Being a member of the team at The Workroom here for a little over a month now, I have been blown away by the caliber of the people, Wichita natives and beyond, who have come into our storefront who I've had the pleasure to meet. People of all sorts of ages, personality types and backgrounds from all around Wichita are walking into our store, and for me to be able to be on the receiving end is pretty darn cool.
Within the span of the first two weeks, I had encountered people ranging from the new superintendent of Wichita Public Schools, Dr. Alicia Johnson, to the man who is the voice actor for multiple children's cartoons (he's from Wichita but travels coast to coast for his work). Some of the shows he's been a part of include Sesame Street and the Muppets -- HOW COOL IS THAT.
I've also had the pleasure of meeting quite a few members of the artist community here, including many of those artists who attend our artisan markets as well as the artists whose work we sell on consignment in our shop. To me, it's kind of like meeting a little celebrity, because I come into work each day immersed in and surrounded by their beautiful work, so to finally actually be able to meet them in person and put a face to their name -- it is incredible!! (It's been quite a feat holding myself back from getting their autographs, in all honestly.)
So all in all, I've finally had the firsthand experience of something that I'd only heard about when growing up here in this city: Wichita, in all it's pride and tradition and culture and atmosphere, is perpetuated only because of the very wonderful people who live here, in all their caliber and wonder, Wichita's best.