative letters. And they have an inventory of unfinished pieces that customers have have custom designed. A work area is in the back of the shop.

After a year in Roeland Park, the Abode lease was ended because the corner is about to be redeveloped. About the choice of Johnson Drive, Lukens, says, “There aren’t a lot of places around Kansas City that are like a Main Street.”

From earrings to a china cabinet, Abode has a wide range and Lukens says what she carries is “similar, but not alike” compared to three neighboring shops along the strip east of Beverly. Even on Abode’s first day open, “the neighbors have been sending people over,” Lukens says. Abode is at 6009 Johnson Drive.
Abode also is participating in the Royals Win for Tim fundraiser.

Johnson Drive has several shops that focus on renewed items.
Johnson Drive has several shops that focus on renewed items.