Laurie Anne’s House of Flowers to open in Delano in late August

WICHITA — A new flower shop is coming to Delano.

Laurie Johnson is opening Laurie Anne’s House of Flowers in about 3,000 square feet at 1812 W. Douglas.

“It’s a beautiful building inside,” she says.

Johnson says it’s as if whoever designed the building did it with her in mind.

“I like just the choices they made.”

There’s a good-size workroom in addition to a retail area.

Carl Hebert with InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Johnson already is selling flowers online. Her store will open Aug. 31 and will carry fresh and silk flowers, wreaths and small gifts.

“I have all kinds of little things,” she says.

Johnson has previous experience as a wedding planner and hopes to offer those services in addition to flowers for weddings.

“I’ll take it as far as I can go with it, really.”

Wichita Habitat for Humanity moving to Inter-Faith Ministries building

WICHITA — Wichita Habitat for Humanity is getting a new habitat of its own.

The nonprofit is moving into the building that Inter-Faith Ministries owns at 829 N. Market.

“We’ll be in business there on July 1,” says Habitat executive director Ann Fox.

“We’ll have our own entrance,” she says.

Habitat’s address will be 130 E. Murdock since its entrance is on that street.

“That’s important to us that we have our own identity in that building,” Fox says.

She also likes that it’s close to residential areas.

“So it’s more comfortable and accessible for families that we serve.”

Currently, Habitat is at 420 E. English just east of Intrust Bank Arena. Habitat’s lease is up.

Fox says that building has been great, but she says, “As a conscientious not-for-profit, you always look for what is out there.”

The Inter-Faith lease is at a good price, Fox says.

“That becomes a nice benefit for us,” she says. “This is a very economic decision for us.”

At the new space, Habitat will have 2,200 square feet for its offices and another 2,200 square feet of common area that it will share with other tenants.

Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

“He is just incredible,” Fox says. She says Hebert “made our decision making easy.”

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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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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.

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InSite Real Estate Group leads partership that buys Jim’s Builders Hardware building

WICHITA — A partnership led by Delano inhabitant InSite Real Estate Group has purchased the former Jim’s Builders Hardware building at 567 W. Douglas.

That’s just around the clock tower from where the company’s office is at 608 W.  Douglas.

Jim’s closed about a month ago after more than three decades in business.

“Obviously, we were disappointed to see such a … longstanding business in Delano close their doors,” says InSite broker Carl Hebert.

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AMP CrossFit Box to move to South Rock Road area next week

WICHITA — AMP CrossFit Box has been in the former YMCA near Douglas and Rock Road where a church is now locating, but AMP co-owner Noah Morford doesn’t mind having to move.

“We actually found a bigger and better facility,” he says.

On Monday, AMP will open at 8021 E. Marion, which is a couple of miles south of Kellogg off Rock Road in a warehouse area.

“It’s a easier access off Rock,” Morford says.

He also likes that it’s not far from McConnell Air Force Base and is convenient to Derby, Rose Hill, Mulvane and Wichita.

Carl Hebert with InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal for the more than 5,000 square feet.

AMP offers an array of personal training, boot camp-type classes and CrossFit exercises for all ages along with sports-specific training.

Morford describes CrossFit as a well-rounded exercise that helps with endurance, strength and flexibility.

“Basically it’s not trying to make somebody good at one single thing,” he says. “The biggest thing is we scale (exercises) to fit the needs of the client.”

Social Manor to open in Old Town

WICHITA — A new shop is coming to Old Town in time for Christmas.

Erin Kice and Lauren Johnson are opening Social Manor in the former Gingeroot Studios space at 920 E. Douglas, which is next to I Do Bridal & Tux.

The store will have furniture, accessories and gifts along with design services.

Johnson and Kice say they hope to inspire people.

“We kind of really feed off each other,” Johnson says.

She says Kice will handle the business side, and she’ll focus on marketing and design.

Johnson had been working in the marketing department for Intrust Bank when she decided to return to school to get an interior design degree. She’s also been doing staging for real estate.

Erin Kice has worked at Alltite for six years in various capacities, including accounting, human resources and office management. She says she “learned a lot about how a small business operates.”

“That has always been my dream, to have a shop of my own,” she says.

Kice says she knew out of college she didn’t have the experience she needed to open her own business.

“My time at Alltite has been great for that.”

“Erin has a passion for entertaining and throws the most wonderful events in her home,” Johnson says.

Johnson says she also likes entertaining but with more of a focus on interior design.

Kice says they’ll offer in-store instructional events.

“Kind of a decorating 101 type thing,” she says. “That’s kind of part of our creating a fun and entertaining atmosphere.”

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Two new tenants to move into the Warren Travel building on East Central

WICHITA — As Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers prepares to move its corporate office into the building at 260 N. Rock Road, some current tenants there have to prepare to move out.

Several — but not all — of the professionals in the building are moving nearby to either 250 or 240 N. Rock Road.

Robin Siefkin and James Miller’s ACM Removal is moving a bit farther.

The company, which removes asbestos and mold, is moving to the Warren Travel building at 5900 E. Central.

Siefkin says there’s good and bad with the move.

“Well, it’s very stressful (to) try to keep everything rolling,” he says of working and moving.

However, it may help his waistline.

“Like my wife says, I ate too many Freddy’s steakburgers.”

Siefkin says the new site makes sense in part because of the number of trucks his company has, which is an issue on Rock Road.

“It’s kind of hectic.”

Siefkin also likes his landlords at Warren Travel, which is still in the building.

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Starting Block owner to start sister store, TSB Imprint

WICHITA — Starting Block owner Tammy Riffel is opening a new store close to her existing one near 13th and Maize Road.

“It’s going to be an extension of the Starting Block,” Riffel says of TSB Imprint.

The Starting Block sells swimwear, but Riffel has always outsourced orders for embroidery, logos, screen prints and T-shirts for school and club teams. Now, she’s going to do them herself.

“It’s obviously cheaper instead of having a middle man.”

The Starting Block is at 1444 N. Maize Road just north of the intersection.

TSB Imprint is in a separate strip center that faces 13th Street. It’s next to Howard’s Optical Dispensary.

Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group and Janet Foster of J.P.Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Riffel hopes to be open by July 1.

“Which is next week, isn’t it?” she says, noting that the summer is flying by.

“Oh, my gosh.”