Monthly Archives: August 2011

Real Development Corp. faces $28,000 judgment and lets corporate charter lapse

WICHITA — There’s a judgment in Sedgwick County District Court against Real Development Corp. for more than $28,000 the company owes Tax Adjustment Specialists.

As Have You Heard? reported earlier this year, Tax Adjustment Specialists helped Real Development save about $61,000 by appealing to the county to lower appraisals on a few of its downtown buildings.

“I have spoken to them, and we have a payment plan,” says Real Development’s Michael Elzufon.

“I wish to God that were true,” says Jim McIntyre, the lawyer for Tax Adjustment Specialists.

“We had a deal,” McIntyre says. “They didn’t keep their word — again.”

In the process of preparing the lawsuit, McIntyre discovered Elzufon and partner Dave Lundberg let their corporate charters for several entities — including Real Development — expire.

The Real Development charter in Minnesota, where Elzufon and Lundberg are based, has not lapsed.

McIntyre says Kansas charters cost between $25 and $2,000 to maintain depending on the amount of real estate someone has.

Elzufon says the filing lapses are news to him.

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“It should be ‘Sedgwick County . . . working you over.’ ”

— Derby resident Jim Hickman, playing off the county’s “working for you” tagline after a property appraisal he’s now appealing jumped from $235,000 to $283,100

X-Press Signs & Graphics to move and triple its space as the company significantly grows

WICHITA — X-Press Signs & Graphics is moving and more than tripling its space in what is proving to be a stellar year for the 5-year-old company.

“It’s just continued to . . . grow and grow,” says Gregg Wright, who runs the business with his wife, Sandy, and son, Joe.

“We’ve continued to grow through the bad economy, even.”

That could be understating the situation.

“Our business in the first quarter of this year was triple what it was last year,” Wright says. “We actually exceeded last year’s sales just in the first quarter of this year.”

Currently the store, which sells all types of signs and graphics, is in 3,200 square feet at 219 N. West St.

A new 10,800-square-foot store at 3845 W. Harry will open Tuesday. It also has two large bays big enough for semis in addition to the main building.

Kris Wessel of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group handled the deal.

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Massalogy to open in former Massage Junkie space on East Central

WICHITA — A new massage business is going in the former Massage Junkie space.

Donna Chickadonz is opening her second Massalogy — which means the study of massage — site at 9390 E. Central.

She’s also keeping her first location in a Via Christi Health building at 1035 N. Emporia, where she has 850 square feet.

“Over here, I do a lot of medical massages,” Chickadonz says.

“Business has been good.”

Her new space is 1,700 square feet.

“I am going to put a spa in there,” Chickadonz says.

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“Wichita made equals Wichita paid.”

– A sign outside the Onion Tree boutique near Douglas and Hillside

Midwest Hearing Aids expands with eight new Balance Centers

WICHITA — After taking Midwest Hearing Aids from one office to 37 since 1977, president Terry Brewster has further expanded by opening eight Balance Centers.

The latest of the centers is being installed today in Dodge City.

“It’s been an unbelievable response,” Brewster says. “It’s unique testing that we’re doing.”

The centers test patients for balance disorders and dizziness.

“They’re going to take off,” says Mike Keller, chief operating officer for the Newton Medical Center.

The Newton Medical Center is leasing space for one of the new Balance Centers.

“When you look at the aging population, one of the more difficult diagnoses is dizziness,” Keller says. “It’s a complex issue. That’s because a person’s dizziness could be the result of so many different things.”

It could be visual, neurological, a muscular skeletal issue or an inner ear issue, he says.

“As more research and advances come, hopefully the balance centers can be helping in guiding a physician,” Keller says. “From the centers, (patients) go from there to one of the specialties.”

The first center opened within a Midwest Hearing Aids office in Chanute late last year.

“It takes kind of a leap of faith to do this,” Brewster says of the investment in the offices. “So we finally opened one up.”

