Daily Archives: Sept. 12, 2013

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“Take the gasoline tanks out and say goodbye.”

Jim Ross on this week’s removal of underground storage tanks at the Pumphouse, where he says gallons of beer are now making a much better profit than gallons of gas used to

WSU student gets a ‘serious’ reaction for Florida Georgia Line video

WICHITA — Last summer, when Wichita State University student Jennifer Coen told her friends she was appearing in a music video, she says “everyone thought it was, like, pretty cool.”

Few people knew the band, though.

Now that band, Florida Georgia Line, has gone on to have a huge hit with that song, “Cruise,” and its video. The band is appearing tonight at Intrust Bank Arena, and Coen’s friends are now more than impressed that she was in the video.

“They’re just like, ‘Are you serious?’”

The senior marketing major has done some modeling with a Nashville agency, which is how she landed the video gig. She appears in a purple tank top in the video (the one that doesn’t bare a bellybutton).

Coen also interned for a Nashville record label and wants to be in marketing for the entertainment industry.

She isn’t looking for a career in music videos, though she did have a great time in the video, which included getting to throw colored corn starch around.

“It was really, really fun.”

She made her father proud, too.

Steve Coen, president and CEO at the Kansas Health Foundation, says the video was a great opportunity.

“You just want the best for your children and want them to experience … whatever they want to do while they’re young.”

The Sugar Shak Too, a Daylight Donuts franchise, to open at Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — Daylight Donuts franchisees Diane and Mike Hall, who own the Sugar Shak near 21st and Tyler, have surprised their children and decided to open a second doughnut shop.

According to their children, the Halls have been talking about doing a second shop “every day for the past six years,” Diane Hall says.

So when Mike Hall came home one day and said, “I’ve got it. I’ve got the location,” Diane Hall says her skeptical children didn’t believe it.

“My kids just kind of rolled their eyes like, ‘Yeah, OK.’”

It’s true, though. The Halls are opening the Sugar Shak Too, which will say Daylight Donuts out front, at the newest strip center at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.

“The demand over here is actually very high,” Diane Hall says. She says when east-siders hear she owns the west-side doughnut shop, they always say they wish she’d come east, too.

“We’re kind of going on that,” Diane Hall says. “Just kind of a hunch.”

Landmark Commercial Real Estate broker Craig Simon, who handled the deal, also told the Halls he thinks the growing area will be great for their business.

The 1,400-square-foot space, which is slightly larger than the west-side Sugar Shak’s space, will have a drive-through. Hall says that “is going to be a plus.”

The business will be on the opposite end cap of PostNet, which recently moved from around the corner and now has a drive-through of its own.

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Kansas City group to restore historic apartments near WaterWalk

Two of the three downtown apartment buildings a Kansas City company is looking to convert into affordable housing.

WICHITA — A Kansas City group is looking to renovate historic apartments from the early 1900s across from WaterWalk.

“We restore historic properties,” says Jason Swords of Sunflower Development Group.

His group has not yet purchased the properties, which are at 507 and 509 S. Market and 514 S. Main St.

“We’re going to convert the three buildings to affordable housing,” Swords says.

The almost $6 million development will be a mix of studio apartments and one-bedroom units.

Residents will have to meet salary requirements to qualify for the housing.

“We had to work with the people of WaterWalk and the surrounding neighbors,” Swords says.

Sunflower is seeking affordable housing and historic tax credits.

Swords says the city of Wichita has approved bonds for the project, but the state hasn’t allocated the money yet, so he doesn’t want to say too much about the project yet.

Look for more information in the coming weeks.