Clintonville's loss is Clintonville's gain.

Clintonville's loss is Clintonville's gain.

When the Objects for the Home boutique outgrew its space at 3284 N. High St. after only a year, owners Chelsea Cabot and Kris Konieczko relocated to 1392 Grandview Ave. and a store that, at 1,700 square feet, doubled the size of the previous shop.

That paved the way for a mom-and-pop operation to move in.


John and Sue Konieczko, Kris Konieczko's parents, recently opened Cottage Street Home Furnishings in the spot vacated by Objects for the Home.

The new enterprise offers vintage furniture, much of it painted and repaired by John Konieczko, who was a finish carpenter for 16 years in the remodeling business.

"Like our kids did when they were here, we search estate sales, auctions, sometimes yard sales, just looking for the right pieces to put in here," the Grove City resident said. "Our goal is to make people excited about what we're doing here."

The two enterprises, the one run by "the kids" and Cottage Street, came about almost by happenstance, according to John Konieczko. Son Kris, who has a master's degree from the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, was living in the Short North near the upscale consignment store, Grandview Mercantile. Intrigued by the idea of selling some of the items they had collected at estate sales and auctions, John Konieczko asked his son to inquire about obtaining space in Grandview Mercantile.

Before that could happen, though, the two couples stopped in at Funky and Functional, another consignment operation along North High Street in the Short North. Mom and dad and Kris Konieczko and Chelsea Cabot, who has a degree in interior design from OSU, rented a "third of a booth" in Funky and Functional, John Konieczko said. They soon needed an entire booth each, and then branched out to selling items at the Heritage Square Antique Mall on Channingway Center Boulevard, followed by the opening of Objects for the Home.

"We just enjoyed it so much we kept getting bigger," John Konieczko said.

Chelsea and Kris "really just had a vision of getting bigger and better," so jumped on it when the Grandview Avenue location opened up, and that motivated Sue and John to try their hand at running a retail operation.

None of the four had any previous experience in retail, John Konieczko said, but it doesn't seem to have held any of them back.

"Of course our kids are very talented and we just kind of learned from them," John Konieczko said.

He works at the store full-time while Sue Konieczko is employed by Nationwide Insurance.

Cottage Street Home Furnishings is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.