Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

Orpheum Theatre to become City Life Church’s new home on Sundays

WICHITA — City Life Church is living up to its name and moving to the heart of where a lot of Wichita city life happens.

The Southern Baptist church is moving to a new home at the Orpheum Theatre at First and Broadway.

“It’s just very unusual for a church to make a move like this,” says Joey Fink, a pastor at the church.

The almost 2-year-old City Life has been meeting at Abode Venue, but Fink says the congregation has outgrown the space.

He says there are about 400 people who attend the church weekly and as many as 700 for some services.

Fink says there are several reasons for locating at the Orpheum.

“People from all over the city can be downtown in 10 minutes,” he says. “We also believe in the downtown.”

Fink says the church considered several possible sites but felt the Orpheum would offer the maximum impact for its congregation and the city. He says the Orpheum rental allows the church to open with little overhead “versus tying ourselves to debt.”

He says that will allow City Life to concentrate on its various ministries throughout the city.

The church will lease space on the Orpheum’s second floor for offices and youth ministry areas. Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for almost 3,700 square feet on the second floor.

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You don’t say

“Puppies and people all over town are sad today.”

—Accountant David Jabara on the death of Doggy Day Care owner Marilyn Walk

Tea Nook to open at Douglas and Meridian

WICHITA – Linda Leach is bucking the trend of closing tearooms in Wichita by opening one.

The Tea Nook will open this fall at 2436 W. Douglas, which is at Douglas and Meridian.

“I just love doing little tea parties,” Leach says.

She and her husband have two other businesses — Leachrod and a bookkeeping business — in offices at that address.

Leach is calling her business the Tea Nook “because it’s in a little corner of the building.”

The tearoom will have seating for 20 and will be available by reservation for parties.

Bocconcini Italian Eatery and Bocco Deli to reopen this week after temporary hiatus

WICHITA — Nathan Toubia’s Bocconcini Italian Eatery and Bocco Deli have been closed since late last week, but he expects them to reopen by Wednesday or Thursday.

He says there are several reasons behind the temporary shutdowns.

“Mostly it was just catching up on paperwork, and I had the opportunity to get out of town,” Toubia says.

He says he couldn’t leave the businesses in the hands of staff.

“I lost a couple of cooks — a couple of key employees.”

Toubia says he handled a personal matter that needed his attention and then was able to take a good trip with his children to see family. He says he hasn’t had the opportunity to do that since opening Bocconcini a couple of years ago.

Sunshine Spa to open in Allied Building

WICHITA — A new therapeutic spa is opening next month at the Allied Building at 355 N. Waco.

California residents Sophia Duan and Mei Bian are moving to Wichita to open Sunshine Spa.

The two had some friends who opened businesses here and decided to do the same.

Sunshine Spa will offer acupressure, relaxation and hot stone treatments and facials. It will open June 9 or 10.

Calvin Klaassen with Utter Commercial Real Estate, which also is in the Allied Building, handled the deal.