On March 11, House to Home hosted the grand opening of their new location in Okemos. House to Home, a furniture store with a large selection of products to fit the need of any room, has been a part of the Lansing community for over 40 years. Even though it has taken different forms, it has always remained in the family. Julie Bytwerk and her husband bought the shop from her father-in-law 12 years ago. Previously, it had been a vacuum cleaner repair shop by a different name. After they took over the company, the Bytwerks added a furniture line and the conception of House to Home became a reality.
House to Home is always growing and improving upon themselves. They recently moved from their location on the southside of Lansing to Okemos. The new store is starting to come together and feel like home.
“The move has been going well. We just got signage up that is consistent with Meridian Township and we are starting to get more foot traffic in the door. We don’t feel quite as new to the neighborhood,” said Bytwerk.
The two big reasons behind the move were to ensure a larger space for furniture and to thrive in a busier shopping location. The previous spot lacked both.
Bytwerk is always looking for new opportunities to help the community. She currently works with a local charity, Small Talk, donating furniture and financial assistance. Small Talk, located south of Jolly Rd. in Lansing, is a safe place for children who have experienced abuse. They provide counseling services and other resources to children. With the new location in Meridian Township, House to Home is searching for new ways to continue giving back to the community.
Bytwerk loves to take on a design role to help her customers in new ways. It’s all about building a sense of family and community in this new spot.
“I love interacting with customers and having conversations. It’s nice getting to know who people are, not just their furniture needs,” said Bytwerk.
For more information, check out housetohomefurniture.com or stop into their new location at 4800 Okemos Rd. near Meijer on Grand River Ave.