Daily Archives: July 24, 2012

LewJene Schneider files appeal on theft and criminal damages conviction

WICHITA — Watercress developer and lawyer LewJene Schneider has filed an appeal of her conviction last month in Maize Municipal Court on theft and criminal damage charges.

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

“She has requested a jury trial,” says lawyer Jess Hoeme, who is representing Schneider along with Steve Joseph.

A trial is scheduled for Oct. 9.

Closet Junkie to open at Cherry Creek

WICHITA — Sandy Harris had been in the resale business for 22 years when she left it in February.

“I told myself, no, that’s it, I want to do something else,” says Harris, who was at Trends Fashion Exchange on West Maple for the last 15 years.

Instead of changing careers as planned, though, Harris is now opening Closet Junkie in the Cherry Creek shopping center at Harry and Rock Road.

“There’s just a lot of traffic out here,” Harris says of choosing the center. She says there also aren’t many shops like hers on the east side.

Harris will buy used, trendy clothing and accessories from customers along with some furniture and housewares to sell in the shop.

“It’s what I love, and it’s what I know, and I’m good at it,” Harris says. “I’m ready to get back in it.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the 1,400-square-foot space.

The shop will open Aug. 4.

Harris says she misses her customers, many of whom she could predict exactly when they’d come to shop or what they would buy.

“It’s weird how after that many years, you make friends,” she says. “I kind of miss that.”

Willowbend Animal Hospital to open on the east side in August

Michael Johnson and his dogs, Marty and Mabel.

WICHITA — Veterinarian Michael Johnson, who has practiced in the Wichita area for 17 years, is opening his own animal hospital next month.

Willowbend Animal Hospital will open Aug. 8 at 7606 E. 37th St. North, which is between Rock Road and Woodlawn.

“I just wanted a facility that I could provide the services that I want to for my clients and my pets,” Johnson says. “Specifically, I’m very passionate about managing chronic pain with pets.”

Johnson says pet owners often are unaware their pets are in pain.

“They expect the pet to act like we do when they’re in pain, and that’s not how they act,” he says.

For instance, he says, dogs are pack animals who wouldn’t want to show pain to others.

“They’d be hiding it if they could.”

Johnson says cats go into seclusion, which may be difficult to differentiate from their regular behavior.

Some issues, he says, owners may chalk up to the aging process, when actually their animals are in pain.

“I just believe that our pets can not speak for themselves,” Johnson says. “They suffer quietly for years with undiagnosed and untreated pain, and they never enjoy life as fully as they could.”

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