Monthly Archives: January 2013

Shine Salon to move to Sunburst Plaza

UPDATED — There’s a new tenant coming to Phil Ruffin’s Sunburst Plaza at 1725 at 1725 E. Douglas, which may be better known as the home of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

Shine Salon is moving into 2,500 square feet next to the former Integrity Auto Group space at the center.

“We’ve kind of been looking to expand, to grow our business,” says Val Sigg, who owns the business with his wife, Casey. “Our business has been fantastic.”

The salon will celebrate five years at 110 N. Hillside on March 18.

Currently, Shine has six styling chairs and eight stylists.

“We’re trying to accommodate 14 hair stylists at our new space,” Sigg says. “We are actively looking for … hair stylists to come work with us over there.”

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You don’t say

“‘So let me get this straight. Everything in your house is for sale?’ And I looked over at my husband, and I said, ‘Well, right now he’s not, but that could change.’”

Sharon Nelson on a conversation she had with a customer in her home before she opened Nelson Designs at the Shops at Tallgrass

“Shipping Wars” features ‘Til We Meet Again

WICHITA — More than a year after filming, “Shipping Wars” aired footage of ’Til We Meet Again shipping a custom casket on Jan. 16.

Nathan Smith says he and business partner Traci Smith-Cone weren’t allowed to publicize the A&E show’s air date, but the episode will replay on Feb. 3.

Smith says the show shot more than three hours of footage but used only a minute and a half.

“It was a lot of fun doing it.”

The show didn’t use the ’Til We Meet Again name, but it mentioned Smith and Wichita, so people have found the store.

“We’ve had so many calls about it already,” he says. “You can’t pay for advertisement like that.”

It’s given Smith-Cone an opportunity to tease Smith, too.

“She’s said it’s always frightening to see me at 52 inches.”

Wichita Vending to be Premier Food Service

WICHITA — Almost a year ago, Wichita Vending purchased Wichita Canteen. Now, the company is changing its name.

It looks like Premier Food Service will be the new name.

That’s a name that Wichita Canteen has used for its food division.

Look for more news about the change soon.

Starbucks to expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Starbucks is expanding its space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

No one with the company is sharing details, but April Reed of Slawson Cos. confirms it’s happening.

Starbucks, which has been at NewMarket since 2003, currently has 1,500 square feet. It’s expanding into the 1,475-square-foot space Cartridge World left last summer.

Slawson has done exterior work to get the new space ready for Starbucks.

“One of their concerns was that each of those storefronts had its own distinct look,” Reed says. “They wanted to make it look like it was one cohesive space.”

The coffee chain is now in the design and permitting phase.

“They’re shooting to open in May,” Reed says.

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You don’t say

“I don’t know whether he’s seen it and found it hilarious or not.”

Wichita Inn North general manager Wes McGregor on a sign employees put up that says, “Highly recommended by the owner”

Private equity firm invests $100 million in Jack DeBoer’s Value Place

UPDATED — How hard is it to get a $100 million investment in a company?

If you’re Jack DeBoer, apparently not that hard. At least it wasn’t in a recent deal with New York-based private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC, which is going to invest $100 million in DeBoer’s Value Place chain of extended-stay properties and short-term apartments.

“It was sort of a …hit the bull’s-eye on the first shot,” says Value Place president and COO Kyle Rogg. “Jack knew somebody who knew somebody who knew somebody, and it worked out from the very first meeting.”

Extensive due diligence “became a contract, became a hundred million.”

“It was relatively fast and extraordinarily cordial,” Rogg says. “It was a little bit of love at first sight. … They like Jack’s vision and like the team.”

The infusion from Lindsay Goldberg, which manages $10 billion in total capital, will allow Value Place to expand more quickly than it otherwise would have.

“It’s going to allow us to do, really, three main things,” Rogg says.

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GracePoint Church signs additional lease at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — GracePoint Church has signed a lease for more space at the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler

The church’s first lease was in 2009 to take the former Cinemas West space.

Now, it’s taking space for a student ministry where a photography business used to be.

“When we designed our original worship facility, we didn’t really design for a dedicated student ministry space,” executive pastor Terry Johnson says. “But as the ministry continued to grow, we saw a need for it.”

Some student groups have met in the church’s lobby.

“We knew that wasn’t going to suffice for the health of the ministry,” Johnson says.

When the photography space became available, he says, “We thought it might be a good opportunity to provide some room for them.”

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Following renovations, the new space should be ready the first week of February.

You don’t say

“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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