Janelle King finds new Workroom space

WICHITA — Designer Janelle King has found new space for her Workroom, and it’s remarkably similar to her current space.

“It is just right around the corner from us,” King says of 150 N. Cleveland, which is just south of the southeast corner of Douglas and Cleveland.

Her landlord will be Bill Jackson, who is one of the landlords she’s had at the Domestic Laundry building at 1425 E. Douglas, which is just east of Old Town.

The building owners recently sold to Joe Hayes and his Open Road Brands, which is why King is having to move.

King says Jackson is “very supportive of me and my business.”

“He supports downtown growth and development as well as the local arts industry and local businesses,” she says. “That was a big … selling point for me.”

King expects to open at the Cleveland address by June 1, although she says she may not have the business’ retail space entirely ready to go.

“During the entire month of May, we’re going to do a moving sale,” she says.

Before that, though, she’s going to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her store, which has retail and offers what King calls home tech textile fabrication, such as custom drapes, pillows and bedding.

King is throwing a party from noon to 5 p.m. on April 12 with music, food and drinks and vendor and artisan sales inside and outside of her store.

“We hope to do more of that kind of stuff over there,” she says of the new space.

The new Workroom will be more than 3,000 square feet. That compares to about 2,300 square feet for the existing space.

King says she’ll have an overhead door and more storage at the freestanding building.

She says the new space is “to our liking and functionality.”

Look for news of a grand opening in late July.