Daily Archives: April 20, 2010

Mediterraneo closes, Groves Retail Liquor prepares to use the space

WICHITA — Seven months after opening, Mediterraneo has closed.

“This location’s tough,” says Zak Tazkargy, who owned the business at Kellogg and Webb with Moe Hlayhel.

Italian Garden was in the space before that.

Tazkargy says construction in the area made it too hard to attract customers.

“We had people calling saying, ‘We can’t get into your building,’ ” he says.

Hlayhel is heading overseas for a job, but Tazkargy says he may have another restaurant by fall.

“If we find a good location, you know we may reopen.”

Ron Groves of Groves Retail Liquor, which is just down Kellogg from Mediterraneo, has purchased the restaurant’s fixtures.

He wants to use the 5,000-square-foot building for more storage and for an occasional wine tasting. Groves is working with the state to get approval to rent the space for tastings.

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You don’t say

“Jeff, I hope you don’t let it go to your head the way Jim did.”

Wichita City Council member Paul Gray congratulating new Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell with a laughing jab at his longtime council adversary, outgoing Vice Mayor Jim Skelton

“Countryman’s Kansas” to sign off in two weeks

WICHITA — “Countryman’s Kansas” started as a 13-week trial talk show in 1989 but grew into a 21-year regular Saturday feature on KNSS, 1330-AM.

That’s going to end in two weeks.

“I had hoped to make it to 25 years, but it didn’t work out,” says host Gene Countryman.

“It kind of came out of the blue.”

Entercom Wichita vice president and general manager Jackie Wise says she’s shuffling the Saturday morning lineup and moving “Health Insurance Advocate” from noon into the 10 a.m. spot.

She says it’s a “really hot topic right now.”

Wise offered Countryman the noon or 7 a.m. slot in exchange, but he’s not interested.

Countryman says he was offered the 7 a.m. slot 21 years ago.

“It was too early then . . . and it’s too early now.”

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Frou Frou to expand at the Shops at Tallgrass

geneWICHITA — At a time a lot of businesses are closing or downsizing, the 6-year-old Frou Frou at the Shops at Tallgrass is expanding.

“We just have this place so cram-packed with stuff,” owner Betsy Morrison says of the jewelry, handbags, shoes and gifts she sells.

“It’s too packed.”

Morrison has 2,686 square feet at the development, which is at 21st and Rock, and she’s adding 1,750 square feet more.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

“Betsy’s a great example of someone who upgraded her location and saw that pay off,” Reed says. “It speaks volumes that she’s now expanding.”

Morrison is expanding into the former Emily’s A Salon space.

Owner Emily Shonka downsized last year and moved her salon two buildings over at the same center.

Morrison is knocking out a wall between her store and the former salon space.

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