Monthly Archives: April 2010

Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

WICHITA — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

Developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize today announced a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at the Hampton Lakes development at 10750 Hampton Lakes.

The $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms, is scheduled to open in April.

It’s the first one to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

A second hotel, an 84-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, is still pending.

Maize administrator Richard LaMunyon says the deal is likely to happen down the road.

“That developer is optimistic that he will start on that a year from now.”

Cheap Trick is likely replacement for Bret Michaels at Wichita River Festival

WICHITA — The likely replacement for Bret Michaels as the May 7 Wichita River Festival headliner is a band that wants you to want them.

Cheap Trick has until 5 p.m. today to accept an offer from Wichita Festivals Inc.

“There’s no confirmation of that,” says Festivals CEO Janet Wright. “We have identified several groups that could potentially be ones that might work.”

Wright does confirm that there is a 5 p.m. deadline today for an act to accept a contract.

Michaels is unable to perform after being hospitalized Thursday night following a brain hemorrhage.

A source says Cheap Trick will cost more than Michaels.

There’s also a Plan C in the works, but it sounds like Cheap Trick is likely to work out.

You don’t say

“We’re trying to reverse the recession all by ourselves.”

Occidental Management’s Gary Oborny on how his company is trying to make some deals

Lee’s Bike Shop to open at Auburn Pointe Friday

WICHITA –In the final bit of Auburn Pointe news of the day, Lee Engler plans to open his Lee’s Bike Shop there (as Have You Heard? previously reported) on Friday.

The former landscape architect for WDM Architects plans a soft opening with a grand opening to follow May 22.

Martinizing Dry Cleaning to open at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA — Also at Occidental Management’s Auburn Pointe, where PostNet will be opening, Nancy and Mark Staal are opening their second Martinizing Dry Cleaning.

“We like the demographics,” Nancy Staal says of the area.

Their first store opened almost four years ago at Siena Plaza at 37th North and Rock.

The 1,000-square-foot Auburn Pointe store will open in mid-May.

Occidental chairman Gary Oborny handled the deal. Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Martinizing.

Nancy Staal says more locations are likely.

“We’ll do maybe up to four . . . locations total.”

PostNet to open second Wichita store

WICHITA — Wichita’s second PostNet is going to open in a few months at Auburn Pointe, an Occidental Management property at 135th West and Maple.

Jim and Liz Anderson opened the first PostNet, a FedEx Office competitor, at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich in late 2008.

The Andersons are helping Ron and Bonnie Fehr open the west-side PostNet.

“We’re helping to grow the area in Kansas,” Liz Anderson says. “We want them to be successful. It’s all part of the program.”

Even though the Andersons opened at a tough time, they’ve had success.

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Stockade Cos. seeks more franchisees with new incentive program

WICHITA — Tough economic times are creating an easier in for potential franchisees of Texas-based Stockade Cos., which has Sirloin Stockade, Coyote Canyon and Montana Mike’s Steakhouse.

“It’s not a secret that the economy has been rocked a little bit,” Stockade COO Terry Harstad says.

So Stockade slashed its franchise fee from $20,000 to $10,000. In the first year of operation, a franchisee would have to pay 1½ percent in royalties compared to 3 percent previously. After the first year, that would go back up to 3 percent.

“We thought it was perfect timing,” Harstad says.

Thanks to the new incentive program, he says, “We’re just getting lots of interest.”

It’s what has led to a franchisee’s plans to open a Montana Mike’s in Winfield, which will make Stockade’s 20th restaurant in Kansas when it opens in late May or early June.

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You don’t say

“This is a very dangerous time of the year for people to think we’re not here.”

Jody Lonergan of Maxine’s, a stationery and invitation shop at 5400 E. Central that is most definitely open (especially during this busy graduation and Mother’s Day season) but that some customers are confusing with nearby Winstons/RSVP, which is closing late next month

Two national shows give attention to three Kansas businesses

WICHITA — “American Pickers” came to Kansas recently, and now Bearly Makin’ It Antiques in Marion is going to be featured on an upcoming episode.

The History channel show features a couple of guys who travel the country buying antiques for the best prices they can bargain for.

Bearly Makin’ It owners Marion Ogden (yes, Marion from Marion) and Dennis Maggard have seven buildings full of antiques.

“We’ve been picking since 1993,” Ogden says, “we’re just not getting paid for the show.”

And they didn’t get paid much — only about $75 — by the pickers.

“They didn’t buy too much because we pretty well know what the price of things are,” Ogden says. On a scooter the pickers were interested in, Ogden says, “They knew that I was right on the money, so they didn’t bother . . . to go any further.”

Ogden didn’t mind not selling much to the pickers.

“Anytime you get publicity, well, you’re hoping for more traffic.”

Ogden says they also had an “absolutely great time.”

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Clifton Square has several new tenants

WICHITA — Clifton Square, which is at 3700 E. Douglas, has some new tenants and may be getting a few more soon.

Lisa Rose is opening Hair X-perteez in early May.

Rose formerly owned Hair Expert but sold it four years ago to stay home with her youngest daughter.

She’s still been cutting hair from her house, but now she’ll be back in business full time.

Rose likes that Clifton Square is in College Hill.

“It’s very quaint.”

Avance Medical Aesthetic Solutions has moved its west-side office to Clifton Square, where its sign now reads Med Spa.

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