Daily Archives: Feb. 9, 2012

You don’t say

“The last time I gave you a quote, my wife nearly slapped me.”

DoubleTree by Hilton general manager Michael Phipps, who was teasingly reluctant to take a reporter’s call since he once foolishly discussed his wife’s spending habits in print

Scholfield Honda’s special relationship with women gets national attention

WICHITA — You might call Roger Scholfield a ladies’ man, though perhaps not in the traditional sense.

His Scholfield Honda has been recognized a couple of times recently for offering great customer service to women.

On Wednesday, Forbes wrote about a survey that WomenCertified conducted last fall for Dealer Magazine, which Scholfield calls one of the two biggest industry magazines for automobile dealers. Of about 175 dealerships that responded, Scholfield Honda was one of 33 that WomenCertified chose to feature.

“When the receptionist said Forbes magazine was on the line, I thought they were calling to renew my subscription,” Scholfield says.

Instead, the magazine wanted to learn about his dealership’s way with women.

“It’s all about listening to our clients and just providing a really nice atmosphere for them,” Scholfield says. “When you meet women’s expectations, you exceed your male clients’ expectations.”

After he did the survey, Scholfield says, “Within a couple of weeks, they called us back and said, ‘Wow, your dealership had one of the largest responses of all dealerships in the country.’”

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RJ’s House of Fades to move to Eaton Place, but owner Ronnie Robinson Jr. has bigger dreams than doing hair

WICHITA — Ronnie Robinson Jr. is the second person to sign a new lease at Eaton Place in the last week.

He’s moving his RJ’s House of Fades barber shop from its current location near Harry and Edgemoor to the west side of Eaton Place at 106 S. Emporia. That’s two doors north of where the new McCracken Guitars will be opening later this month.

Robinson’s shop is named for a type of haircut that’s popular among black men.

“Of course, we can cut any style of hair,” Robinson says.

In addition to liking how centralized his new location will be — and appreciating downtown in general — Robinson particularly likes the history of Eaton Place.

“I would rather bring back the old feel.”

Leo Goseland of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate handled the deal.

Robinson is so interested in downtown and history, he’s in talks with potential investors about possibly doing something with the former Union Station just down Douglas from where his barber shop will be.

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