Monthly Archives: December 2012

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“I’m kind of amused by it.”

– Movie mogul Bill Warren, whose Moore, Okla., theater is getting some free publicity in a TV ad trying to lure Boeing workers to the city

Alpha Title to open east Wichita office

WICHITA — Alpha Title soon will have a new Wichita office.

The Kansas City-based title insurance company has been in the Wichita area for more than five years with offices in west Wichita, Andover and Augusta.

The newest office will open this month at 6611 E. Central, which is just east of Central and Woodlawn.

“I just think it’s really good for growth,” says mortgage loan closer Catherine Heidel.

The new office may replace the one in Andover. The company hasn’t decided yet whether to keep that office open.

“There’s more customer base on the east side of Wichita rather than driving to Andover,” Heidel says.

The Andover office is about 950 square feet. The new office is 1,655 square feet “so there will be room for growth,” Heidel says.

Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Heidel thinks an east Wichita office will give Alpha Title more exposure.

“Hopefully it’ll get our name out there,” she says. “That’s the main purpose.”

Mayflower Clinic to move to Sutton Place

WICHITA — Two years after opening, the Mayflower Clinic is getting a home of its own in downtown’s Sutton Place and is expanding its services as a result.

The free medical clinic, which India native and Wichita attorney Abdul Arif and some friends founded to give back to the community, has been open on weekends at Douglas and Rutan where neurosurgeon Eustaquio Abay II has an office.

Abay and his wife, orthodontist Emeline Abay, donated the space. Arif says they’ve been exceedingly generous, but he wanted the clinic to be able to expand what it offers.

“We were looking to move so we can offer more services … on weekdays.”

The clinic saw more than 1,000 people in 2012.

“We had to do what we had to do in the beginning to get started,” Arif says. “The old model was the slapped-together-so-we-can-get-started model.”

The clinic will locate in 1,400 square feet at 209 E. William. Arif says there’s room to expand as well.

“Absolutely. That was the whole idea.”

Physicians will continue to donate their time for medical care on the weekends.

“The reason for our success is we’re open weekends,” Arif says.

He says many people can’t afford to take time off from work during the week.

“We try really hard to focus on the working uninsured.”

The clinic now will be open seven days a week and will offer mental health services during the week.

“We’re starting this big pitch to offer mental health services,” Arif says.

He says there’s a need for Spanish-speaking counselors and for counselors who can help patients who can’t afford the care.

“There’s a massive demand we found.”

Arif says it’s a timely decision with the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

“With these god-awful shootings … there’s such a renewed emphasis on mental health,” he says.

“We chugged along for two years, and now it’s time (to) move on up … and do more bigger and better things because the demand is so huge.”

Woody Austin buys out partners Rod and Rick Nuckolls at Willowbend Golf Club

WICHITA — Willowbend Golf Club partner Woody Austin is now the sole owner of the club.

The PGA Tour golfer became a partner with owners and PGA of America members Rod and Rick Nuckolls in early 2010.

At the time, Austin said: “It’s a big, long-term deal for me. It’s nothing on a short-term basis.”

He says he’s been thinking of buying the east-side club outright since then.

“It’s just a natural progression that we were thinking about when I first bought in,” he says.

The Nuckolls brothers have been partners in Willowbend since 2000 and bought out partners Mike and Mark Marney in 2003.

They came close to selling the club to Bert and Eloise Henderson, who approached them as they were preparing to sell their Echo Hills Golf Club in Park City in 2009. The Willowbend deal fell through, though. Shortly after, Austin became a partner.

Austin says he’s been working on getting things in place to take over the club, which he says included establishing Jim Elliott as general manager when he arrived.

Rick Nuckolls will retire, but Rod Nuckolls will remain as director of golf. Austin says the position will switch from a salaried one to hourly pay “so he can get off and get out whenever he wants” to golf.

“Now Rod will have a lot more time on his hands to play golf,” Austin says.

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“Tom referred to it as a twit’s tweet.”

