Daily Archives: July 16, 2012

Suzuki of Wichita sells couple two cars and throws in a wedding, too

Randolph and Ruth Warren (from left) and newlyweds Shane and Jada Starlin.

WICHITA — Medical assistant Jada Miller and machinist Shane Starlin got a lot more than they bargained for when they bought a car and truck from Suzuki of Wichita at the end of January.

That’s when they met salesman Randolph Warren, who noted that they were buying cars together but had different last names and didn’t appear to be married.

“Well, because he won’t ask me,” is how Warren reports Miller responded.

“And she hits him upside the head,” Warren says. “I said, ‘Man, there’s no time like the present.’ So he started doing the Michael Jackson backup boogie. He said, ‘Well, I don’t know a preacher,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m one.’ He said, ‘Well, we don’t have a church.’

“Why don’t you do it here?” Warren asked.

They didn’t immediately take him up on it, but when they returned to have a tire replaced, Warren brought it up again.

“We didn’t think he was serious,” Miller says.

He was, though, so on Saturday, the couple married at the Suzuki dealership at 11610 E. Kellogg.

“We stop everything for love,” Warren says.

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“… even though I’ve been knocked down, don’t count me out!”

Don Bean of Bad Bean Productions, telling supporters via e-mail that due to zoning and building issues, he’s no longer booking concerts at the Boulevard but hopes to find another venue

Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — A new shop at Clifton Square is going to cater exclusively to recovering addicts.

John Taylor is opening Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts at the north end of the center at 3700 E. Douglas in College Hill.

“Our intent is to service all 12-step …programs within the community,” Taylor says.

That includes groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

“Anything that’s got ‘anonymous’ behind it.”

Taylor named the shop for what his grandchildren call him and his wife, Shelley.

The 1,000-square-foot shop will sell what Taylor calls “drunk junk.”

“It’s the stuff that isn’t just absolutely necessary to get clean and sober.”

That includes T-shirts, jewelry and recovery medallions.

“Just little blingy things that alcoholics and drug addicts and co-dependent people … like to have,” Taylor says.

There also are books and recovery greeting cards, such as birthday cards that celebrate addicts’ sobriety dates.

The store also will sell some spiritual items, including recovery Bibles that help addicts see the 12 steps within the Bible.

In 350 square feet above the shop, there are AA meetings three times a week. Those began in June.

Nana & Opa’s will have a soft opening on Tuesday and a grand opening Aug. 7.

El Dorado’s Job Lunch closes temporarily

UPDATED — The Job Lunch, which is something of an institution in El Dorado, is closed for now.

“It’s probably going to be a little bit before it opens,” says Donna Naill, who owns the business with her husband, Mike.

The Naills own the business at 212 E. Central and previously ran it but have most recently been leasing it to someone else.

There’s a chance the Naills will take it back over to run again.

“I’m still talking to myself about … whether I want to do it or not,” Donna Naill says.

The Naills also own Hot Rod Bail Bonding.

“We really just don’t have time with the bail bond business,” Donna Naill says of running a restaurant. “That’s kind of a 24/7 job.”

Job Lunch has been around for decades and is known for its veal sandwiches, which today are made of pork due to the cost of veal.

“The veal sandwich is really what pulls them in,” Donna Naill says.

The Naills are planning renovations, such as painting and installing a new ceiling, before they reopen the tiny restaurant.

Donna Naill says she won’t mess with the restaurant’s well-established mojo, though.

“No, no.”