TheraPlay Spot owner Kris Dickinson is now somewhat inadvertently running a second business, too.
She’s become a part-time landlord at her new 11,000-square-foot space at 560 N. Exposition, which is just off of McLean and west of Seneca.
“It’s so much bigger than what we need,” Dickinson says. “It will allow us to grow.”
She says her 3-year-old business outgrew its 1,800 square feet at 914 S. Hillside.
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TheraPlay Spot offers pediatric occupational therapy and physical therapy for children who have issues such as motor skill delays, muscle or hand-eye coordination problems or those who need help with sensory processing skills.
Dickinson says she’d like to find complementary businesses for the remaining space she’s not using, which she and her husband and business partner, David Dickinson, are calling Office Spots.
“We are needing to lease out over 20 offices,” she says. “We’re trying to develop a niche market of … just very friendly office space.”
Dickinson says she thinks it’s an exciting prospect. She already has two tenants who will be moving in in the new year.
Starting in January, Kara Peavey-McDonough will offer speech and language therapy in the space through her Every Child’s Voice.
In February, licensed clinical social worker Gail Bussart will begin practicing individual, family and play therapy in the building.
Dickinson says she also just showed the space to a massage therapist. She says she loves the idea of parents being able to get a little therapy through massage while their children are getting their own therapy.
Cancellation rates are especially high for children’s therapy, Dickinson says, so she says she wants to have other things to offer at the same time.
“I’m looking at all of the … out-of-the box ideas.”
Dickinson says the extra space also is going to allow her to offer more education for parents along with workshops and community outreach.
“There is immense potential to make a positive difference in the Wichita community.”