Monthly Archives: August 2012

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“Wow these people in Wichita know how to party.”

Orpheum director of development David Austin, quoting what Bernadette Peters said to her road manager after the theater’s 90th anniversary gala Saturday

Douglas Street Eats to open in former British Banger Cafe space in Delano

WICHITA — A new restaurant is opening in the former British Banger Cafe space in Delano, and it’s going to have some of the same dishes.

Ben Madison is opening Douglas Street Eats at 1713 W. Douglas where Austin Newby’s restaurant closed in July.

“We’ll continue using his recipes for the bangers,” Madison says.

He’s also have mashed potatoes, cottage pies and will add several “home-style” sandwiches, as he calls them, to the menu.

Madison has been a design engineer, not a restaurateur.

“But my bride, she’s general manager at the Best Western Airport,” Madison says of his wife, Kim. “She’s going to be telling me how to do it.”

Auntie Mae’s Attic & Cafe to double in size

WICHITA — If the last information Michael Goens shared was “crazy news,” as he declared, this news is even wilder.

Three months after Goens and Albert Conrad moved their Auntie Mae’s Attic from Delano to 3,000 square feet at 9125 W. Central and added a restaurant, they’re more than doubling their space.

“We just cannot keep up with the business,” Goens says.

“When we first started this, it was just going to be (this) little, small thing. We did not anticipate that it was going to be quite this well received.”

The made-from-scratch cooking and homey atmosphere at Auntie Mae’s Attic & Cafe is a hit.

Goens thinks people have “really been yearning for that kind of mom-and-pop place … as opposed to these big-box corporate places.”

“This day and age we live in has become so corporate,” he says. “It’s so nice to be able to go out and talk to your customers and their families and their kids.”

Goens says he often hears about how customers like the atmosphere and service.

“That makes such a big difference anymore.”

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Mickey’s Yogurt to open on Andover Road

WICHITA — Shawn and Mandy Berkley, with help from their three small children, are opening Mickey’s Yogurt in Andover later this year.

They’re modeling the business, which is named after Mandy Berkley’s stepfather, on her mom and stepfather’s Fresno, Calif.-area shop of the same name.

“The biggest appeal, besides it being tasty, is it’s just a fun atmosphere,” says Shawn Berkley, who is a designer at Bombardier Learjet.

“Everybody goes in there happy and excited. It’s a special treat.” Berkley says the positive customer relations “makes for a fun place to be.”

The shop will open in early November at 626 N. Andover Road. That may not seem like the best time to open a yogurt business, but Berkley says, “The health benefits of yogurt versus ice cream makes it a much healthier alternative regardless of season.”

Mickey’s will offer 12 flavors, about 40 toppings and syrups. There also will be hot chocolate and cappuccino.

Mandy Berkley, who is a part-time massage therapist, will run the store most days.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The Berkleys’ children – Trenton, 8, Carter, 6, and Savannah, 5 – are particularly excited about Mickey’s.

“They’re all for more free yogurt,” Shawn Berkley says.

He says his kids have been helping sample a lot of yogurt.

“They’re happy to partake in our market research.”

HRN Performance Solutions to move to Farm Credit Bank Building on North Waco

UPDATED — HRN Performance Solutions is moving from the High Touch building at 110 S. Main St. to 2,541 square feet at the Farm Credit Bank Building at 245 N. Waco.

“We were just looking for a space that allowed us more collaboration and teamwork,” says vice president Lea Ann Gabbert.

She says as the company expanded in the High Touch space, it resulted in a long, skinny row of offices and cubicles. Gabbert says the new space will be a big square “so that we could all be together.”

The company, which is headquartered in Salt Lake City and provides compensation and performance management solutions for clients nationally, will be in its new space Sept. 24.

Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Don Arnold of NAI John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal.

The lease brings the Farm Credit Bank Building to 100 percent occupancy.

Pea Pod Consignment Gallery to open in downtown Wellington

WICHITA — Before driving to Wellington to look at some property for a second consignment shop, Three Pea: Organize, Design, Stage co-owner Gary Streepy put his interest level at about a five on a scale of one to 100.

“So now we’re doing one,” he says, laughing.

Streepy and Kristen Awe are opening Pea Pod Consignment Gallery at 115 S. Washington in Wellington on Sept. 14.

Their Wichita consignment shop of the same name is within their Three Pea business at 1646 E. Second St.

“I have enough furniture to completely stock that store,” Streepy says of his new 4,000-square-foot space.

“It’s going to be exactly like our store here.”

Pea Pod sells consignment furniture, lamps, accessories and area rugs.

“We do some pretty cool stuff,” Streepy says.

He says the Wellington space is pretty cool, too.

“I love downtown deals,” Streepy says, pointing to the tin ceilings the space still has from years ago.

“Quite honestly, I don’t have to do a single thing to the building.”


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“I’m just grateful to be back in our old neighborhood where we started.”

Mexico Cafe Delano co-owner William Villar, who is opening Villar’s Mexico Cafe at 1860 S. Hillside where his family once had an El Mexico Cafe

Flint Hills Spas and EmbroidMe to open near northeast corner of Central and Edgemoor

WICHITA — Adam Clements of Builders Inc. has been busy doing deals on Central lately.

There are the BattleStations Gaming and Better Buy Jewelry deals that Have You Heard? reported earlier Wednesday, and now there are two more at Central and Edgemoor.

“It’s kind of been like Occupy Central,” Clements says.

At the northeast corner of Central and Edgemoor, Dave Garretson is moving his Flint Hills Spas to the same spot where he used to have his California Cooperage of Wichita hot tub store in the 1970s.

“It’s kind of ironic going full circle back into the original space,” he says.

Garretson sold hot tubs for several years in the ’70s and then sold his half of the company and moved to California in the late ’70s. In 2005, he returned to Wichita and opened the store, which he called Flint Hills Spas and Billiards, at 742 N. Andover Road.

He located there to be near where a lot of new houses were under construction, but that’s changed.

“I need to … get back where it’s a little higher traffic,” Garretson says.

He’s dropped the billiards sales and is adding pellet grills.

The store will be in 1,300 square feet where Ash-craft engraving used to be, which is a few doors down from MIF Deli.

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Better Buy Jewelry to open at Preston Village at Central and Greenwich

WICHITA — Also opening at Preston Village where BattleStations Gaming is locating is Better Buy Jewelry, which used to be in Towne East Square.

Juan Gonzales says he was forced to move because of Wright Career College’s expansion at the mall, but he doesn’t mind.

“We like the (new) area not only because I live nearby but also because we feel like it’s more secure,” he says. “It’s in a better, safer place.”

Also, Gonzales says, he doesn’t have much competition.

“There’s no jewelry stores on … this side of Kellogg and Rock Road.”

Like the BattleStations deal, Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled this one as well.

The new store, which will also repair jewelry and watches, opens Sept. 25 and will have a grand opening Sept. 29.

Pathfinders Birkenstock to close

WICHITA — In February, Jill Dunning closed her west-side Pathfinders Birkenstock. Now, she’s closing her east-side store in Normandie at Central and Woodlawn.

“It’s kind of really sad to do that,” Dunning says. She’s owned the store for 10 years, but she says Pathfinders Birkenstock has been in the market more than 20 years total.

Lease expirations — and the prospect of signing for another five years — are what caused Dunning to decide to close both stores.

“It’s just time to move on,” she says. “I really wasn’t the retail-type person anyway.”

Dunning tried to sell the store.

“We didn’t have any takers.”

The last day of business will be Sept. 29.

The store’s going-out-of-business sale starts Saturday.