Daily Archives: Jan. 21, 2013

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“It’s time to do something else, like ride my bike on Saturday mornings!”

– A Facebook message from Johnson’s Garden Centers owner Marty Johnson on why he’s giving up the “Johnson’s Garden Show” on KNSS, 1330-AM, after 25 years

Bob Martin to open Law Office of Robert G. Martin at the R.H. Garvey Building

WICHITA — Bob Martin has left McDonald, Tinker, Skaer, Quinn & Herrington to start his own law firm, but he hasn’t gone far.

His Law Office of Robert G. Martin officially opens Wednesday in almost 2,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the R.H. Garvey Building at 300 W. Douglas.

That’s one floor below McDonald, Tinker.

“It’s a chance for me to do more of my niche,” Martin says.

He’s been at McDonald, Tinker, where he’s been a director and shareholder, since 1987.

“I’m top of the letterhead, actually.”

He says the firm primarily focuses on litigation, and that’s not his specialty.

“I’ll never do criminal law in my life again,” Martin says. “The practice of law has become specialized.”

Martin will focus on estate planning and workers compensation defense work.

“Those are the only two areas I will be emphasizing going forward.”

Why?

“Because I enjoy ’em. I’m good at it.”

He says estate planning can be more pleasant than other types of legal work.

“We call this area of the law ‘happy law,’” Martin says. “You’re making people have a better outcome for their lives and their families and their possessions. You’re proactively preventing problems.”

In the workers comp arena, he says, “I’m trying to make the best of a difficult situation.”

Martin says by starting his own firm, he’ll have more resources.

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Wichita Cake Creations to open at Central and Webb Road to sell cakes and more

UPDATED — After working for others and then out of her house, Daevey Abernathy is now ready to open her own cake shop with her partner, Christopher Hauser.

Wichita Cake Creations, All Occasion Cakes and Drive Thru Cupcakes will open Jan. 23 at the center at the northeast corner of Central and Webb Road.

Abernathy says she has always wanted to make her own creations “and make customers happy.”

She and Hauser will serve a variety of cakes, such as wedding and birthday cakes, cupcakes, cake balls, cake pops and fudge. There will be 12 gourmet cupcake flavors and 30 other flavors for cakes and cupcakes.

The store, which will be in about 650 square feet, also will have a drive-through. Abernathy thinks drive-through cupcakes will be especially popular.

“That is our big thing.”

There will be a few seats inside the store as well.

Abernathy and Hauser plan a grand opening for Jan. 25.