Daily Archives: March 4, 2013

Former Planet Hair stylists open Studio 11 Hair and Beauty in Riverside

WICHITA — A couple of former Planet Hair stylists opened their own salon March 4.

Jaime Pratt and Carla Sumner opened Studio 11 Hair and Beauty in the building next to the new R Coffeehouse – formerly Riverside Perk – at 1136 N. Bitting.

The 500-square-foot space is attached to the restaurant.

Pratt says she and Sumner looked to numerology for inspiration for the salon name. She says the number 11 is significant to them.

“It’s kind of a really goofy,” Pratt says. “It means new beginnings, and I needed a new beginning. … I was just ready to do my own thing, mostly.”

The numbers in their address add up to 11, and the business is on the corner of 11th and Bitting.

Another former Planet Hair stylist, Tricia Huntley, will rent space at Studio 11.

Pratt says the salon will carry Eufora products.

“Not a lot of people have it around here.”

She says the product line uses aloe vera as its base.

“It smells great, and it’s really cool.”

Haysville mayor decides to let economic development group continue to meet at City Hall; future of group is uncertain

WICHITA — A few days have passed since Haysville Mayor Ken Hampton quit Haysville Forward Inc., the city’s economic development group, and he’s had time to reexamine the situation.

Not much has changed, although Hampton has decided he’ll allow the group to continue to meet at City Hall.

“We’re going to go ahead and allow them to meet where they have been meeting.”

He and the city’s other representative on the committee won’t be there, though, because of Hampton’s frustration over losing a March 1 vote to continue as the group’s president.

“So basically, nothing’s changed. … They’ll just have a little harder time making quorum,” Hampton says. “Sometimes we do have trouble getting enough people there to get a quorum in the first place.”

There have been 16 members, and it takes nine people for a quorum. Now, there are 14 members.

“It’s one of those unfortunate things, but it happened,” Hampton says.

“I agree with him on that,” says Tim Massey, director of the Haysville Chamber of Commerce.

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“There’s no one more despised than myself whenever we’re facing snow.”

– March 4 downtown Rotary Club speaker and Wichita Superintendent John Allison, who made some parents scramble for child-care arrangements with four recent snow days (although he failed to note how happy he made most kids)

Kobe Steak House of Japan in Derby has closed, but Starbucks and Braum’s are opening, possibly followed by Chipotle

WICHITA — Derby’s loss is going to be Wichita’s gain.

Kobe Steak House of Japan, which opened three years ago in the former Tokyo Steakhouse space at 1221 N. Rock Road in Derby, closed after business March 2.

Jim Hamlin, who owns the restaurant with Jim West, says they plan to reopen in Wichita.

They already have a Kobe at 21st and Maize Road. Hamlin won’t say where the new one will be.

“I’ll tell you that a little later.”

Hamlin says the Derby Kobe was profitable, but not enough.

“We hadn’t been as successful there as we’d like to be.”

He says there were issues with the building, including too much square footage for the number of diners it could seat, and a too-small parking lot.

“It just had a number of barriers to growing down there,” Hamlin says. “It takes a lot of population to have a specialty restaurant.”

It’s not all bad dining news for Derby, though.

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