Daily Archives: March 11, 2014

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“It would be kind of odd to have, say, a Kansas Sampler in New Jersey.”

Katherine Eppich, a manager at the Kansas Sampler on North Rock Road, on how the store is known as Rally House elsewhere

Garvey Center goes to great heights to show Shocker support

34WICHITA — Maintenance workers at the Garvey Center had to come in on their days off this weekend, but it wasn’t because of a maintenance problem.

It’s because Larry Weber, vice president with Builders Inc., had the idea to paint the number of Shocker wins on the top of the 26-story building along with changing the downtown building’s lights to appear Shocker yellow.

“I thought what better way to show … appreciation than to light up the building and put the numbers on top,” Weber says.

First was “32” on Friday.

“When they were up there painting, people were honking horns and flashing lights,” Weber says.

Then came “33” on Saturday and “34” on Sunday.

yellowThe building’s lights were changed to yellow with the help of some theatrical gel. Weber says his maintenance crew has a theatrical background.

He says thanks to social media, people from as far away as Australia have commented on the display.

“So it’s getting some worldwide play, but then it’s a world-class team, right?”

Weber says he “of course” will continue to have the numbers repainted to reflect each win. He won’t say what he’s going to do after the final number is up.

“That’s going to be a surprise.”

Designers Expo owner plans to reorganize instead of expand

WICHITA — Just as Janelle King is having to move her Workroom and JK Design because of the Domestic Laundry sale, neighboring Designers Expo has a change of plans as well.

Kathy Haines was prepared to expand her store, which sells residential decorative hardware and flooring, into the former ACI Design Studio space at the Domestic Laundry building. She was close to signing a lease when the building sale suddenly came about.

“We had been talking about it since the moment they decided they were closing down next door,” Haines says. “We are so crammed on top of ourselves.”

Like King, Haines is taking a positive approach, though.

“I said, ‘Well, I’ll probably save myself $5,000 a month,’” she says. “It’s probably not a bad thing in the long run.”

Designers Expo opened in 2005 and moved to 1409 E. Douglas in late 2006. Haines says business is great.

“We never had a recession,” she says. “The niche market was definitely the place to be when the housing market fell apart.”

Now that the store isn’t expanding, Haines says it may be time to reorganize to gain some more space. She says that will be a challenge, though.

“We’re always busy,” she says, adding, “and that’s not a bad thing either.”

Janelle King on the hunt for new Workroom and JK Design space

UPDATED — As the Workroom nears its first anniversary, designer Janelle King is unexpectedly searching for new space.

The Domestic Laundry building, which is at 1425 E. Douglas just east of Old Town, has a new owner who wants her space.

King says that’s not a bad thing on several levels.

“Now we know exactly what to look for in round two,” she says.

For instance, her current 2,400 square feet is not large enough. King says she needs between 2,500 and 3,500 square feet for what she calls home tech textile fabrication, such as custom drapes, pillows and bedding.

Also, she says, “Honestly, despite being on Douglas, we still don’t have the greatest visibility.”

King says she’d like to remain downtown and is eyeing several sites.

“I love the central location as well as just the culture and vibe down here.”

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