Category Archives: Design

Baseline Creative moves to Dockum Building

Dockum Drug Store (building #5), 3200 E. Douglas.WICHITA — Freshly baked bread.

Margaritas by the pool.

With perks like that, who needs a regular office?

Turns out Baseline Creative does.

“We’ve finally grown to a point that the home office was no longer large enough,” owner Nathan Williams says of his full-service design firm.

So he has moved it to the Dockum Building at Douglas and Hillside.

Williams started the business about a decade ago. He used to work for another company but then began designing fonts for movies and apparel companies on the side. He says that’s what allowed him to then start his own business, which he’s always run out of his east-side home.

“It was fine for about five or six people,” Williams says.

Eight tipped the scales for a traditional office, but Williams says now there are 10 employees, so a move is probably overdue.

“We grew all of a sudden,” he says of the past few years.

The firm designs apps and does interactive design and Internet and print work.

Williams says he likes the Dockum Building for its visibility, parking and overall aesthetic.

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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.

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Mayes Custom Kitchen & Bath to open in former Design Etc. space

WICHITA — Three years after branching into her own business, Wendy Mayes is now going to branch into her own place.

Mayes Custom Kitchen & Bath is moving from within Accent Interiors to the former Design Etc. space near the northwest corner of Central and Edgemoor.

“Probably the biggest thing will be exposure,” Mayes says of having her business name on the door. “It’ll be a lot easier to find me.”

Mayes says she’s been in the design business since 1995, and for a long time she worked for others.

After opening her business, Mayes says she did some remodeling work for Accent Interiors, which is how she came to have showroom space there.

Mayes says she’s part of a small group of kitchen and bath designers who are trained and certified and have interior design degrees. Some of them have recently retired, which is part of why she says she decided to get her own storefront.

“It’s just kind of good timing,” she says.

Though Mayes will take possession of the new space April 15, she won’t immediately have regular hours or a showroom. She plans to by the fall.

“Over the summer it really will … evolve.”

Creative Rhino to move from New York to Wichita

rhinoWICHITA — Ryan Gates is just the sort of young talent that Wichita civic leaders are always talking about trying to keep here.

Now, after being gone 15 years, the film and television producer is returning home.

He’s bringing Creative Rhino, a video and film production company that also offers online and new media viral marketing, with him.

“I never had the whole, ‘I’m never coming back!’ ” Gates says.

He did, though, have “that young, idyllic dream of New York City.”

Creative Rhino originally was based in San Francisco, then New York state.

For the last two years, Gates and his wife, Kathryn Van Steenhuyse, have taken their work on the road.

“We’re what you call digital nomads,” Gates says. “As long as we have an Internet connection, good cell phone reception and a major airport, we can operate from anywhere.”

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