WICHITA — In the four years since Christopher Clark purchased a 3,000-square-foot Delano building for his Christopher Clark Designer Portraits, the economy has crashed and the photography business has changed.
Clark says when he opened at 1113 W. Douglas, he wanted room to meet with customers because “we just wanted the one-on-one personal relationship.”
Now, he says, “More people are going to the Internet to actually purchase pictures.”
So after two years of trying to sell his building, Clark auctioned it last week and is moving to the Garvey Center next month.
Larry Weber of Builders Inc. handled the deal.
Clark will be subleasing about 1,700 square feet from the South Central Kansas Economic Development District, which no longer needed all the room it has.
The space happens to be where Channel 33, the former WB affiliate, used to be, so Clark says its high ceilings and other features are ideal for him.
“I’ll still be able to do a gallery and a studio,” he says.
Clark, who has been shooting in Wichita for 25 years, will remain in his Delano space until he moves July 16.
“I look forward to the future,” he says. “This is going to be fun.”