Daily Archives: Sept. 19, 2013

You don’t say

“You may think it’s really small, but let me tell you, this is really huge.”

Ballet Wichita executive director Barbara Chamberlin on the October Runner’s World, which she calls the bible for runners, writing a snippet and running a photograph from the Ballet Wichita 5K Art Run

Waitresses to reopen Bigs Bar and Grill

WICHITA — Two longtime Bigs Bar and Grill waitresses are going to reopen the business, which closed early this summer.

“When Juanita shut down … everybody missed it,” Brenda Werth says of former owner Juanita Albert.

Werth worked at the business, which is at Central and Ridge Road, for 19 years.

She and Kim Kirkland, who was a waitress there for 15 years, previously discussed taking over the business but they “just never followed through with any of it at the time,” Werth says.

“Let’s go do it,” she says they decided.

“All the same employees are coming back,” Werth says.

They’ve remodeled the space, added some menu items and are waiting on their license from the city before reopening.

“It should be in a couple of weeks.”

Train Insane CrossFit to open downtown

WICHITA – Cole Warner and Breanna Long hope to take advantage of the fitness craze CrossFit and otherwise with their new Train Insane CrossFit gym.

The two, who used to work for another Wichita fitness business, will open theirs in 7,000 square feet at 235 N. Emporia.

Warner says he was helping his previous employer find space for another gym when he found this downtown space. He says his employer decided not to use it, and he and Long decided they wanted it.

“I like the open view,” Warner says. He says his building isn’t surrounded by others.

“People can see us driving by very easily.”

Warner is a former Friends University football player, and he now is a linebacker coach there.

Long is a former Valley Center cheerleader. She says she was going to go on to cheer at Wichita State University but was injured.

Then she got in on the fitness training craze and lost 30 pounds.

Train Insane CrossFit will have CrossFit classes and some boot camp-style training. Warner says it will be intense but “not so intense to scare people away.”

Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the space.

Train Insane will offer free one-week trials when it opens, which should be in early October.

Dillons to do fuel center at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — As promised, Sheila Lowrie contacted Have You Heard? to say that yes, Dillons is putting a fuel center at its store at 21st and Amidon.

For a long time, it looked like the company was preparing to do a gas station there, but there was no confirmation.

First, Dillons demolished the former Twin Lakes Liquor store that was on the northeast corner of the intersection.

Then, Dillons employees at that store started telling customers that the station was coming, but still there was no official confirmation.

Now, Lowrie says Conco Construction will begin the project on Sept. 23. There will be seven fuel dispensers for 14 fueling positions. Look for the project to be completed in November.