Call it the downtown shuffle.
As the Greater Wichita Partnership prepares to move to almost 3,000 square feet where Intake Studios has been at Eaton Place, the video production and animation studio is preparing to open at 920 E. Douglas where Social Manor most recently was.
Social Manor is still in business but only online.
“It all kind of timed out perfectly,” Intake managing partner Todd Schwartz says of GWP wanting its space.
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Intake, which has been in a couple of different Eaton Place spaces in its more than 11 years in business, was looking at reconfiguring its space at 501 E. Douglas or possibly moving.
“We’d been talking about how to best utilize this space that we’re in,” Schwartz says.
Since opening offices in Dallas and Kansas City, Intake needs less space for its four employees who are still here.
Schwartz says he and other Intake staffers love Eaton Place and tried to find another office there, but everything was either too large or too small.
“We looked at remodeling,” he says.
“Next thing we know, our neighbors were interested in our space,” Schwartz says of Wichita Downtown Development Corp.
Jeff Fluhr is leading GWP and is president of WDDC.
The new Intake space is 2,200 square feet.
Schwartz calls it a “really cool space” with a lot of exposed brick and wood beams that give it both a natural and industrial feel.
Heath Balderston, also an Intake managing partner, says he especially likes that the space used to be an alley between a couple of buildings and then was created when the two buildings joined. He says it’s led to a unique look.
There will be a screening area to show clients Intake’s work, and Schwartz says instead of having separate offices, “We’re going to be bringing everyone into the same area.”
There’s some trepidation about everyone being in the same space, but the potential ease of communications prevailed.
“The space offered us an opportunity to work closer together,” Balderston says.
The Intake sign won’t be up at the new place just yet as there may be some rebranding, though the name isn’t changing.
The new space isn’t officially Intake’s until Wednesday, but the firm has already started moving in.
“When we moved stuff in over the weekend, one of the guys mentioned that it just already felt more homelike than the other place,” Schwartz says. “So we’re happy to be here.”
Balderston says there’s a lot of activity in the area.
“We’re not too far away from where we were, but we’re still right in the heart of the city,” he says. “We love that.”