Farha Carpet & Building opens in Hillsboro

With the opening of Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply in Hillsboro, Issac and Anastasia Farha (middle) and parents Valerie (left) and Glen Farha (far right) were all smiles. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.<p>
With the opening of Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply in Hillsboro, Issac and Anastasia Farha (middle) and parents Valerie (left) and Glen Farha (far right) were all smiles. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and is closed Sundays.<p>
Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply at 130 N. Main St. in Hillsboro opened Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Isaac Farha, who is the store’s manager, and is looking forward to helping meet the needs of both homeowners and contractors.

“Our soft opening was Tuesday, and we are having a grand opening Friday, Sept. 22,” he said.

Farha said he, wife Anastasia and family enjoy designing kitchen layouts with customers.

“It’s fun to see what creative ideas can be worked up within the dimensions customers want,” he said.

“There’s a joy that comes from working on home remodeling projects.”

Farha said his specialty is kitchen cabinet design, having worked at Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply in Wichita since 1995.

“I have a good working knowledge of the company and the way we do business,” he said.

The Farha family, he said, has always tried to offer personable, kind, considerate customer service.

“That’s what I believe sets us apart from the big-box companies,” he said. “We also try to find the best deals we can and offer them at good prices to our customers.”

The inventory includes a large stock of products that a customer can take home right away.

Some of those items include unfinished oak cabinets and finished cabinets.

“In our Hillsboro store, kitchen cabinets, which include bathroom cabinets, are the main focus,” he said.

“But we also sell carpet, carpet squares, luxury vinyl tile, vinyl composition tile, self stick tile, ceramic and porcelain tile to name a few.”

For cabinets, Isaac said, they also sell counter tops, laminate, solid surfaces, granite, quartz and special tile backsplash, for which they can arrange installation.

“We sell various sundries, which accompany those products, and we do sell some miscellaneous related items, too,” he said.

Store history

Farha said his grandfather, Bus Farha, started the original Farha Sales at 728 W. Douglas, Wichita, beginning with the first store in 1964.

“The store continued at that location until it expanded and moved to 640 N. Main St.,” he said.

But in 1978, Farha’s moved to its current location on Harry Street, and by 1988, the company was incorporated as Farha’s Carpet & Building Supply.

“After my grandfather passed away,” he said, “my father Glen, his brother, Warren, and sisters Karen and Lori continued on with the business.”

The store in Hillsboro wouldn’t have happened, Farha said, without the generosity of the Wichita owners that include Glen, Karen and Lori.

Customer base

“Many customers that we see in the Wichita store,” Isaac said, “come from small towns and cities including Hillsboro.

“We’ve had customers come in all the way from Concordia and further west.

“Hillsboro, sits right in the middle of a large audience of people, too, with Salina, Newton, Peabody, Marion, Emporia, Lawrence, and Topeka, to name only a few in the surrounding area.”

Opening the Hillsboro store, Farha said, is so that we can bring business closer to our customers.

“And we look forward to attracting more business to the city of Hillsboro, and the existing businesses already here,” he said.

Hillsboro family

In addition to managing the new store, Isaac said he also serves as the priest of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Christian Church.

“We’re now working towards five years living here in Hillsboro,” he said.

He and Anastasia have four children: Peter, Melania, Barbara and Biana.

Farha said he is a mix of sorts, being half Caucasian with a quarter of Lebanese and a quarter Hispanic. His wife is Yup’ik Eskimo from Alaska.

“My wife and I met while we both were attending separate seminaries of the same faith in 2005,” he said.

“It was kind of like instantaneous attraction—like magnetic.”

That attraction stayed and in June 2007, they were married.

“I became a priest of the Orthodox Christian Church later that year, and in December 2007, and our first child, Peter, was born,” he said.

After graduating seminary in May 2008, Isaac said he his first parish was in Louisville, Ken.

“We were there for about six months before heading out to serve a parish in Fairbanks, Alaska, for almost five years before coming to Hillsboro,” he said.

Gratitude

Farha said he and his wife thank the Lord for their family’s generosity in opening the Hillsbor store.

He also wants to thank the community for “letting us have a shot at managing the store together here in Hillsboro.”

The Farhas look forward to meeting people in and around the area and showing them how they can help.

“Everyone really has to come and see for themselves (what we have),” he said. “And, if we don’t have something in stock, our store in Wichita probably does.”

The family remains stra­te­gically coordinated with their store in Wichita.

The Hillsboro store is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and closed Sundays.