Mission’s Johnson Drive welcomes another new store this week. Sweet Annie, a vintage home decor shop, continues its grand opening today and Saturday.
Anne Wille is the owner and designer at Sweet Annie. The store, she says, fulfills a 20-year dream for her. It is the first time she has owned her own store, although she has retail experience. Wille lives in Roeland Park and wanted to find a space that was close to home.
When the space became open at 5622 Johnson Drive, she jumped on it. Wille said the revamped Johnson Drive, the Farm and Flower Market directly across the street and the foot traffic generated by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop a few doors away made the site ideal for her store.
The store specializes in a wide variety of items for the home that Wille will keep replenishing from auctions, estates and flea markets. It is an eclectic mix with many farm-style items. “Anything that has a story to tell,” is how Wille describes the collection. ”I like them with a lot of character.” She also likes to show customers how the vintage items in the shop can work alongside new pieces.
The store’s inventory is mostly for inside the house, but it includes garden pieces as well as fresh flowers and jewelry. The inventory will change seasonally and the holidays will bring in a strong focus on Christmas items.
The regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. When the Farm Market opens, Wille plans to move her opening time earlier to line up with the market.