Daily Archives: Feb. 8, 2012

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“Maybe we can have a hot dog-eating contest.”

– Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton, joking about possible events this year at Intrust Bank Arena

A Box 4 U expands into finishing work for its blast-resistant modules

WICHITA — Wichita-based A Box 4 U is expanding its blast-resistant module business.

Since the mid-1990s, Jeff Lange’s company has sold and leased blast-resistant modules for petroleum refineries and chemical plants.

“We create a safe haven for employees,” says John Potts, who is in sales for the company.

The modules could be an office, a factory or even a restroom.

Now, instead of solely using a third-party fabricator to make the boxes, the company is going to begin doing its own finishing work to help with the process.

“We’re just assisting . . . because we’ve got so much work going,” Potts says.

In addition to the company’s office at 4340 S. West St., A Box 4 U is also now leasing a 20,000-square-foot warehouse at 4225 W. Bounous to do the finishing work.

Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Potts says it will still rely on another company to do most of the work, but he says it made sense for A Box 4 U to take on some of the work itself.

“We’re growing pretty quickly here.”

McCracken Guitars to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Former E.M. Shorts Guitars luthier Andrew McCracken is now opening his own store, McCracken Guitars, at Eaton Place.

McCracken’s shop will be on the west side of Eaton Place at 110 S. Emporia.

“We’ll be focusing on vintage instrument repairs and restoration,” McCracken says. “Of course, we’ll take care of people with newer ones as well.”

He’ll mainly work on guitars but also will fix mandolins and do minor repairs on dulcimers.

“We also want to work with effects pedals,” McCracken says.

He’s also going to offer complementary vacuum tube testing so musicians won’t have to guess whether their amplifiers are giving their best sound.

McCracken says a lot of shops in Wichita focus on work with particular manufacturers.

“We kind of wanted to have a stand-alone repair shop,” he says.

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Empire Barber Salon to move to Oxford Square near 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Tyron Bowen is returning to Oxford Square near 21st and Woodlawn to do hair, but this time he’ll own the barber shop and salon instead of working for someone else.

Bowen is moving his Empire Barber Salon from 13th and Pershing to where Tangles Unlimited once was near the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

“I know the potential of it,” he says of the space, where he’s knocking down walls to open it up.

He already has five people, including himself, on staff, and he has four more who will be joining. The shop will offer barber and salon services.

Bowen has been working professionally for a dozen years, but he’s been cutting hair since he was 9 out of necessity.

“I got tired of my mom letting our uncle cut our hair bald,” he says. “I had her get me some clippers for Christmas.”

He started by cutting hair for family members. Eventually, he went to barber school.

Bowen’s former shop at 13th and Pershing has been closed for three weeks, so he’s hoping to have his new site open as soon as possible.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Former KSN, Channel 3, anchorman is the new Mooyah franchisee for Wichita

UPDATED — Anthony Powell can now add hamburgers to his resume — loaded ones at that.

The former KSN, Channel 3, weekend and 5 p.m. anchorman, who still contributes on-air reports for the station, and his wife, Jennifer, are the new Mooyah franchisees for Wichita.

The Powells are working with Twin Peaks franchisee Rusty Rathbun and Maria Peak of Bovine Development, a company that is developing Mooyah sites.

Jennifer and Anthony Powell

“The guy is very, very impressive with his track record at Subway and Twin Peaks,” Anthony Powell says of Rathbun. “He’s just so experienced with the restaurant business. He knows what it takes to be successful.”

Powell says Rathbun’s office is helping him with traffic counts and other information on where to locate.

He’s looking everywhere but says that “the west side is looking more promising right now.”

The Dallas-based Mooyah chain is in several states, though the majority of its restaurants are still in Texas. It’s in the fast-casual dining segment, which caters to people who want quick meals in a nicer dining setting than fast food restaurants usually provide.

“Fast casual is affordable but still a dining experience,” Powell says.

Mooyah specializes in hamburgers with a serious array of toppings. There also are veggie and turkey burgers, thick-cut fries, shakes and a children’s menu.

Powell hopes to have his first Mooyah open by June.

“We’re in talks on one,” he says.

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