Daily Archives: Dec. 14, 2012

You don’t say

“I want them removed.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers partner Scott Redler’s teasing reaction at a Thursday party when a guest wondered where he got the custard for the Tumbleweeds he was making

Gary Gregory selling First Gear in Old Town after 25 years

WICHITA — A quarter of a century after opening the running specialty store First Gear, Gary Gregory is selling the Old Town business.

“I have the absolute best job in the world. I really do,” he says of selling sport shoes and apparel. “I’m just ready to do something different.”

Greg Reed of GW Investments, a communications company, is buying the business, which is at 111 N. Mosley. He’ll be partners with Raquel Stucky, who currently works there.

“She’s really the one that has a lot of experience in the business,” Reed says.

He says he likes the business and the industry and says feels “like there’s a lot of opportunity there.”

“I’m sure we’ll make some changes,” Reed says. However, all of the things customers have come to love at First Gear, “we’re going to continue to do.”

Gregory opened First Gear on North Rock Road in 1988 and moved to Old Town seven years later.

He says it was a difficult decision to move, but business doubled within the first year.

“I wasn’t getting west-side shoppers on Rock Road,” he says.

When he moved, he kept most of his east-side business and gained the west side as well.

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Doc Howard’s Lounge temporarily closes due to lapsed liquor license

WICHITA — It looked like some critics of Doc Howard’s Lounge might get their wish to have the bar close.

The Old Town bar shut down this week because its liquor license expired Dec. 10.

“Yeah, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that will be excited,” says owner Bryan Shapiro.

The situation is only temporary, though.

The city won’t renew the license until Shapiro gets a fire door for an opening at the bar, which has frequently been in the news due to fights and other disturbances in and around the business.

Shapiro says it’s taking a while to get the door.

“We weren’t prepared for it because we’ve never been asked for it before,” he says. “Ten years, 10 inspections, nobody mentions the door. Now they mention the door?”

Doc Howard’s has been in business almost three years, but Shapiro has had a bar of some sort in the space for a decade.

“It is what it is, and we do everything we can to comply,” he says. “I don’t think we have an operational issue here.”

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