Daily Archives: Sept. 17, 2013

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“I learned to talk in soundbites for all the wrong reasons.”

Equity Bank president and CEO Brad Elliott on years ago learning to talk in simple sentences in order to get the right message across in television interviews

Picasso’s Pizzeria to open in Derby

WICHITA — Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt is going to open a second restaurant, but it’s not where he initially thought it would be.

“I’m still waiting on my favorite space on the east side to become available,” Schmidt says of Central and Vassar in College Hill.

While he’s waiting, Schmidt is going to open a Picasso’s in Bristol Square at Madison and Rock Road in Derby.

“Derby is just crazy right now with all the restaurants on Rock Road,” he says.

Bristol Square is where the state this fall is opening a new driver’s license bureau, which will be a couple of doors down from where Picasso’s will open in February.

The restaurant will be similar to Schmidt’s first Picasso’s, which opened in Delano last year.

The new Picasso’s will be in 2,000 square feet, which compares to 1,800 square feet in Delano. Schmidt hopes to have a few tables outdoors in front of the restaurant along with an indoor-outdoor patio in another area.

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Wichita Medical Associates to move into Alzheimer’s Association space

WICHITA — Now that the Alzheimer’s Association is leaving its space at 347 S. Laura, as Have You Heard? reported Monday, Wichita Medical Associates is preparing to move in.

Practice manager David Bise says physician Kevin Bryant wants to own his own space and be in a central location.

The practice is currently at 6130 E. Central near Central and Woodlawn.

Bryant specializes in long-term care for patients in assisted living and nursing homes.

This will be the first time he owns his own space. The move most likely will happen the second week of October.

The Alzheimer’s Association is moving later this month to 1820 E. Douglas, which Wichita Festivals is vacating for new space at 444 E. William.

“It’s been great working with the Alzheimer’s Association,” Bise says.

He particularly credits executive director Marsha Hills.

“She’s just been great with helping everybody coordinate efforts to get switched and little projects that everybody wants to get done before they move in.”

Popular former Welch Cleaners globe is broken but most likely will be fixed

The former Welch Cleaners globe where it sits waiting to be fixed.

WICHITA — There’s good news and bad news about the globe that used to be atop the former Welch Cleaners building at 749 N. Broadway.

First the bad news: The globe is damaged.

Building owner Evan Nguyen, who has been trying to sell or lease the property for a few years, wanted to have the globe’s lights repaired. He had some friends in the sign business take it down, which they did without incident until they got the light to the ground. When they released it from wire they’d used to remove it, the globe rolled away and got damaged.

“The whole globe, it broke,” Nguyen says.

The good news is, he says, his friends say the globe can be fixed. Most likely, that is.

“I don’t know if they can fix it or not,” Nguyen says.

He’s already been waiting a couple of months. Nguyen says he’s already paid his friends for the work to get the globe down.

“However, they disappointed me.”

The former Welch Cleaners globe in happier days.

There’s always been a lot of interest in the globe. Two years ago, Have You Heard? reported that the globe was attracting more interest than the building.

At the time, Nguyen said some people offered him a couple thousand dollars for it.

“I’m laughing,” he said then. “I don’t know why they’re crazy about it.”

Now that the globe is broken, though, Nguyen may be feeling a bit differently.

“I still feel very bad,” he says. His friends “always say, ‘Sorry, sorry, sorry.’

“But what do you do? There’s not another one like that.”