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The Workroom to open in the Domestic Design Building to offer custom creations

04/12/2013 11:15 AM

04/12/2013 11:45 AM

WICHITA — Designer Janelle King is expanding beyond her JK Design with a new sister business called the Workroom.

The Workroom, which will be at 1425 E. Douglas in what formerly was known as the Domestic Laundry building, will offer what King calls home tech textile fabrication, such as custom drapes, pillows and bedding.

"It's kind of a lost art," King says of sewing.

Through her design business, King says she saw a growing need for the Workroom, especially since she says a lot of seamstresses in the area are retiring.

The store won't carry fabric on site.

"The workroom's going to be the main thing."

King will have a small retail space for accents and accessories, though.

"It's going to be complementary things."

That includes window hardware, pillow and duvet inserts and some basic bedding to layer with custom bedding created by the Workroom.

There also will be some miscellaneous home decor items that will be unique to her shop. The store will sell Mythic Paint as well.

Tim Blacker, who formerly worked for a costume designer on Broadway, will oversee the Workroom and be the primary one who sews.

"He's ... a total gem," King says.

The business will be open to retail customers, but King says, "Our biggest target is going to be designers."

The Workroom will have a soft opening next week.

It'll be in 2,200 square feet at the newly named Domestic Design Building, which King says is filling up with creative businesses.

"So it's a perfect fit."

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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