Social Manor to open in Old Town
09/25/2012 7:54 AM
09/25/2012 8:26 AM
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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