Daily Archives: Nov. 16, 2012

Kritter Kutters School of All Breed Dog Grooming owner expands with retail shop and obedience training

WICHITA — Kritter Kutters School of All Breed Dog Grooming owner Kelly Gilbert is expanding his business in a couple of ways.

First, earlier this month he began leasing 1,500 square feet next to his 2,200 square feet at 9420 W. Central, which is between Tyler and Maize Road.

The new space is for Awhh’s 4 Paws, a retail shop with pet food and supplies.

Previously, Gilbert had a small retail area within his grooming shop, which also doubles as space for a grooming school.

Gilbert started his business out of his garage in 2005 and began leasing his first space near his existing one in 2006.

With his latest new space, Gilbert says he’s able to add more supplies, such as toys, picture frames and dog pillows. He already has expanded the food lines he’s offering and plans to add more.

The Awhh’s 4 Paws site also is where Ron Sparky Sparkman soon will begin having dog obedience classes. Sparkman has been doing obedience training professionally for 15 years. He operates under the name Sparky’s Basic Obedience 101.

You don’t say

“I guess when you try to put a business together this quickly, and you’re a girl, you have the choice to change your mind.”

Jennifer Ray, who has decided to rename her new Delano bar, which opens Dec. 7, the Monarch after one of Wichita’s first saloons from the 1890s

Liberty Tax Service franchisee to open second west-side office

WICHITA — After a decade in business, Liberty Tax Service franchisee Chris Merchant is opening a second location.

The accountant has a private firm as well as the Liberty office at 13th and West streets, which his wife, Deb, runs. Merchant’s daughter, Jamie Hanson, will run his second Liberty office, which will open in January in the same strip center where Domino’s is near 21st and Amidon.

“Mainly we’re doing another location because our first location has been so successful,” Hanson says.

She says Liberty is the fastest-growing tax preparation company in the United States. There are several other Liberty offices around Wichita that other franchisees own.

Hanson says more Liberty sites are possible in the future for her family.

“My goal is to have more than one location,” she says. “We’re going to see how this one goes. We can only do so much at a time.”

Don Piros with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Hanson says the west side has been a good area for the company.

At the new location, she says, “We’re really going to try to target the Hispanic community.”

Hanson says the company already has one bilingual tax preparer and is training more.

“We’re just branching out.”