Roots & Bloom to close on Tuesday

WICHITA — This time last year, Roots & Bloom owner Chris Coburn restructured his business by expanding to showcase other businesses within a collective at his downtown shop at 151 S. Laura.

Now, he’s closing the business on Tuesday.

In July, Coburn took a job in sales at Doonan Truck & Equipment of Wichita.

“The offer … turned my head,” he says.

It was too much to do that and run his company, though.

“Trying to ride two ponies isn’t working too well,” Coburn says.

Two years ago, Coburn created Roots & Bloom out of Wichita Wholesale Florists to attract retail customers in addition to the floral shops the company sold to for decades.

Last year he invited other businesses to have a presence at Roots & Bloom, including ACI Design Studio, Overhead Door, Hong’s Landscape & Nursery and the OnionTree.

OnionTree owner Bridgit Yinger last month told Coburn she decided to leave.

“That was part of the catalyst that started this conversation,” he says.

Coburn says business was good.

“It was really good on the wedding side of things. The retail side of things, as far as walk-in customers, wasn’t what we focused on.”

Coburn owns his space and now hopes to lease it. Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group is his broker.

Coburn says he’s alerted brides and other customers that he’s closing.

“We’ve contacted everybody, and we’ve refunded everybody 100 percent. We’re not leaving anybody out in the wind.”

He adds, “We’d like to thank our customers that we had.”