Monthly Archives: August 2009

YB Meats at Normandie Center is closed

WICHITA — After about two years in business, YB Meats in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn has closed.

The store’s last day in business apparently was Saturday.

Owner Eric Kauffman couldn’t be reached for comment.

When he opened the store in 2007, Kauffman said, “The biggest drive (to do it) is the number of people who come over to the west store and say they wished we were on the east side.”

For 21 years, there was a lone YB Meats at 798 N. West St.

That location is still open.

SMS Media Partners debuts two new online radio stations this week

WICHITA — And then there were three. And four.

SMS Media Partners started its third online broadcast property Monday and will launch its fourth Thursday.

KWTW, or, is a new young country format that debuted at 10 a.m. Monday.

“It’s a really hot country,” says chief operating officer Steve Mills. “It’s something that you’re not going to find on the dial.”

On Thursday, SMS will debut a hybrid classic rock and adult album alternative station.

KRZZ, which is, will be similar to what KRZZ, 96.3-FM, used to be.

“People always used to say the Internet and online stuff is the future,” Mills says.

“The future is now. It’s no longer tomorrow.”

Anytime Fitness to open in Park City

WICHITA — Rod and Becky Watson are opening their second Anytime Fitness in the greater Wichita area, this time in Park City.

“There appears to be a growing area that could use us,” Rod Watson says.

The new site will open at 1615 E. 61st Street in October.

The Watsons already have a location at 1812 S. Seneca, which they opened last year.

Their landlord there had space in Park City, too.

“And we started looking at the growth of Park City,” Rod Watson says.

The Anytime Fitness franchise is growing in the Wichita area, too. There are three in Wichita, one in Newton and one in Augusta.

The Watsons’ new site will be about 3,500 square feet, which is an average size for the national chain.

Their South Seneca store is larger, with 4,700 square feet.

Watson says in addition to offering cardio workouts and strength training, Anytime Fitness allows its members 24-hour access to its facilities.

“That’s a huge feature of it.”

You don’t say

“I saw Elvis in a bathroom in Wichita.”

Steve Chiotakis, morning report host on the national Marketplace radio show, who on Friday made fun of Facebook profile updates like this one

Craig Tatro hearing postponed

WICHITA — The hearing that was scheduled today for misdemeanor charges against Craig Tatro has been rescheduled for Oct. 1.

Tatro, a former partner in CA’s Men’s Fine Grooming, is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a financial card and two counts of temporary deprivation of property.

The charges stem from the alleged use of a customer’s credit card at a nearby store.

Look for more on the story Oct. 1.

Mexicanal debuts on KCTU, Channel 43.2 today

WICHITA — KCTU, Channel 43, is having a bit of program shuffling due to the addition of a new Hispanic network.

Mexicanal debuts at 5 p.m. today.

“It’s all local programming from all over Mexico,” says KCTU’s R.J. Dickens.

The network will be on Channel 43.2.

Sports programming that had been on that channel is moving to 43.3. Movies will stay at 43.4.

“It’s a great concept,” Dickens says of Mexicanal. “We’re the ninth market in the country to get it.”

Dickens says more than 65 percent of the Hispanic community in Wichita comes from Mexico, so Mexicanal is ideal for showcasing programs that former residents remember.

“It gives them a chance to show their children and their grandchildren what home is like.”

Nelson Designs to open at Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — Sharon Nelson’s new next-door neighbor will be an old friend, but that’s not what’s prompting her to move to the Shops at Tallgrass.

Nelson owns Nelson Designs, which will move next to where World Import Gallery is locating at the center at 21st and Rock.

Philip Holmes is renaming his Gallery the Rug Studio and moving in September.

Nelson is moving into 1,400 square feet in early October — she just signed a lease Thursday.

“Which is just so ironic because neither one of us knew,” Nelson says of herself and Holmes. “Isn’t that amazing?”

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You don’t say

“I am now 84, and while this business may have caused my golf game to suffer, I believe my time with Freddy’s has added years to my life.”

Freddy Simon of Freddy’s Frozen Custard on starting the business when he was 77

Eaton Steakhouse apparently survives

WICHITA — The Eaton Steakhouse hung banners Thursday proclaiming, “We survived. Still open.”

Owners Steve and Stephanie Compton didn’t return calls for comment, but it looks like they’ve pretty much gotten current on the more than $50,000 they owed Eaton Place for rent.

Also, they hung another banner that says E-ma Sweets will be opening soon.

E-ma is a gourmet bakery with custom cakes, pies, cookies and tarts.

There previously was a bakery at the Eaton Steakhouse. There’s no indication on how this one is different.

Industrial Uniform and Logo Depot to move

WICHITA — Industrial Uniform and Logo Depot are moving for the first time since 1965.

“I’m sure we’ve paid for the building about eight times, but it’s part of doing business,” says Jeff Johnson, who bought the business (it’s all one company) last fall with partner Brian Burrus.

The company manufactures and distributes workers’ garments and sells embroidered and screen-printed apparel and promotional products.

It’s been in 38,000 square feet at 906 E. Waterman.

As of Sept. 28, it will be leasing new space a half mile away at 902 E. Indianapolis in a building with not quite 20,000 square feet.

“We didn’t buy one, darn it, because I sure tried,” Johnson says.

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