Daily Archives: May 14, 2010

Uruku and Julie Balay part ways

WICHITA — More than 19 years after opening a salon near Central and Rock — and one year after partnering with UrukuJulie Balay is leaving.

“I’m going to give up my space,” she says of her salon, which is just north of the Shadow.

Balay is going to join Capelli Salon at Carriage Parkway.

In early 2009, Balay and Uruku owner Tracy Sprague partnered to form Uruku at Julie Balay Salon & Day Spa.

“With the economy and everything, it just made sense for us to join forces,” Balay says. “We were both just feeling a lot of stress, and it made a lot of sense for Tracy to move over here.”

It didn’t work out.

“We’re just very different in the way we operate a business,” Balay says.

“We had different visions for the direction of the salon,” Sprague says.

She’s changing the name to Uruku Hair Lounge.

Balay opens in her new space Tuesday.

“I’m going to be taking care of all my clients over there and looking forward to not having to operate a small business anymore.”

Seasonal Decorating expands selling space

WICHITA — Seasonal Decorating has added a new sales room in what used to be a locker room.

The shop is in the former Fire Station No. 7 at 2828 W. 13th St.

At one point, owner Brian Allender took the lockers out, but he’s put them back and is using them partly for storage and partly to hang art on.

He plans to get on the Final Friday circuit and have art shows there in the fall.

“The feel to it is kind of like an art studio.”

Allender thinks the firefighters who used to work in the building would approve.

“It’s just neat how we’ve incorporated our product into the space,” he says. “A lot of people would come in and tear everything out and start over.”

You don’t say

“Rain predicted for last day of Festival. This is getting ridiculous. I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to jump out & tell me I just got punkd.”

— A Friday tweet from Wichita Festivals communications manager Allyson Clark (@allysonclark)

Toys “R” Us to add Babies “R” Us to its east-side space

WICHITA — The Toys “R” Us store at 8011 E. Kellogg is going to be remodeled to be a combination Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us store.

“Combining the two stores under one roof has been part of our business strategy for the past four years,” said spokeswoman Katelyn DeRogatis in an e-mailed statement.

The company has 70 of the side-by-side stores nationally and 25 “R” Superstores, which are full-size Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in one location.

The concept of combining the toy and baby businesses in one place is similar to Children’s Bargain Town, which was Toys “R” Us’ predecessor.

“This store format provides an exceptional shopping convenience for time-strapped parents, who are shopping for children of various ages,” DeRogatis said.

There are no changes planned for the Babies “R” Us store in west Wichita, which was converted from a Toys “R” Us a few years back.

The east-side changes should be complete by late summer. Toys “R” Us will remain open during the remodeling.