Boudoir by Wallflower and new portrait studio to move to Kress Building

WICHITA — May is a popular decision time for Aaron and Christina Patton.

In May 2008, they decided to open Wallflower Studios, the umbrella company for a couple of photography businesses they own.

Last May, the couple decided to expand to the former Roots & Bloom building at 151 S. Laura.

This May – this week, in fact – they signed a deal for new space on the fifth floor of the Kress Building at the northwest corner of Douglas and Broadway.

“Pretty much anytime we have an opportunity to make it better for our clients, we’re going to do that,” Aaron Patton says.

The main focus of the new space will be on Christina Patton’s Boudoir by Wallflower and her emerging Wallflower Women’s Portrait Studio.

Aaron Patton will use the space for his self-named photography business as well, though not in an official capacity.

“This new studio is really geared more toward her work,” he says.

Patton says what attracted him and his wife to the 3,200-square-foot Kress space is the ability to do a custom build for exactly what they need.

“In this one, we get to adapt the space to us, which is nice,” he says. “It’s going to be perfect and just exactly what we need.”

Delton Sandefer of Prudential Dinning-Beard Realtors and Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The Pattons’ current lease ends June 30. They’ll spend July moving and then reopen at the Kress on Aug. 1.

Aaron Patton says they won’t be going anywhere for a while after that.

“We do have a five-year lease on this space.”

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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