A day before her company’s sixth anniversary, Ashley Moore is moving into the first space she can call all her own.
Events and Design by Ashley has been sharing space with Xclusive Event Services at 420 S. Commerce, but on July 3, it will open in new Old Town space at 924 E. Douglas where Handpicked Los Angeles just left.
That store is moving to new downtown space that owner Lauren Mercado will announce later this summer.
Moore is moving her business for one big reason: stairs.
The Commerce Street site has too many of them.
“It’s tedious walking up and down those suckers with boxes of decor,” Moore says.
A big part of her party-planning business is renting items for centerpieces and backdrops at weddings and corporate events, and she plans to expand that at her new space.
“That’s one way we’re trying to grow our business,” Moore says.
The easy access of the new Douglas address “is just a more conducive area for us to do that.”
Her rentals do not includes tables, chairs or linens.
In addition to planning events, Moore helps manage Venue One/11 at 111 S. Ellis and Studio 420 at 420 S. Commerce.
At her new space, Moore will have a small area with seating for up to 40 for events.
She says her “hope is we can rent it out for small corporate events.”
Moore wants to use the space as a community meeting area for smaller businesses and vendors without offices to meet.
“It’s in the heart of Wichita,” she says. “We feel it’ll be a great location for most people.”
Jake Ramstack of Insite Real Estate Group handled the deal.
Next up, Moore has her own party to plan.
Though she opens in her new space next month, Moore will have a grand reopening in August.