Daily Archives: Sept. 4, 2013

You don’t say

“I mean, chili is known for its distinct aroma in (whatever) form.”

Wagonmaster Bryan Frye, creator of marketing posters for this year’s Sept. 28 chili cookoff that feature a person in a gas mask under the words, “Who had the chili?”

Ghost signs disappear from former Cox Produce building but will reappear

WICHITA — Almost two decades after purchasing the former Cox Produce building in Old Town, Marcey and Gary Gregory are finally giving the building the facelift they feel it deserves.

“We really love that building, and we just felt like she needed a little TLC,” says Marcey Gregory, the mayor of Goddard.

The building is home to First Gear, among other businesses. The Gregorys sold the business earlier this year, and new owner Greg Reed had a new First Gear sign painted on the building. Marcey Gregory says she and her husband liked how the new sign looked and felt confident enough in the painter, Kerry Unrein Painting & Signs, to repaint the ghost signs still legible on the building.

Ghost signs are older, faded signs still visible on buildings or ones from the past that become newly exposed on buildings. The Gregorys have had the ghost signs, such as ones advertising fresh fruit and produce, painted over on their building. Now they’re going to have the same parts of the building freshly painted with new letters.

“It’s going to say the same thing,” Marcey Gregory says. “It’s improving the look of it.”

Though there are many city codes that protect historic properties such as this 1907 building, there are no codes that address ghost signs.

“Yes, they are historic, but it’s up to the property owner if they maintain them, how they maintain them or if they want to get rid of them,” says Kathy Morgan, a senior planner with the city.

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Wichita attorney purchases most of Complete Landscaping’s local assets

UPDATED — Almost all of Complete Landscaping Systems’ local business has sold.

“We have purchased 90 percent of their local operations,” says Rick Hodge, a bankruptcy attorney.

Hodge owns Yard Concerns, a company that until now has mainly existed to service commercial and residential properties he owns.

“Now we’re going to try to grow it and branch out,” Hodge says.

During a slower season in a month or two, Hodge says he’ll relocate equipment he purchased from Complete Landscaping to another building.

“We are not Complete Landscaping by any means,” he says. “Complete is still in existence.”

Complete Landscaping owner Laura McMurray didn’t have an immediate comment.

The company, which McMurray purchased in 2010, has had a series of financial and legal issues since then, much of them stemming from a dispute with Bank of America, which once had been a large national account for the company.

“I know that Complete has been having a lot of problems,” Hodge says. “I knew they had some cash flow problems. … I’m fearful their entire ship is or was sinking.”

His career as a bankruptcy attorney influenced his decision to buy most of Complete Landscaping’s local assets and accounts, he says.

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