Daily Archives: Feb. 22, 2012

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“It climbs like a homesick angel and makes a lot of noise on takeoff so everyone will know the general’s in the air.”

Alex Kvassay, speaking to the Wichita Aero Club today on his successful Learjet sales pitch years ago after he learned Cessna was courting the Filipino general as well

B Street Design’s Kansas campuses to transition to Marinello Schools of Beauty

WICHITA — California-based Marinello Schools of Beauty has purchased the five B Street Design campuses in Kansas, including the Wichita site near Harry and Rock.

The schools offer beauty education, including cosmetology, esthetics and manicuring along with salon and spa services that students provide to the general public under the supervision of instructors.

Marinello, which dates to 1905, came under new ownership in 2004 and quickly grew from 13 campuses to 63 in eight states.

The company is in the process of transitioning from B Street. Students will continue to be taught under existing curriculum until instructors are trained on Marinello curriculum. A company spokeswoman says the process will be done over a period of time, and there won’t be major changes.

The school’s name hasn’t converted to Marinello yet, but it will at some point during the transition.


Second Odd Balls Yarn Shop to open at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall; more to come

WICHITA — A year after opening her first store, Tracie Anderson is taking the next step in her plan to grow her Odd Balls Yarn Shop by opening a second store at Chisholm Trail Shopping Center and Outlet Mall in Newton.

Anderson opened her first Odd Balls in March in 4,000 square feet at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn to sell high-end knitting and crochet supplies, luxury fibers, weaving looms, spinning wheels and needlepoint supplies, among other things. She also offers about 80 related classes at any given time.

This March, Anderson is opening in 3,000 square feet at Chisholm Trail next to Charlotte’s Bargain Fabric & Stitchery.

She says she did market research first.

“The traffic out there’s phenomenal.”

Anderson already is thinking of a third Wichita-area Odd Balls for next March.

“That’s pretty aggressive, but that’s our goal.”

Her bigger goal is to franchise her business and help others with their dreams of having similar shops.

She’s working with the Kansas Small Business Development Center at Wichita State University.

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Maintenance under way at former Brooklyn’s space; no new owner yet

WICHITA — There’s some work going on at the former Brooklyn’s Chophouse and Players space on West 21st Street, but it’s not for a new business.

The bank that owns the building is doing some maintenance, but it’s not for a new tenant or owner. At least not yet.

Last month, Have You Heard? reported that the new Jerseys Grill and Bar is doing so well in the former Johnny Carino’s space near K-96 and Webb that owner Jordan Allbright is already looking for a west-side Jerseys, too, and the former Brooklyn’s space is a possibility.

We’ll keep you posted.


Pennsylvania-based Benco Dental to open office at Travel Air Building in Delano

WICHITA — Benco Dental, the third-largest dental dealer in the nation, will be moving to Delano in April.

“We sell everything that a dentist uses in his office,” says Dennis Doyle, a territory representative for the Pennsylvania-based company.

Benco, which arrived in Wichita about seven months ago, is taking 2,600 square feet in Occidental Management’s Travel Air Building at 535 W. Douglas.

The company has been in temporary Occidental space at Northwest Centre at 13th and Tyler while the new space is prepared.

“We’re going to keep the space very open to … show the old architecture of the building,” Doyle says.

There are brick walls and exposed timbers in the ceiling.

“We wanted someplace that wasn’t kind of sterile or an industrial park area,” Doyle says. He says the company wanted “a more relaxed setting.”

“Plus, it’s very centrally located for us as well.”

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