Daily Archives: July 2, 2013

Bob Baker assumes presidency of Clark Investment Group; Steve Clark remains as chairman

WICHITA – Bob Baker is the new president of Clark Investment Group, but that doesn’t mean former president Steve Clark is going anywhere. He’s still chairman of the board of the real estate and investment firm.

“We need to start looking ahead,” says Clark, who is 71. “There’s still a role for me to play, but I need to be mindful if something happens to me.”

Clark says he wants “to have strong leadership in place.”

“They need to be able to operate without me, but I intend to contribute,” he says.

“Bob is a very hard working, very smart guy. He’s earned the right to move up and lead our company.”

Clark’s father, Layman, started the company in the 1950s. Clark began working there while he was in college in the 1960s.

“He mentored me and got me started in real estate investments,” Clark says.

He’s since expanded the company considerably. About 85 percent of the company’s focus is on real estate.

“We’re also entrepreneurial in terms of investing.”

Clark’s son, Stephen Clark II, also works at the company, but his father says he’s a little young to take over.

“There’s nothing like experience, and he’s getting some good experience now,” Clark says. “If he continues to grow, his time will come.”

Jill Landrith School of Dance to open in Delano

WICHITA — Longtime dance instructor Jill Landrith is reopening a dance studio, this time in Delano.

Wichita dancers know Landrith from Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center and from when she owned the Nancy Hervey School of Ballet from 2004 to 2009.

They also know her mother, June Landrith, who founded the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, taught here and then moved to Topeka and opened a ballet school. Jill Landrith says her mother had hoped she might take over her business.

“If she were in town, absolutely no question. I would have jumped happily into her place,” she says. “My official line to her is, ‘There really isn’t a QuikTrip in Topeka.’”

There is in Delano, though, where Landrith will open Jill Landrith School of Dance at 1600 W. Douglas across from the Wichita Fish Co.

Since losing her sublease at her former school, Landrith has been at Children’s Theatre.

“They’re absolutely wonderful,” she says. Landrith wants to work with students more as they progress through their training, though.

“I’d like to have more of a customized training plan for the dancers,” she says. “I find that nowadays dancers need to be so well rounded.”

She and other instructors will teach ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, lyrical dance and yoga.

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History Education Store to move to Reed’s Cove Plaza and change name to Bizzy Bee Education Supplies

WICHITA — The History Education Store is expanding with a new store and a new name.

Cheryl Riley’s store currently is in 1,200 square feet at 1719 N. Rock Road behind Havertys. It’s moving to 1,400 square feet with an option to expand next door for a total of 2,800 square feet at Reed’s Cove Plaza near 21st Street North and 127th Street East.

“Basically, it’s going to be a better location,” Riley says. “We’re going to be more visible.”

The store’s new name will be Bizzy Bee Education Supplies so it will be easier for potential customers to understand what the store is.

“People don’t know it’s supplies for parents and teachers,” Riley says. “It’s for anybody, really. Our customer base is really widespread. … It’ll be a better name to help identify ourselves.”

The History Education Store will be on the front of the store as well so current customers will know they can still get supplies there.

Riley formerly owned the Learning Tree in Andover, which closed in 2004. As she and her husband were cleaning out a shed several years ago, she found some replicas of documents, such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that she used to sell at her store.

“Instead of throwing them away, we decided to go ahead … and put them on Amazon and see if they would actually sell. They started selling very well.”

That grew into a business, which Riley incorporated in 2010. She then opened a storefront in 2012.

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