Daily Archives: April 29, 2010

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“Are they telling us that the river is poison?”

— Wichita resident Rex Rivers on how he’s noticed a Wichita River Festival billboard with a skull and crossbones on it (there’s a pirate theme for this year’s festival)

Clutter Cutter will remain in business despite owner’s personal bankruptcy

WICHITA — Clutter Cutter owner Pam McCutcheon has filed for personal bankruptcy with her husband, Todd, but it’s not going to affect her business helping others get organized.

Her husband also owns his own business, Wichita Appliance Service, which also remains open.

“It was fabulous when the economy was fabulous,” Pam McCutcheon says of owning their own businesses.

She says a small business is hard to have in a down economy, especially one like hers.

“One person’s luxury is another person’s income,” McCutcheon says. “If you’re choosing between paying the electric bill and paying to get organized, you’re going to pay the electric bill.”

She says she’s made those kinds of choices too, such as giving up getting her nails done.

“It’s just a trickle effect,” she says of the impact on the economy.

At one point, McCutcheon had 12 employees. She says she whittled away at that number as the economy soured. Now, it’s just her.

Her focus is on personal organization only. McCutcheon doesn’t work with businesses and doesn’t think she’ll expand to that area.

“Not really. I feel like we have a calling pretty much in residential.”

She’s hopeful that will turn around.

“I do feel like things are starting to pick up now.”

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“The first cooperative education program was started in 1906 at the University of Cincinnati. I wasn’t involved yet.”

Connie Dietz, director of Wichita State University’s Cooperative Education and Work-Based Learning program, which celebrated its 30th birthday Friday

Collective Merchants Association sues salon owner and developer Sami Halaseh

WICHITA — Salon owner and developer Sami Halaseh is in a dispute with Collective developer and Johnston’s owner J.V. Johnston.

The Collective Merchants Association has filed a lawsuit against Halaseh’s Jordan’s Place LLC.

Halaseh bought ground at the Collective, which is at East 21st Street and K-96, where he then brought Soho Salon and Mini Dental Implant Centers of America. He’s also negotiating to bring a 4,000-square-foot medical spa there.

The lawsuit is over maintenance fees for things like mowing, snow removal and the operation of fountains on the property. The merchants association is suing for $11,400 in nonpayment of those services, plus interest and attorney’s fees.

“I’m doing my own maintenance,” Halaseh says. “I’m just basically separating myself from the Collective area. That’s the dispute.”

Halaseh says he never signed anything agreeing to maintenance.

“Yeah, he signed it,” Johnston says.

“When you buy the land, you sign it just like a homeowner’s situation,” Johnston says.

“He just doesn’t want to pay. He said, ‘I’m going to take care of it myself,’ and I said, ‘No, you can’t.’ ”

Halaseh doesn’t think Johnston and the association have a case.

“I said, ‘If you want to do it that way, fine, we’ll take it to court,’ ” he says.

Johnston says the association continues to take care of all of the Collective property, including Halaseh’s.

“He’s a nice guy,” Johnston says, “but I wish he’d pay.”