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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Roots & Bloom becomes a collective of sorts by inviting four other businesses to have a presence at the store

WICHITA — Chris Coburn is once again reconfiguring his business, this time with a little help from his friends.

Last year, 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.

Now, he’s expanding to showcase other businesses within his downtown shop at 151 S. Laura.

“This little collective is kind of a cool way of doing business, and I don’t think it’s practiced very much in our area,” Coburn says.

Initially, four businesses will have a presence at Roots & Bloom: ACI Design Studio, Overhead Door, Hong’s Landscape & Nursery and the OnionTree.

“I had some space that was kind of fallow as far as I was concerned,” Coburn says. “I thought that maybe they would have a nice home at my spot.”

Each business will have a sign out front, but Coburn says that “cumulatively, that will be the umbrella basically of Roots and Blooms.”

Previously, the OnionTree had its own space near Douglas and Hillside.

“I wasn’t ready to reopen yet,” owner Bridgit Yinger says. “He just gave me a really sweet deal.”

She’s still in the process of moving the local artwork she sells into the shop.

“It’s a cool, cool setup,” Yinger says.

She says her artists still will have an outlet, but “I don’t have to physically be here running it anymore.”

“It’s perfect for me.”

Yinger likes that Coburn has invited the other businesses as well.

“He’s got a lot of really good ideas.”

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