Daily Archives: April 9, 2013

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“Really, where’s Amtrak when you need them?”

WSU’s Joe Kleinsasser, who experienced several issues with United Airlines on his Tuesday return from Washington where he helped release the school’s Airline Quality Rating, which ranked United as the worst-performing airline out of 14 on its list

Koi Fusion to open Monday in former Samurai space near 37th and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Dave Wan and his wife, Nasy Chan, have chosen a name for the new restaurant they’re bringing to the 37th and Woodlawn area and are ready to open.

Koi Fusion opens Monday in the former Samurai space near the southeast corner of the intersection.

The former Portland, Ore., residents plan a fusion of Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese food.

Wan is from Hong Kong. Chan has Cambodian and Vietnamese roots.

Dishes will include teriyaki, pho noodles and hibachi grill cooking.

Koi Fusion will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“I hope to open one on the west side,” Wan says. “It just depends on how business goes.”

He’s hoping for a little luck, which is why Wan chose the Koi name.

“Koi is a good luck kind of symbol.”

Bang Bang T-shirt shop to open within Bluebird Arthouse in Delano

WICHITA — An excess of space is leading to another new venture at Bluebird Arthouse.

Owner Emily Brookover already uses the second story above her Delano shop to have an art market once a month, and she uses a wall downstairs for gallery space.

Now, she’s going to use an area near the front of the store to operate Bang Bang, a T-shirt business featuring original art.

“We’re banging out some T-shirts,” Brookover says.

She says she’ll be doing it more economically than Internet sites that help artists create shirts.

“It’s really cool, so I was thinking I could do something (like) that but on a local level,” she says. “We are hopefully going to do it grassroots style.”

Brookover is partnering with Phil Ross and Adam Phillips of Straight Screenprinting to create T-shirts from art.

“So we’re keeping it all local,” she says.

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Mayes Custom Kitchen & Bath to open in former Design Etc. space

WICHITA — Three years after branching into her own business, Wendy Mayes is now going to branch into her own place.

Mayes Custom Kitchen & Bath is moving from within Accent Interiors to the former Design Etc. space near the northwest corner of Central and Edgemoor.

“Probably the biggest thing will be exposure,” Mayes says of having her business name on the door. “It’ll be a lot easier to find me.”

Mayes says she’s been in the design business since 1995, and for a long time she worked for others.

After opening her business, Mayes says she did some remodeling work for Accent Interiors, which is how she came to have showroom space there.

Mayes says she’s part of a small group of kitchen and bath designers who are trained and certified and have interior design degrees. Some of them have recently retired, which is part of why she says she decided to get her own storefront.

“It’s just kind of good timing,” she says.

Though Mayes will take possession of the new space April 15, she won’t immediately have regular hours or a showroom. She plans to by the fall.

“Over the summer it really will … evolve.”