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.

For now, at least, she won’t sell shoes or handbags.

Mann likes Bradley Fair on Rock Road for a number of reasons.

“I just think that they have very good foot traffic, and they do a very good job of promoting the retail center,” she says.

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Bradley Fair, a Laham Development property.

Joey Ritchie, also of Weigand, represented Lbd.

As a shopper, Mann says she likes Bradley Fair, so the choice made sense for her.

“It’s just a lovely place,” she says. Shopping there, Mann says, “You could almost feel like you’re not in Wichita anymore.”