WICHITA — After 125 years in the greater downtown area, Lawrence Photo is leaving.
“When you leave the core area of the city that you’ve been in for 125 years … it’s a tough decision to make,” says owner Paul Hudson.
He’s moving the store from 401 E. Douglas to Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.
“I thought it was just the sweetest intersection of the city,” Hudson says.
“And then I’m going to round it out with Whole Foods on the healthy side,” Hudson says.
“I don’t have to drive to go to the grocery store ever again,” Hudson says.
“I like the neighborhood, and it still has a neighborhood feel. The demographics are right there.”
The business started in 1877 as Lawrence Drug Store and was located downtown where the Intrust Bank parking garage is now. Hudson says in 1888 owner Charles Lawrence signed the first Kodak dealership west of the Mississippi with George Eastman of Eastman Kodak.
In more recent years, Hudson has expanded his business to include custom framing along with printing.
“It’s a major portion of business,” he says. “We’re certainly wanting to expand that framing and printing.”
At the new space, which is in the 3,000 square feet where Pathfinder Birkenstock used to be, Hudson will begin having photography classes. He says he’s been getting a lot of requests for them.