Savvy Sisters changes hands downtown

By Longview News-Journal

A businesswoman with a background in real estate and other fields has bought the Savvy Sisters store at 208 N. Green St. in the Heritage Tower building.

Diana Kardash said she decided to buy the estate and consignment shop from Kristy Boyd after seeing a social media posting in which Boyd disclosed she planned to begin a liquidation sale Wednesday if she had no takers.

However, Kardash said she also had planned to buy it from the previous owner, Trina Griffith, a childhood friend who is now a real estate broker.

“I’ve always wanted to own a consignment shop,” Kardash said.

Kardash assumed ownership Wednesday from Boyd. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kardash said she worked in real estate for 15 years in Northwest Arkansas, experience that included owning a real estate franchise for four years. She also has worked in banking.

“The whole time I was in real estate I did interior design work,” Kardash said. “I’ve worked with custom homebuilders.”

Kardash, who grew up in Elysian Fields and earned a degree in fashion merchandising from Kilgore College, said she plans to do consulting work in addition to running Savvy Sisters. She said she moved back to the Longview area six years ago to take care of her parents.

Boyd bought Savvy Sisters in February 2016 from Griffith. It has been at its current location since June 2013 after moving from Towne Lake Plaza on Spur 63. Griffith operated Savvy Sisters with her sister-in-law, Kim Cline.

“It was great while I was here,” Boyd said. “I’ve met a lot of great people, but I have new opportunities ahead of me, another business opportunity on the horizon.”

Savvy Sisters occupies about 5,000 square feet on the first floor of Heritage Tower and is the anchor tenant of the six-story, 82-year-old building formerly known as the Weaver Building. Downtown Flooring Gallery began subleasing about 2,500 square feet from Savvy Sisters in October 2016.

Four Corners Development of Springfield, Missouri, has a contract to buy the bank-owned building, and obtained approval a week ago from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for tax credits to convert it into 36 rental units for seniors.

“There is still a lot of work to do to close the deal, and consequently we still don’t have a schedule that would relate to our tenants,” Bill Graham, managing director for Sperry Commercial Graham Group, the bank-owned building’s property manager, said in an email. “If the deal closes, it mostly will be some time in 2019.”

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Medical building in the works Ymker Building LLC of Dixon, Missouri, has proposed a 6,688-square-foot commercial building at 1821 Judson Road with a construction value of $1.75 million, according to information filed with the Longview Development Services Department.

The department issued the permit to Ymker on July 27. Ymker applied the same day for a demolition permit.

Brady Ymker of the company was vague on plans, saying the building will house medical offices and retail space for businesses such as an optician. The property is owned by Piney Woods Ventures LLC of Longview, according to the Gregg County Appraisal District.

Ymker, son of company owner John Ymker, said demolition of an existing building on the property is “on track” to start Aug. 13, adding he expects construction of the new building to take 13 months.

Sleep First opens

Sleep First, a growing national mattress retailer with Texas roots, has opened its third East Texas location at 106 E. Loop 281 between Chase Bank and Newk’s in Longview.

Local owner Clarisa Miranda said in a statement, “We have been delivering to customers in Longview for more than a year now. It just made sense for us to move closer to our customers, making shopping and delivery more convenient for them. We want to support the Longview community the same way they’ve supported us.”

Sleep First’s team said it believes empowering local ownership in each market promotes leadership that ensures a top-quality experience for customers.

Sleep First has a BYOB shopping system to enable customers to “build their own bed” by identifying their ideal sleep surface. Customers may choose their materials, comfort, features and price.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

This article provided by NewsEdge.