Monthly Archives: June 2012

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“What do you call a successful ski instructor? A guy whose girlfriend has 2 jobs!!”

– A sign at the Slope on East Central

Wild at Heart owner says delinquent taxes related to former store

WICHITA — Wild at Heart owner Marissa Marklewitz owes almost $18,000 in state taxes, but she says they relate to her former east-side store and that her west-side store is doing just fine.

Marklewitz closed her Wild at Heart at the Collective at 21st Street East and K-96 last year after three years in business to concentrate on an expanded west-side store at the southeast corner of 21st and Maize Road

She says the day before a new tenant was to sign a lease to take over her east space, the deal fell apart, and she had to unexpectedly continue the lease.

“We sat on it for seven months,” Marklewitz says. “Due to the extended circumstance there, we got a little behind on things.”

She says she’s on a payment plan with the state.

Baubles & Bows opens in Indian Hills

WICHITA — For several years, Christina McDowell has sold her Totally Tutu 4 U custom tutus through craft shows and consignment shops around town.

Today, she’s opening her own store, Baubles & Bows, at 2423 W. 13th St. in Indian Hills.

“We’ve expanded it to women’s accessories, shabby chic home decor and, of course, all my tutu stuff,” McDowell says.

She says her custom boutique tutus are a unique drawing card.

“Nothing is plain about them,” McDowell says. “It’s gotta be fluffy and sparkly or I don’t love it.”

She says her tutus are more intricate than the average tutu. Usually, she makes something such as fairy wings to accompany them.

Joslin Alana Strong in the tutu her mother made for her first birthday.

McDowell got the idea for her business five years ago when her daughter, Joslin Alana, was 6 months old and she put her in a tutu for a photo.

Today and Saturday are what McDowell is calling “test days” for the new shop.

Starting next week, it will be open Tuesday through Saturday, generally 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Addictions in Ink Tattoo and Piercing to move to former Horn space

WICHITA — There’s a new occupant for the former Horn at Kellogg and Tyler, but it’s not a bar.

Addictions in Ink Tattoo and Piercing is opening in the space the second week of July.

The shop is near the northwest corner of the intersection already, but manager Ryan Knoll says it’s hard to see.

“It’s real hard to find,” he says.

“The Horn’s been there forever, and it’s easier to explain to people where it’s at.”

Addictions currently has about 1,100 square feet. The new space has 3,700 square feet. That means there will be room for more artists and piercers along with a new salon called Curl & Dye.

“It’s something (owner Bryan Parsons) has been wanting to do for a long time,” Knoll says. “We’ve just never had the space to do it.”

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“Ain’t she sweet? See her walking down the street. Now I ask you very confidentially, ain’t she sweet?”

– Artist Frank Jensen, quoting from the song “Ain’t She Sweet,” at Project Beauty’s dedication of his Peerless Princess of the Plains sculpture on the Douglas Street median

Watercress developer LewJene Schneider convicted of theft and criminal damage

WICHITA — Watercress developer and lawyer LewJene Schneider was convicted of theft and criminal damage in Maize Municipal Court on Wednesday.

The charges stem from a long-running dispute that Schneider has with Fiddler’s Cove developer Bob Scott over real estate signs.

In February, Scott told Have You Heard? that he placed directional signs on city property by the Watercress development near 37th and Maize Road in order to help people find Fiddler’s Cove, which is accessible only through Watercress.

Scott says he complained to police when the signs began disappearing and eventually started calling daily to complain. Finally, he says, police used a surveillance camera in September to figure out that Schneider took the signs.

Lawyer Jess Hoeme, who is representing Schneider along with Steve Joseph, says his client contacted the city of Maize several times regarding the signs, which he says Scott placed illegally.

“No one from the city of Maize ever removed them,” Hoeme says.

“Bob Scott, the victim, admitted that he did not have permission to put those signs on Watercress property, nor did he have permission to put them on city property,” Hoeme says. “He just did it.”

