Social Manor to open in Old Town on Dec. 1

WICHITA — The holidays are a social time, so perhaps it’s fitting that Lauren Johnson and Erin Kice are opening their new Social Manor in Old Town on Dec. 1.

The two first shared their plans with Have You Heard? in September.

The store, which is in the former Gingeroot Studios space at 920 E. Douglas next to I Do Bridal & Tux, will have furniture, art, accessories and gifts along with design services.

“It’s a pretty even mix of gifts of furniture to artwork,” Johnson says.

“We’re getting there,” she says of being ready to open. “Some things came up last minute that you just don’t anticipate.”

Johnson says shipping over Thanksgiving was an issue.

“We’re still waiting on a couple of orders that will probably block Douglas.”

She’s not kidding. Johnson and Kice discovered that the large trucks bringing their inventory can’t fit in the alley by their business, so they temporarily park on the busy Douglas, blocking it.

“Everyone knows when we have a delivery,” Johnson says.

Although the shop has some holiday decor, she says, “We didn’t want to go too crazy because it is already December when we’re opening. We focused mainly on gifts this year.”

Social Manor also will offer in-store instructional events on decorating. Johnson says she and Kice hope the classes and the store in general will be an inspiration for shoppers.

“We like bringing fun things downtown,” she says. “We think the store will be great for Wichita.”