NAI Martens CEO Steve Martens on president Tom Johnson’s reaction to his plan to start tweeting in the new year

Urban Oasis Yoga Studio to open in Delano

WICHITA — A new yoga studio is going in the former Siva Power Yoga space at 535 W. Douglas in Delano.

Lori Morton is opening Urban Oasis Yoga Studio in 2,326 square feet on Jan. 1.

“We’re doing our first class at four o’clock,” Morton says.

It’ll be free to introduce people to the studio.

Morton says she’s made a number of changes to the space, such as adding mirrors.

Stephanie Wiens and Shannon Palmer of Occidental Management handled the deal for the space.

In addition to the studio space, Morton says there will be a relaxation area with spa water, a boutique and “some different, fun things.”

She plans on offering a variety of yoga classes, such as hot yoga, a dance fusion class, yoga for beginners and praise and worship yoga classes during which she says she’ll take donations for World Impact.

Morton also will offer stand-up paddle yoga at the Wichita Swim Club in the winter and various lakes and other water in the summer.

“I’m just hoping that people will be able to find a class that serves them well.”

Allmetal Recycling owners buy Kamen Recycling, plan to consolidate offices

WICHITA — Some customers have noticed some changes at Kamen Recycling at 800 E. 21st St.

It turns out Allmetal Recycling, which Ron and Marty Cornejo own, purchased Kamen in August.

“We just did that kind of under the radar,” Ron Cornejo says. “It wasn’t intended to be under the radar.”

More changes will be on the way in the next six months to a year, including a consolidation of the two offices and a name change for Kamen to Allmetal Recycling.

Allmetal is located at 2461 N. New York. Its office will move to a new building that will be built at the 21st Street location, but the recycling facility will remain where it is. Each facility has about 10 acres.

“It just makes it better to have everything in one location,” Cornejo says of the administrative offices.

With the Kamen purchase, he says the company can handle larger volumes.

“It just expands our market. It allows us to move more of the different types of recyclables.”

Cornejo says the Kamen facility handles more nonferrous metals. Ferrous metals are magnetic-type irons and heavy steel.

“It gave us a little stronger profile in that area,” Cornejo says of nonferrous metals. “It broadened our ability.”

The Kamen facility also has a railroad track that runs on the property.

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Ho ho ho

Hey, everyone, I’m off until Dec. 27. Hope you have a very merry time this holiday season.


Doc Howard’s Lounge reopens

WICHITA — Doc Howard’s Lounge is back open.

The Old Town bar’s temporarily lapsed liquor license was restored after owner Bryan Shapiro had a new fire door installed as the city dictated.

Shapiro says his business, which has been a target for critics due to fights and disturbances in and around it, was affected by having to close.

“Of course it was affected,” Shapiro says. He says, though, “I don’t think it was any evil intention.”

The city had several demands before it would restore the license.

“They gave us a list, we complied, we’re open, thank God.”

Apricot Lane Boutique, a national chain, to open at Bradley Fair this spring

WICHITA — Along with tulips and daffodils popping up this spring, Wichita will have an apricot, too.

Apricot Lane Boutique, that is.

Wichitans Kami and Mark Murphy are opening a franchise of the California-based women’s boutique at Bradley Fair in March.

“The store is a fabulous women’s fashion boutique that is very unique,” says the chain’s founder and CEO Ken Petersen.

There are 82 Apricot Lanes in 30 states, and they’re known for having limited quantities– maybe only a couple of each size — of name-brand and nonbranded apparel.

“Customers love that,” Petersen says. He says they like knowing not everyone will be wearing what they’re wearing.

“Our product mix is fast, and it’s fresh, and it’s on trend, and it’s constantly changing,” he says.

Petersen calls the store a mother-daughter boutique that appeals to both age groups.

He says he’s found it to be even more than that.

“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen grandma, mom and daughter in the stores,” he says.

“I didn’t want to be a juniors retailer. We didn’t want to be a Talbots-type of retailer.”

There also will be shoes, jewelry, accessories and gifts in a variety of price points.

“We’re excited to bring something that’s so hip and also something that’s a little more affordable to Bradley Fair,” Kami Murphy says.

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