Carrie Rengers

Bloomhaus to double in size at Clifton Square, other businesses to move

Bloomhaus is almost doubling its space at Clifton Square, which is causing a few other businesses to have to move as well.

That includes Fresh Roast Coffee Co. and Arthetta Long Accounting.

Two other businesses happen to belong to Clifton Square owner Jo Zakas. Her office for the center is in the building at 3700 E. Douglas and so is her property management company, Plaza Nine.

“I’ve been in Clifton Square for … 44 years,” Zakas says. “It was quite a traumatic event for me to say yes, I would leave, but I have no other space to put me.”

She’s moving to 5014 E. Central, next to her Artist Central space. Zakas says she doesn’t mind, though.

“It’s going to be even better. It’s a beautiful office.”

Also, she’s going to have a private office for herself.

“Do you know in all these years, I’ve never had my own private office? This will be my first office in my history of my career.”

Also, Zakas says she’s “very proud” of the growth Bloomhaus has had in its three years at Clifton Square.

“This is her third expansion since she’s been there,” Zakas says of Kathleen Baker, who owns Bloomhaus with her son, Cameron Stalnaker.

Bloomhaus currently has 2,000 square feet and is expanding to about double that size.

That will give the business more room for retail, which includes fresh flowers and plants, silk arrangements and what Baker calls “really unique decor,” such as vases and containers.

There also will be more room for the rentals Bloomhaus offers, such as specialty chairs and linens for weddings. About 75 percent of its business is in weddings and events.

Baker says the rental division continues to expand, and the new space will have a studio to help clients coordinate events.

The expansion should be complete before the holidays.

It’s not clear yet where the insurance company may be moving, and Fresh Roast Coffee owner Timothy Wiesner says he doesn’t know where he’ll be moving.

Although he doesn’t have to be out until the end of August, Wiesner says Saturday will be his last day in business at Clifton Square because he has a 1,500-pound coffee roaster to move.

“It’s a big inconvenience,” Wiesner says of moving. He says he likes being in Clifton Square.

“It’s a nice little space. I enjoy being in College Hill. (I) have a lot of good customers and made a lot of friends.”

Wiesner has only about 225 square feet, and he says he’d like to duplicate his space.

“It’s going to be hard to do.”

For the last couple of years, Fresh Roast Coffee has been open only on Saturdays. Wiesner says he roasts coffee on Friday and then sells the beans on Saturday. He also offers samples “so people can try it before they buy it.”

Wiesner says he’ll let us know when he finds new space. He wants to remain in business.

“I’ve always loved coffee,” he says. “It’s kind of an outlet for me.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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