Daily Archives: July 12, 2012

Auburn Spirits adds tasting room, expanded humidor and smoking lounge

WICHITA — Auburn Spirits has remodeled its store near Maple and 135th Street to have a new tasting room. The law recently changed to allow unlimited free samples of liquor, wine and beer in liquor stores.

Auburn Spirits began remodeling for the tasting room even before the law changed.

“We kind of had a hunch,” says Brady Auch, assistant manager and marketing and event coordinator. “We took a gamble. … We knew that the laws were going to be changing eventually.”

The tasting room, which can seat up to 40, is the store’s former private party room. Customers can still use the space for private parties, but the front half of the room now has an expanded humidor and a private smoking lounge. Private lockers also are now available.

Auch says the first tasting will be a July 20 chardonnay tasting.

“We’d like to start doing them once a week.”


You don’t say

“Oh, yes. Yes, yes, yes.”

Charolett Knapic on whether she’s still planning her Beautiful Day Market & Cafe downtown (her first choice of a location didn’t work out, so she’s on the hunt for space again)

Logan St. Fine Wood Products to open showroom in Douglas Design District

WICHITA — About five years ago, businessman Herb Krumsick sat down his friend Tony Ferraro for a talk.

Ferraro is a contractor – his business is Ferraro’s – who started his career more than two decades earlier as a finish carpenter and cabinet maker.

“It was an interesting conversation,” Ferraro says. Krumsick pointed out that “everything I was doing was building for other people. I really wasn’t creating my own thing.”

Three months later, Ferraro stopped into a millworking shop in Belle Plaine where he lives, and the owner said everything he had was for sale.

“Next thing I know, I bought the millwork company,” Ferraro says. “It really was on a whim.”

Now, Ferraro is going a step further and opening Logan St. Fine Wood Products in Wichita to sell the high-end wood products he creates. That includes furniture, cabinets, doors, floors and staircases, among other things.

“Anything you put in a house with wood, that’s us,” Ferraro says.

The store, which opens Monday, is at 1824 E. Douglas just down from the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter. It’ll be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on Saturdays.

Ferraro hopes to attract homeowners, designers and builders.

“It’s going to allow us to build more pieces and actually generate more work for Ferraro’s,” he says. “We can sell the product, and Ferraro’s can install it.”

Customers can buy off the showroom floor or custom order what they want.

“I tried to model it after somebody, but I couldn’t find anybody doing the same thing,” Ferraro says.

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