Boudoir by Wallflower and new portrait studio to move to Kress Building
05/22/2014 5:00 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
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."
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