Daily Archives: June 21, 2010

Kansas Right to Choose files motion to join lawsuit over statewide smoking ban

WICHITA — Kansas Right to Choose is now taking legal action in its fight against the statewide indoor smoking ban, which takes effect July 1.

The group of more than 50 business owners and others concerned about the ban formed a couple of months ago. It has hired Topeka lawyer R.E. “Tuck” Duncan in its fight.

Duncan has filed a motion for intervention on a lawsuit that the Downtown Bar and Grill in Tonganoxie has filed against the state of Kansas over the ban.

There’s a hearing in the suit June 29.

Duncan says he’s hoping for a temporary injunction on the ban “pending a full court hearing on whether there ought to be a permanent injunction.”

He plans to argue several theories, including equal protection.

The ban would allow casinos and drinking establishments operated by the state to still have smoking but not other gaming facilities, bingo parlors or drinking establishments.

“There’s no basis for that distinction,” Duncan says. “The obvious conclusion is the state doesn’t want to lose revenue from its own operation.”

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“It’s too early in the morning to be messing with me.”

Shawna Biggars’ response to her husband, KSN operations manager Jerome Biggars, when he threw open her shower curtain to say he just scratched off 20 $500 winners on a scratch lottery ticket for a total of $10,000

Carla Whaley to open Carla’s Love It at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Carla Whaley is back.

The former owner of Carla’s Wild at Heart is opening a new store at Bradley Fair.

Carla’s Love It will open in late summer.

The store will sell an eclectic mix of jewelry, gifts and apparel.

“I’ve been designing jewelry for the last three years going back to my hippie roots of the 1970s,” Whaley says.

She’s been traveling to a lot of art shows, too.

“I keep hearing over and over and over, ‘I miss . . . you and your store,’ ” she says.

At one point, Whaley had three stores. One was in Old Town, one at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn and one was at 21st and Tyler.

Her last store was at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. She sold the store three years ago.

“All my family owned their own businesses, and my dad always said, ‘Sell when you have a buyer,’ ” she says. “I’ve learned that philosophy over the years.”

She’s missed having her own store, though.

“I sure liked being my own boss.”

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

The new Carla’s will be between Nouveau and Yia Yia’s Eurobistro.