Daily Archives: Oct. 2, 2013

You don’t say

“If you don’t know the web well, it will be really discouraging and leave a bad taste in your mouth.”

– Wichita’s Teajai Kimsey of Internet Idea Girl, quoted in a Bloomberg story on implementation of Obamacare and how she’s more tolerant of first-day issues than some

Apadana rug store to close in January

WICHITA — Another downtown business is leaving, but unlike Lawrence Photo’s move that was announced earlier today, this one’s not going anywhere else.

“I don’t feel good,” Bahman Raisdana says of closing his Apadana rug store. “I just love this business.”

Raisdana is a native of Iran and moved to Kansas in 1973 to get his MBA. In 1974, he started Apadana mainly as a wholesale rug business. He moved into his current retail space at 1312 E. Douglas in 1989.

Along the way, Raisdana had stores in Lawrence, Topeka and Kansas City.

“This is the last store I am closing,” he says.

Part of the reason behind the closure is Raisdana’s retirement. He and his wife have been commuting to Seattle to be with their sons and plan to retire there.

“I don’t want to work that hard anymore,” Raisdana says.

He says a big reason behind the closing, though, is the economy.

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Lawrence Photo to leave downtown after 125 years for move to Normandie Center

WICHITA — After 125 years in the greater downtown area, Lawrence Photo is leaving.

“When you leave the core area of the city that you’ve been in for 125 years … it’s a tough decision to make,” says owner Paul Hudson.

He’s moving the store from 401 E. Douglas to Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

“I thought it was just the sweetest intersection of the city,” Hudson says.

That’s because Normandie is home to the Twizted Confections and Sweetly Scrumptious bakeries.

“And then I’m going to round it out with Whole Foods on the healthy side,” Hudson says.

He also likes that the Seafood Shop and Yoder Meats are there, and Great Harvest Bread Co. is nearby across Woodlawn.

“I don’t have to drive to go to the grocery store ever again,” Hudson says.

“I like the neighborhood, and it still has a neighborhood feel. The demographics are right there.”

The business started in 1877 as Lawrence Drug Store and was located downtown where the Intrust Bank parking garage is now. Hudson says in 1888 owner Charles Lawrence signed the first Kodak dealership west of the Mississippi with George Eastman of Eastman Kodak.

In more recent years, Hudson has expanded his business to include custom framing along with printing.

“It’s a major portion of business,” he says. “We’re certainly wanting to expand that framing and printing.”

At the new space, which is in the 3,000 square feet where Pathfinder Birkenstock used to be, Hudson will begin having photography classes. He says he’s been getting a lot of requests for them.

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NAI Martens begins handling management, leasing at Prairie Village Shopping Center

WICHITA — For only the second time in its almost 50-year history, the family that owns Prairie Village Shopping Center has hired a new company to handle management and leasing.

The center, which is at the southwest corner of 13th and Woodlawn, was built in 1964.

“It’s an iconic shopping center for the people who have lived in Wichita,” says Elyssa Seymour, a broker with NAI Martens who is handling leasing.

“It’s a high-traffic center,” she says.

Dillons anchors the center, which is also home to the Candle Club. Kwik Shop opened there earlier this year.

“They’re getting a ton of traffic,” Seymour says. “That’s going to really help draw in visibility and draw in people to the location.”

There are five spaces, or a little more than 12,000 square feet, for lease at the 85,623-square-foot center.

Seymour says there are a lot of houses in the area, and the center is more of a neighborhood market than a destination area.

“The rates will be more competitive,” she says.

Seymour says some updates should be coming to the center, such as remodeling the facade, “just to get it more in line with the market.”

For now, she says, “We just need to put it … back in the front of people’s minds.”