Twetten’s among businesses filling up new office building

Twetten’s Interior Design is moving south into a new building that is starting to fill up with tenants.

The interior design business, which expanded to Sioux Falls from Iowa in 2004, has outgrown its original space at 1714 S. Minnesota Ave.

Sarah Larson and Teresa Truog

It’s owned by Sarah Larson and Teresa Truog, longtime employees who bought the business from the Twetten family in 2014.

The new location will be on the first floor of a new office building in the Three Fountains development at 85th Street and Western Avenue. Twetten’s is leasing 2,700 square feet, which is slightly bigger than its current space and provides a more efficient layout.

The new location will allow Twetten’s to double its studio space.

“It will be laid out differently and be a lot more user-friendly,” Truog said. “We’re excited to have a private meeting room facing 85th Street, and we’ll have great southern exposure. Plus, we can design it exactly the way we want, which was a huge bonus because that’s what we do.”

The five-person Sioux Falls team increasingly is seeing clients from the growing south side of town, the owners added.

“It’s a small, specialized design firm,” Larson said. “We realize we’re not a big furniture store. We create a home instead of decorate a home.”

A home designed by Twetten’s

The business was founded by brothers Seymour and Walter Twetten in 1922 in Spencer, Iowa, as a furniture store. Walter’s son, Jerry, joined the business in 1955 and began the interior design studio. The Iowa store moved to Spirit Lake in 2009 and to a renovated historic building in the city’s downtown in 2016.

“A big part of our business has been customer service. When we work with clients, we tend to work with them for years and for multiple generations,” Truog said. “We have clients in Minneapolis, Omaha, Des Moines, Iowa City, Florida … and most of our business is from referrals. We try to take care of our clients.”

The owners said they knew as soon as they walked in that the space at 85th and Western was the right fit.

“It’s very professional feeling, high quality and the natural lighting were probably the main reasons we liked it so much,” Larson said.

The plan is to move by June 2018.

Other businesses also are leasing space in the 15,000-square-foot building, which is approaching 50 percent occupancy.

Legacy Wealth Group is moving from 4310 S. Technology Drive into a second-floor space early next year.

Paradigm Construction and RMB Associates, the contractor and developer of the project, also have offices there.

The remaining space is listed with Gregg Brown and Craig Hagen of NAI Sioux Falls.

“Legacy Wealth is exactly the type of tenant we were aiming for – a financial services type of tenant. Twetten is not one we would have thought of, but we love it,” Brown said.

“We’ve had some interest from a law firm, another financial services firm, a medical services office, and there are two or three others. It’s been great.”

The underground parking and the demographics of the area help, Hagen said, calling recent interest “an absolute flurry of activity.”

Three Fountains also recently announced its first retailer. Tapas restaurant No Regrets is leasing part of a retail center that will open next year.

Tapas restaurant coming to south Sioux Falls

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Twetten’s among businesses filling up new office building

Twetten’s Interior Design is moving south into a new building that is starting to fill up with tenants.

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