Daily Archives: May 26, 2010

Picture Framing & More to close in Old Town Square

WICHITA — Brett Osburn is closing his Picture Framing & More in Old Town Square after almost six years in business, but he’s not blaming the economy.

“The economy is definitely not helping out,” he says.

The bigger problem, Osburn says, is Old Town.

His business has “never been what I hoped for.”

The store’s average ticket is good, Osburn says, but he doesn’t see enough customers.

“That’s been the No. 1 problem since Day 1,” he says.

“I don’t get the sense that people out east (or) out west are coming down.”

Even though Old Town boasts a number of unique businesses, Osburn says, he’s not sure most Wichitans even know they’re there.

“I don’t think a lot of Wichitans are using the area or even know what’s down here,” he says.

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Lbd, etc., which will sell little black dresses and more, to open at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Looking for the perfect little black dress?

Barb Mann is so sure she’ll have it, she’s naming her new Bradley Fair store the Lbd, etc.

“I just thought, you know, in today’s world with all the texting and everything, Lbd was kind of a cute little term for ‘little black dress,’ ” Mann says.

She plans to open her new store in 1,400 square feet between Bella Luna Cafe and the Frame Shop by late summer.

Mann is a former computer programmer.

“I’ve always been interested in fashion,” she says.

Though the economy may not be the best just now, Mann says, “It’s good timing for me personally.”

Also, she says, “I feel strongly that the economy will recover. It will rebound.”

Mann will sell what she calls “upscale casual” clothing, including dresses, designer jeans and accessories such as jewelry and belts.

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You don’t say

“The first time somebody came in and was looking around for bargains.”

M.B. Ash of Ash-craft engraving on East Central on when she realized people thought she was going out of business (when really it’s Winstons/RSVP next door)

Sea Dreams is closed and seized by the state

WICHITA — In November, Sea Dreams owner Lynne Penny told Have You Heard? she was going to try to keep her store open despite being more than $76,000 behind in state taxes.

“I’ve been trying to work it out with them for about two years now,” she said at the time.

It didn’t work.

The state seized Penny’s assets and this week closed the 10,000-square-foot store, which sells fish, aquariums and related products.

Sea Dreams has been on East Harry in front of Office This for four of its 10 years in business.

The state says Penny owes more than $500,000 in back taxes.

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Fizz Burgers & Bottles to open in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza

WICHITA — A planned bistro in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza isn’t going to happen, but a high-end hamburger restaurant will instead.

Scott Bergeson is opening Fizz Burgers & Bottles — at least that’s the working name — in early September at the development at 37th and Rock Road.

Siena is a Caro Development property.

Amici closed following a fire in June 2008.

“We’re starting from scratch,” Bergeson says. “It’s pretty much like a brand-new building.”

Bergeson is opening the restaurant with backing from his father, David Bergeson, a former investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who now is a consultant.

Scott Bergeson has been in the restaurant business in Wichita for two decades.

The restaurant will seat 60 inside and another 40 to 50 people on a patio.

“We want to do something simple — simple but really good,” Scott Bergeson says.

Fresh food is particularly important to him.

“We’re not even going to have a freezer in the place,” he says.

Along with burgers, Bergeson says he’ll have salads and sandwiches, all of which he hopes to add a creative twist to, though not too far out.

“Not scary, but still high end.”