Daily Archives: July 17, 2013

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“We can rule out Matt Damon and Vladimir Putin.”

Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Angie Prather on how this year’s annual speaker, who will be announced on Friday, isn’t a celebrity or politician but is an inquisitive businessman who’s going to “gallop” to town to Nov. 5

Mid-America Powersports to sell or close

WICHITA — Earlier this week, Ross Reed thought he was going to close his Mid-America Powersports. Since he began telling customers, though, there’s now a chance he could sell the business.

“It’s kind of one of those fluid situations,” Reed says.

The store, which opened in 1988 and is in four buildings at 333 N. West St., is “a mixture of several businesses that I purchased over the years,” Reed says.

He sells motorcycles, ATVs, watercraft and power products, such as lawnmowers.

“It’s a huge deal here, and it’s very rare in this industry unless you’re on one of the coasts,” Reed says of the variety of merchandise he offers. “We’re a destination store.”

Though Reed says the business is financially solid, the economy is behind his decision to close.

“My wife and I didn’t take this decision lightly,” he says. The struggle is too much, Reed says.

“We’re just tired.”

Reed hasn’t been successful in marketing the business for the last four years, so his plan was to close shop and sell his buildings. Marlin Penner of John T. Arnold Associates is helping him sell the property, which has more than four acres and could be divided. The buildings have a combined total of more than 40,000 square feet.

Now, Reed says there are four potential buyers, one of whom seems especially interested, and he says he’s willing to sell or lease his property.

If he’s forced to close, Reed says he hopes it might make people think twice before buying products that aren’t local.

“If you don’t support your local business, this is what happens.”

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Medicine Shoppe sells to CVS

WICHITA — After two decades in business, the Medicine Shoppe on West 21st Street a half mile west of 21st and Amidon is closing.

“It really was such perfect timing because I knew I wouldn’t be able to compete against the big three there,” owner Ricky Tejeda says of Dillons and Walmart, which are already at the intersection, and the new CVS that opens on the northwest corner on Sunday.

“The piece of the pie is just getting smaller and smaller.”

Tejeda says CVS bought his business.

“Yeah, they did because they didn’t want to open up with zero prescriptions,” he says.

CVS also offered him a job, which he’ll take, though Tejeda isn’t sure how long he’ll stay.

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Kay & Bee Studios to open photography business in Old Town

WICHITA — Candid outdoor shots have long been the the pictures that photographers Ashley Burbank and Ashley Knolla prefer, but now they’re taking their business inside for some shots with a new Old Town studio.

The two, who have worked on their own for the past five years with Knolla’s Stellar Photography and Burbank’s Jean Snaps photography business, have formed Kay & Bee Studios. They’re moving into part of the loft space at 914 E. Douglas, which is where New Earth Journey also is opening a few doors east of Larkspur.

“We can definitely grow into it as we get more into indoor studio work,” Knolla says of the 550-square-foot space.

“We love the wood floors and the brick,” she says. “It looks all original, and it’s really rustic in there. It has a lot of character.”

Knolla says there’s also a lot of light from the space’s large windows.

The company will offer wedding and lifestyle photography, which Burbank describes as their take on more traditional portrait photography.

“We like to capture them in their element,” she says of clients.

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