Carrie Rengers

Workroom owner tries five-hour retail concept

Workroom owner Janelle King, standing at the VW bus she uses to promote Wichita and Wichita-related merchandise, has a new idea to accomplish more in a workday.
Workroom owner Janelle King, standing at the VW bus she uses to promote Wichita and Wichita-related merchandise, has a new idea to accomplish more in a workday. The Wichtia Eagle

Who couldn’t use a few more hours in a day?

Janelle King thinks she’s found some.

The Workroom and JK Design owner is reducing the hours of her shop at First and Cleveland so she can focus more on her design work.

Instead of more traditional retail hours, the Workroom now will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

“As long as those doors are open, my attention is on that,” King says. “That’s my baby.”

When she was not there to man the shop, King says, “I felt like I was losing that personal touch.”

If she’s at the shop all day, though, King says, “then I’m just filling in holes and scrambling to get my design side done.”

King first heard the idea of a five-hour workday several years ago.

“This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.”

She says reduced hours will allow her to continue expanding her community activities, such as with the Douglas Design District, and the support of artists in the area.

“I’d love to see more people jump on board,” King says of the shortened-day concept.

“I figure if we can do it, if we can make this work … then a good majority of businesses could follow that model.”

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

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