He says he knows the centers are meeting a need, though.

“It’s servicing a population that really needs servicing.”

Brewster says a lot of patients in areas such as Chanute used to have to drive to Joplin or Wichita for testing but now can be tested and treated in the same place.

“That’s a quality of life issue.”

The centers also are in Midwest Hearing Aids offices in Andover, Dodge City, Great Bend, Liberal, Newton, Salina and Winfield.

Brewster isn’t sure how quickly he might expand the centers.

“We’ll see how this goes.”

Robert Eyster hits the trifecta with his acquisition of 100 S. Market

WICHITA — Developer Robert Eyster has purchased another downtown building.

Michael Ramsey, who is working with Eyster on several downtown projects, says Eyster has acquired the more than 20,000-square-foot, two-story building at 100 S. Market.

“It’s not a very exciting building — yet,” Ramsey says.

This follows Eyster’s purchase of the Board of Trade building at 120 S. Market earlier this summer along with Kelly Donham’s former property on Douglas Avenue between Main and Market streets that became known for a giant hole in the ground.

They’re also renovating and repurposing the Zelman building and the Victoria Park Apartments downtown.

Ramsey says the building at 100 S. Market is “an integral part of the trifecta of the old Donham property and the Board of Trade.”

“Now that we’ve secured all three of the key players in the plan, we can go forth with what the next step is.”

Except they’re not revealing that next step yet.

Ramsey says he’ll share news in a month or so.

Leisa Lowry with J.P. Weigand & Sons and Marlin Penner with NAI John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal for 100 S. Market.

“It holds enormous promise,” Ramsey says.

Domino’s and Bella Vita Bistro expand, Fazoli’s remodels and enhances service

WICHITA — Wichita is serving up quite a bit of restaurant news this week in addition to the Timberline and Jose Pepper’s news:

Domino’s Pizza franchisees Mike and Stacia McKnight are preparing to open their third Wichita restaurant.

They already have Domino’s sites near 21st and Maize Road and Harry and Rock Road.

Their next one is opening in the former Quiznos space near 21st and Amidon in October.

Mike McKnight says it gives the chain coverage on the north side and a bit into downtown.

He and his wife, who have three Domino’s sites in Topeka and six in Kansas City, plan three or four more Domino’s restaurants here within the next year or two.

Bella Vita Bistro is expanding at 120 N. West St. where it opened in early 2010.

“We have to,” says Lory Wooley. “We have too many customers.”

Wooley runs the restaurant with her daughter and son-in-law, Crystal and Adrian Prud Homme DeLodder.

They’re doubling their restaurant size for a total of 2,400 square feet and adding a bar. They’ll also now have space for private parties when renovation is complete in December.

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“I’m going to stay home and do . . . anything I want to do.”

— The 94-year-old “Miss Claudette” Williams, who is retiring from the Augusta McDonald’s after working 20 years for the fast-food chain

Original Timberline Steakhouse & Grill closes after 14 years in business

UPDATED — It was just a matter of time.

Eight months after the east-side Timberline Steakhouse & Grill closed, so has its sister restaurant on the west side.

“It was a very difficult decision that we needed to make,” says Scott Redler, who owned the chain with Bill Simon.

“We’re looking at this as a celebration of 14 great years of business for Timberline . . . and appreciate everyone involved.”

The Timberline near 21st and Tyler was Redler and Simon’s first in the chain, which had seven restaurants in six cities over the years.

There’s one Timberline left.

Salina licensee JRI Investments owns that restaurant and has purchased the concept with plans to open more Timberlines.

“You know, we had an opportunity to sell, and it just seemed to make sense,” Redler says.

He and Simon plan to continue to focus on Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, which they run with Simon’s brother, Randy, who also is a Panera Bread franchisee.

Redler says Freddy’s average ticket of about $6.50 makes a lot more sense than Timberline’s $17 average.

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