New store to feature 'A Modern Touch'

Home décor store to open in former Pizza Hut


Wendy Kremer said she has always been painting.

Whether it’s items she found at garage sales or the walls of her home, Kremer said she loves to add color to her life.

“I actually have always painted furniture, even when it wasn't in style… I went to garage sales and we bought used and we painted it up,” Kremer said. “My dad always teases me that my house will never blow away because I have so many colors (layers) of paint on my walls.”

Finding unique pieces to upcycle led to Kremer selling her refurbished furniture to others, eventually landing her inside The Second Closet. Kremer’s home decor garnered an audience through the store and via her painting business Wendy’s Premier Painting.

With higher demands and more eyes on her work, Kremer decided to open her new business as a way to meet consumer needs – A Modern Touch.

“I wanted to do bigger pieces and didn't necessarily have the room to do it,” Kremer said. “I also needed more shop space to do my customer’s personal pieces in the back shop area of the store.”

After years of hard work and dedication to her craft, Kremer is opening her new store, A Modern Touch on Thursday, June 27, in the former Pizza Hut building south of Seward. But the building will look like anything but a Pizza Hut.

“We had to go down to four walls and start over,” Kremer said.

Kremer said the furniture throughout the store will take a new spin on her current furniture refurbishing, delving into modern and vintage looks. 

“There's some old and some new, so I feel like I have something for … everybody's taste,” Kremer said.

The store’s open house will take place on June 27 – 29. The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 27 and 28 and will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29. 

Since the following week will have the town swamped with Fourth of July festivities, Kremer said the hours would change once more. On July 1 through July 3, the store will be open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on the Fourth of July, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Following the hectic week surrounding Independence Day, Kremer said she will update shoppers with set business hours on Facebook and her website when everything begins to calm down.

Even though the initial plan was to renovate the building in chunks, Kremer said they had to completely revamp it from the get-go, shifting the initial plan after getting into the electrical and plumbing systems.

Kremer said she has many plans moving forward for A Modern Touch, and shoppers can expect changes to come.

“Of course I have my vision board,” Kremer said. “I will be incorporating some more stuff that will be new or gift ideas and stuff like that for customers.”