Daily Archives: May 15, 2013

You don’t say

“The economic development program exists, I’m tempted to say, to irritate Commissioner Ranzau.”

— Sedgwick County CFO Chris Chronis joking at a budget hearing about Commissioner Richard Ranzau, who doesn’t believe it’s government’s job to help private businesses succeed

Wallflower Studios to move to former Roots & Bloom space on South Laura

WICHITA — Wallflower Studios isn’t a floral company, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that from its name or address — present or future.

Aaron and Christina Patton started the photography business from their home studio in March 2008 and last year moved into the former Flower Factory space at 1302 E. Waterman.

Now, they’re expanding at a new site.

“Ironically enough, we’re moving to another flower building,” Aaron Patton says.

The Pattons are moving from their current 4,000-square-foot space to more than 11,000 square feet in the former Roots & Bloom building at 151 S. Laura.

“It’s massive,” Aaron Patton says.

Roots & Bloom closed early last month when owner Chris Coburn decided to devote all his time to his job in sales at Doonan Truck & Equipment of Wichita.

Patton says he and his wife like the openness of the former Roots & Bloom space plus the extra rooms it has, which they can convert to studios, a gallery and a showroom.

There will be a 1,500-square-foot separate studio for other photographers to rent, which Patton says is more sizable than some other photography spaces for rent in the area.

“We’re just kind of hoping to offer something a little more versatile,” he says.

Their lease is up where they currently are.

“It’s been really great,” Patton says of the building. He adds, though, “We had been looking at having more of a showroom.”

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Rhoden Restoration opens under the Rhoden Roofing umbrella

WICHITA – John Rhoden and Brett Olivier are starting a new company under the Rhoden Roofing umbrella.

Rhoden Restoration will offer restoration and cleaning services for flooding situations.

“We partnered up together,” says Olivier, who first met Rhoden in kindergarten.

Olivier says regardless of the reason for flooding — it could be from a backed-up sewer or sump pump or maybe from a storm — Rhoden Restoration will be able to handle it.

“We’ll go in there and extract all the water. Basically get it dry.”

Olivier says there’s a great need for restoration services in the Wichita area.

“There’s a big market share there,” he says.

“We just felt like there was a need to do that and not chase storms,” he says referring to the roofing business.

Rhoden Roofing does some work around Kansas, but Olivier says it doesn’t generally go to other states following storms.

With Rhoden Restoration, Olivier says the idea is “just take care of a lot of the local people here.”

The company is behind Havertys near 21st and Rock Road in the same office at Rhoden Roofing.

Olivier is a former American Family Insurance agent

“That experience has helped on the other side of doing the claims process.”

Sunflower Restaurant Supply to reopen in Wichita on the west side

WICHITA — Sunflower Restaurant Supply is reopening in Wichita.

The store closed here a few years ago.

“They just kind of realigned the whole company and started over, and here we are,” says Gary Perry, who will manage the store.

Perry sold his Premier Restaurant Supply, which he used to operate here, to Sunflower last year.

He says the economy and management issues caused Sunflower to close here, but it has remained open in Salina where the company is based.

The new store will be at 6803 W. Taft, which is between Ridge and Dugan.

The 3,000-square-foot store will be open to the public, though its main customers are likely to be restaurants and hotels.

The store will sell large equipment, such as ranges and refrigerators, and small wares, such as pots, utensils and dishes.

Look for Sunflower to open in early June.