Scott says it was “common practice” for people to put up signs without permission.

“Doesn’t make it right, but everyone was doing it – primarily LewJene,” he says.

Hoeme says the judge didn’t rule on whether Scott placed the signs legally or not. He only ruled on Schneider removing them.

“The judge doesn’t believe that even if those signs were unlawfully placed on her property that she had the right to remove them,” Hoeme says.

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“Many people ask me how you replace Bonnie. The answer is, you don’t.”

Wichita Eagle editor Sherry Chisenhall on the “one-and-only” Bonnie Bing, whose last full day at the paper where she’s worked since 1980 is Thursday

Waterfront developers to break ground on 4.3 acre development, including 2-story Class A office space and possible restaurant

WICHITA — Steve Clark and Johnny Stevens are preparing to develop another 4.3 acres at their Waterfront development at 13th and Webb.

The chief part of the project is a 24,000-square-foot, 2-story office building that will be between Andover State Bank and Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar.

“There are some people looking for space right now that want an unusual location,” Clark says. “There are a couple of major tenants.”

Clark’s son, Stephen Clark II, is managing the project, and he says those potential tenants – there are no signed deals yet – are the reason Clark and Stevens are looking to do the office building.

“There is some interest in the market that’s kind of sparked up recently,” Stephen Clark says. “People have been waiting so long to do something because of the economy.”

He says the economy isn’t necessarily that much better, but businesses can’t wait any longer.

“Some people are outgrowing their space or need to upgrade their space,” Stephen Clark says.

He says the existing office space at the Waterfront is full and that there has not been much new Class A office space that’s been built in Wichita in recent years. He says business owners “want a location that’s going to last many years, and I think we’ve established the Waterfront is that kind of location.”

“It costs the same to build the building somewhere else. You’re going to get better long-term residual value in a place like the Waterfront.”

Stephen Clark says the building will have “incredible identity from Webb Road.”

“It’s very visible from Webb Road, but it also enjoys the lake in the rear.”

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Discount retailer Marshalls to open in former Borders space at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — In December, Have You Heard? reported that with any luck, by the 2012 holiday season shoppers in east and west Wichita would have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

That’s going to happen – at least for west-siders.

The Massachusetts-based chain, part of the TJX Cos., has a building permit for $580,000 to remodel the former Borders space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“I can confirm we do have a lease with Marshalls,” says Jerry Jones, vice president of commercial development for Slawson Cos., the NewMarket developer.

The approximately 23,000-square-foot building was built in 2001. Borders left the space in September.

Jones referred questions about the opening to a Marshalls representative, who wouldn’t confirm that the store will be coming to Wichita.

“When opening new stores, we tend to announce our plans when we believe it is the right time to do so competitively,” wrote spokeswoman Doreen Thompson in an e-mail. “Generally speaking, it is our practice not to announce store openings until close to an intended opening date.”

It looks like that will be in time for the holidays – or before.

“I like that it brings a large apparel component to the center,” Jones says. “It’ll really complement everything else we have out there real well.”

Slawson Real Estate handled the lease for the landlord.

Marshalls also has looked at opening on the east side, but that deal doesn’t seem to be as far along.

TJX owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and at Westgate Market at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls, which is similar to T.J. Maxx, is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

Look for more details later today on Marshalls’ entry into the Wichita market.

Ciao Italian Kitchen may open in former Tommy’s Restaurant and Lounge space

WICHITA — Less than a year after opening Ciao Italian Kitchen on the east side at the Waterfront, Guillermo Perez-Munoz is working on a west-side location.

Perez-Munoz isn’t talking yet, but it looks like he’s negotiating to take the former Tommy’s Restaurant and Lounge space at 2121 N. Tyler.

Twin Peaks owner Rusty Rathbun has eyed that spot as well and is still considering other west-side space.

Look for a west-side Ciao deal possibly in the next week or two.