Daily Archives: Aug. 7, 2012

GLMV Architecture has layoffs

WICHITA — GLMV Architecture laid off employees and asked one to retire this week.

Neither Chairman Bill Livingston nor CEO Jeff Van Sickle returned calls for comment.

Sources says five employees were laid off and one longtime employee was asked to retire.

In January 2010, Gossen Livingston merged with McCluggage Van Sickle and Perry. Earlier this year, GLMV moved into a prominent new home in the Douglas Design District at 1525 E. Douglas.

It looks like the layoffs may have been due to declining work in some sectors the company serves.


You don’t say

“I’m not uncomfortable with, win or lose, my opponent being there. I think it’s a show of solidarity with each other.”

– State Senate candidate Tim Snow, who is joining other Democrats (including opponent Perry Schuckman) at the Pumphouse for a watch party Tuesday night

Mattress Hub co-founder says chain is doing well despite saturated market

WICHITA — Has the mattress boom gone bust?

That was one reader’s question after noticing that – following the glut of new mattress stores in Wichita the last couple of years – the U.S. Mattress near Kellogg and Greenwich is closed along with the Mattress Hub clearance store at Central and West.

No one with U.S. Mattress could be reached for comment, but Mattress Hub co-founder Ryan Baty says business is great.

“The mattress business is a cutthroat business, but what allows you to succeed over time is giving customers a bigger, better deal and a variety of options.”

Baty says customers begin to focus more on price and options as a market gets saturated.

He says his chain’s clearance store didn’t close, but it did move to Towne West Square to capitalize on foot traffic.

The Mattress Hub at Towne East Square is being remodeled into a speciality sleep gallery that focuses on Tempur-Pedic and Serta iComfort gel beds.

The chain became a Tempur-Pedic Elite Retailer earlier this summer, which Baty says is the top distinction the company awards.

With Wichita already saturated, Baty says he’s working on two more stores in Kansas City, where he already has three Mattress Hubs.

“Our focus really is on Kansas City right now.”

Copp Media Services to move to the Stables

UPDATED — More than two decades after opening Copp Media Services in her home in the Moorings, Bonnie Tharp is moving her media planning and buying agency to an outside office.

“We did that before it was cool to do it,” Tharp says of working from her house. “And now that it’s cool to do it, we’re not going to do it anymore.”

She’s taking two suites at the Stables at 322 S. Mosley.

“It’s got a lot of character,” Tharp says of the Stables. “It’s centrally located.”

She says it will be good to have some privacy back at her house, and her employees will feel more free to come and go at any hour.

Nicole Copp, Tharp’s daughter, who also is a media planner and buyer at the agency, likes the idea of a more intimate office at the Stables compared to what they have now.

Currently, each of the company’s four employees are fairly spread out.

“The whole basement is her office,” Copp says. Now, she says, “It’ll be a lot more collaborative.”

There is a downside to moving, though, Copp says.

“We and our clients and our reps really like our boat ride meetings, so that will be missed,” she says. “Maybe once in a while we can come back and … relive our boat days.”