Daily Archives: Nov. 6, 2012

You don’t say

“I have no such servitude.”

Fidelity Financial Corp. president Clay Bastian’s response when a caller was surprised to get him on the phone instead of a secretary

Lowen Corp. acquires Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

WICHITA — Hutchinson-based Lowen Corp., which has an IT division in Wichita, is acquiring Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

Lowen is a 62-year-old graphics and sign company. Image Transform is a 39-year-old digital graphics and dye sublimation fabric printing company.

“It’s basically taking the best of both worlds and making both companies stronger,” says spokeswoman Jordan Walker.

She says the acquisition “is coming at a really good time.”

“We’re currently expanding in a lot of different product lines.”

Image Transform can print on fabric, which is something Lowen used to have to use an overseas company to do.

“Currently we have to go through a third party for that,” Walker says. “Now, those types of products are going to be made in the U.S.”

Consequently, she says, turnaround times will shorten.

The biggest change at Image Transform will be the name, Walker says. It will be known as Lowen Visual Imaging. Walker says there won’t be any change in staffing levels with the acquisition.

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Honky Tonk BBQ & Pub to open on South Broadway as home to Ghost Riders

WICHITA — Ghost Riders aren’t in the sky in Wichita. They’re on South Broadway — or will be soon.

Al Moore and Karen Carson, two members of Wichita’s Ghost Riders band, are opening Honky Tonk BBQ & Pub at 4553 S. Broadway on Wednesday.

Ghost Riders will play at the pub every Friday unless they’re booked elsewhere.

“This will become their home,” Carson says. “The Ghost Riders are honky-tonk.”

She says the business, which is two blocks north of 47th Street South and Broadway, isn’t a bar. Carson says there will be no hard liquor, but there will be cereal malt beverages, barbecue and music.

They’re calling it a pub, she says, “because it made our landlord happy.”

“This location had always been a bar,” Carson says. “The atmosphere will be a pub.”

Moore previously owned other restaurants, including Two Fat Chefs and the Blue Door. He’s taken a break from the industry for four years.

“He got restless, and it was time to get back into the business,” Carson says.

She’s a former nursing home administrator who was used to “bossing doctors around as a professional staff coordinator” until she retired four years ago.

Carson says the Honky Tonk will offer a variety of music.

There will be what she calls honky-tonk jams on Saturday afternoons.

Carson describes honky-tonk as a combination of blues and country with a little bit of rock ’n’ roll thrown in.

“It has a driving edge to it.”

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