Daily Archives: June 14, 2013

You don’t say

“I wish.”

Bigs Bar & Grill owner Juanita Albert, who is closing her 27-year-old business for a lot of reasons that unfortunately don’t include retirement

City to waive Century II parking fees for the weekend due to pay system issues

WICHITA — The city of Wichita is testing a new parking payment system at Century II, and so far, it’s not getting a stellar grade.

“This may not be the solution,” says John D’Angelo, the city’s director of arts and cultural services. “That’s why we call it a test.”

Particularly long lines for Music Theatre of Wichita this week had some people resorting to not paying instead of standing in long lines at one of four pay stations on the north end of the lot.

“We’re going to waive the enforcement of those for the rest of the weekend,” D’Angelo says. “We don’t want to keep people out in the heat. The lines for whatever reason have gotten really long.”

Part of the problem is one of the machines is malfunctioning, he says. The problem isn’t limited to this week, though.

“To be honest with you, no,” D’Angelo says. “With Music Theatre, we’re seeing a larger scale of that happening.”

Previously, Century II visitors had to pay at one of 325 parking meters at each parking spot. Those are still there, but they’re not in use while the new system is tested.

Testing began in May and will be done in the middle of July.

“We’re looking at ways to improve the situation,” D’Angelo says. “And you know, we’ve learned a lot from it. Not all good, but some bad.”

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Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop to open at Oxford Square in July

WICHITA — After years of working for others, Paris and Mark Walker are opening their own business.

Their Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop will open next month in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn.

Paris Walker says “just the independence” of having their own place appealed to them.

“That motivated us,” she says.

She’s a cosmetologist, and Mark Walker is a barber. The shop will employ at least two other stylists and two other barbers as well.

Paris Walker says where she works now is not particularly kid friendly.

“I’m a very family oriented person,” she says.

She says she’ll welcome children of employees at the shop.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Walker says she and her husband like the traffic in the area and that it’s close to dining and a beauty supply store. She also thinks there’s a lot of people near there who can benefit from the shop’s services.

“It was just a really good area as far as the neighborhood.”