Daily Archives: April 12, 2013

Second west-side Emperor’s Japanese Grill to open near Maple and Ridge

WICHITA — A new Emperor’s Japanese Grill is coming to the west side, and the original is staying put as well.

The latest Emperor’s will open in front of the Target near Maple and Ridge.

“We’re hoping early June,” says co-owner Nel Son.

The first Emperor’s opened almost eight years ago near 21st and Ridge. The second opened three years ago on the east side near Central and Greenwich.

The third restaurant will seat about 55.

Son says he has no other locations planned for now.

The Workroom to open in the Domestic Design Building to offer custom creations

WICHITA — Designer Janelle King is expanding beyond her JK Design with a new sister business called the Workroom.

The Workroom, which will be at 1425 E. Douglas in what formerly was known as the Domestic Laundry building, will offer what King calls home tech textile fabrication, such as custom drapes, pillows and bedding.

“It’s kind of a lost art,” King says of sewing.

Through her design business, King says she saw a growing need for the Workroom, especially since she says a lot of seamstresses in the area are retiring.

The store won’t carry fabric on site.

“The workroom’s going to be the main thing.”

King will have a small retail space for accents and accessories, though.

“It’s going to be complementary things.”

That includes window hardware, pillow and duvet inserts and some basic bedding to layer with custom bedding created by the Workroom.

There also will be some miscellaneous home decor items that will be unique to her shop. The store will sell Mythic Paint as well.

Tim Blacker, who formerly worked for a costume design company on Broadway, will oversee the Workroom and be the primary one who sews.

“He’s … a total gem,” King says.

The business will be open to retail customers, but King says, “Our biggest target is going to be designers.”

The Workroom will have a soft opening next week.

It’ll be in 2,200 square feet at the newly named Domestic Design Building, which King says is filling up with creative businesses.

“So it’s a perfect fit.”

Supplement World to open in Andover

WICHITA — A supplement store is opening in Andover next month because Dustin West says he saw a need in the area.

His Supplement World will be an independent store, not a franchise.

“I’ve been in the fitness industry,” West says of working at gyms.

He’s also helped clients with fitness and diet plans and believes in the supplements he’ll be selling.

“I have a passion for the industry and the products.”

That includes various general health, fitness and vitamin supplements.

The store will be in 1,000 square feet at 321 S. Andover Road.

Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

There’s no firm opening date yet, but it’ll be sometime in the middle of May.

“I’m excited to help the area out and get everybody in shape,” West says of his store.

“This is hopefully the first of many.”