Daily Archives: May 17, 2013

Pink Door What-Not Shop in Delano to shrink by 10,000 square feet

WICHITA — When one door closes, it doesn’t necessarily mean another one opens.

In the case of the Pink Door What-Not Shop in Delano, the closing of one of the two buildings the store has will mean a much smaller shop.

“We have two buildings side-by-side, and we’re not going to be able to renew our lease on our big building,” says co-owner Deborah Weber.

She says the rent is going up, which is why the shop is leaving that side.

The 2-year-old store, which sells collectibles, antiques, furniture and home decor, is at 1316 W. Douglas.

Its small building is 1,300 square feet, and its big one is 10,000 square feet.

“We’re working on getting the furniture side closed down,” Weber says. “We’re going to see if we can make it without the big building.”

The store still will carry some furniture, but not as much.

“We’re going to do some reconfiguring on the floor in here,” Weber says of fitting it on the small side.

She says business has been up and down since the Pink Door opened.

“It’s been a little rough lately.”

If the smaller version of the shop doesn’t do well, Weber says she’s not sure if the store will move or close.

“We haven’t even thought that far ahead,” she says. “We keep our fingers crossed and just hope we can keep our nostrils above the water line.”

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“I tell people it’s OK to drink more beer. I know because I’m a doctor.”

Blue Moon Brewing founder Keith Villa, who has a doctorate in brewing, speaking at the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner May 16

Financial and other challenges delay opening of Pacific Coast Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue near Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Pacific Coast Pizza and Walkers Bar and Venue were supposed to open next to Intrust Bank Arena in March, but they’re still not in business yet.

While construction and other delays are common when opening restaurants, there are more than typical delays happening here.

“Just some unforeseen events came up,” says building owner Ryan Mills.

He says the restaurants will still open at 222 S. Commerce St. That’s at the south end of a series of buildings attached to the back of the former Spaghetti Works space, which is east of the arena.

“The project … hit some hurdles that were in the road and caused us to kind of take a step back and regroup, and we encountered some challenges that we didn’t necessarily think were going to happen,” Mills says.

He won’t go into details, but he says there are issues on his end and with restaurateurs Aaron Moore and Rusty Law.

“I would say there’s been challenges on both sides that need to be worked out,” Mills says. “There’s some things … I’ve been working on for the past few weeks and anticipate in a very short period of time those things coming together.”

Some of the challenges are financial.

“We’re working through a couple of different options for how to fund the rest of the project,” Mills says.

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