Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

Beadazzled finds a new home

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And now in the final bit of Old Town news for the day . . .

Beadazzled is moving from its space of two years next to Caffe Moderne across Old Town Square to the space between Uptown Bistro and Sabor.

“We’re working around the clock to get it done,” says Beadazzled owner Julie Freige, who recently made the decision to move and hopes to be open by Wednesday. “I believe that the location is much better than where I’m at.”

Freige likes the space for its visibility and thinks it will be easier for customers.

The retail portion of the shop will be slightly smaller than it is now, but the studio where there are bead-making classes is much larger.

Beadazzled’s new space is where Best Cleaners once was and Amanda Goner later planned Label Wine Boutique & Spirits.

“It’s a little scary right now to take my little nest egg and invest it,” Goner says. “It doesn’t mean I won’t open one in the near future.”

Goner is director of marketing and design for Melad Stephan’s Empire Restaurant Management, which includes Uptown Bistro and Sabor among other restaurants.

Stephan had planned to use the space behind Label Wine Boutique for overflow seating from Uptown Bistro and Sabor. But Freige wanted all of the space.

“I’m going to regret it later,” Stephan says, “but that’s OK.”

Ballroom comes to Old Town

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Old Town already had Rhythm, but now it has a ballroom named in its honor.

Josiah Ryan (shown here with his dog Prix) is opening Old Town Ballroom Friday in the former Rhythm Ballroom space at 630 E. Douglas just down from Old Mill Tasty Shop.

“I just thought it would be a good opportunity to take it over and start my own business,” says Ryan, who rented space from the previous owner.

He changed the name to encompass all kinds of dancing.

“We’ll be teaching pretty much anything you’ve seen on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ ” Ryan says.

That could be belly dancing, the Charleston or the Lindy Hop.

Ryan will give private lessons to groups and individuals seven days a week.

You don’t say

“Tip cows. . . . Watch tumbleweeds roll by. . . . Catch a connecting flight.”
— Some entrants’ responses on what there is to do in Wichita for Go Wichita’sSearch for Wichita Skeptics” contest, which was judged Wednesday (winners will be announced later)

Mosley Street Market set to open

There are already a lot of meet-and-greet spots in Old Town, so why not add a “swap-meet-style enterprise,” too.

That’s how Lonna Chappelle and Vikki Stone are describing their new Mosley Street Market, which opens May 8 at 312 N. Mosley next to the Courtyard by Marriott at Old Town.

“It is a flea market-type venue,” Chappelle says. “We’re going to have new merchandise, antiques, collectibles. We’re trying to get local artists and crafts people.”

The 15,000-square-foot building has room for about 50 vendors. So far, 15 have signed up for the 144-square-foot, $70 spaces.

“We know with the amount of Wichitans out of work right now, a lot of them have hobbies, a lot of them are very talented craft people,” Chappelle says. “We wanted to be able to offer them an affordable venue where they could display and sell their items.”

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Charlie Badeen eyes the west side

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Restaurateur and bar owner Charlie Badeen is looking for space on the west side for a new concept similar to his Mulligan’s Pub on the east side and O’Brien’s Irish Pub near Scotch & Sirloin.

“I think we’ll stay with the Irish theme,” Badeen says. “It seems to work.”

Badeen used to have a Mulligan’s, which is known for its pizza, on the west side at 1335 N. Tyler where Los Cocos Mexican Restaurant is today.

“It did really well,” he says.

Badeen closed only when someone — not anyone with Los Cocos — offered him twice what he had invested in the space.

Along with some of the fare he offers at Mulligan’s and O’Brien’s, Badeen says he’d like to add hamburgers, which he doesn’t offer at the other venues because he doesn’t have the right hoods for cooking them.

Badeen isn’t looking for a huge amount of space.

“Small bars work,” he says.

Why Wong’s closed

Curious readers have been wondering what happened to Wong’s at 7603 W. 21st.

After 10 years in business, owner Duong Nguyen decided business had gotten too slow. Her lease was up, so she decided to close.

The last day of business was March 29.

Nguyen says she’ll consider reopening one day when the economy is better.

Customers have already been asking her to reopen.

“Now is not the right time,” Nguyen says.