Daily Archives: Oct. 15, 2013

Lost Sock owner learning about games, plants and fish with varying success

WICHITA — Dan Schmidt is nothing if not an experimental Laundromat operator.

The Lost Sock owner is having mixed success with his latest endeavors.

First, he tried to provide some entertainment at his 1902 E. Pawnee Lost Sock with pool and video games.

“The focus was to get the kids occupied on something other than playing in the carts,” Schmidt says.

Now, the games are a little too much of a focus.

Schmidt says he’s heard from some customers that the Laundromat has “turned into a pool hall, and there’s people in there playing video games more than doing laundry.”

Though he says some people say, “This place has turned into a casino,” with lots of noise, he says there are others who are enjoying it.

“There’s both sides of the fence.”

Schmidt is one month into a one-year contract for the games. He’s not sure if he’ll keep them after that.

Over at his Lost Sock at 5455 S. Hydraulic, Schmidt says he’s made a substantial investment in the greenhouse that was already on his property when he purchased it in 2009. He says he’s using the heat from the greenhouse to help quickly heat his dryers.

“It’s tied right to the Laundromat.”

Now, Schmidt is heading to Florida to learn about using fish water to feed hydroponic plants.

“I’m going to class this week on it,” he says.

Schmidt is visiting a self-sustaining farm to learn about raising fish behind the greenhouse and using the water that the fish fertilize to feed his plants. He then plans to purify the water to feed the fish and eventually sell them. Schmidt is still learning how the entire process works.

He’ll be in class for two weeks.

“It’s really intensive.”

Schmidt says he had a vision when he purchased his Hydraulic property.

“I saw all the potential in the world,” he says.

“I’ve always liked greenhouses and plants and trees. It’s just appealing to me – more than the laundry business.”


Integrity Chiropractic Center to open at Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — Just as the new driver’s license bureau is opening at Bristol Square in Derby, another new tenant has signed a lease at the shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s pretty good visibility,” chiropractor Ross Rawlins says of opening Integrity Chiropractic Center there early next month.

“I came back to Derby because this is actually where I grew up, and it’s just a really great place to raise a family.”

Rawlins and his wife are expecting their first child.

After graduating in 2011, Rawlins says he wasn’t sure where he wanted to practice. He wound up in Texas.

“Working in Texas made me kind of realize I wanted to go back to Kansas,” Rawlins says.

“I like a simple community,” he says. “I like to be able to go to the grocery store and know somebody there.”

Rawlins is calling his clinic Integrity Chiropractic Center in part after the integrity of the spine but also because of the kind of business he wants to run.

“I know a lot of people in town, and I wanted to kind of help serve them.”

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Sugar Salon to open at Normandie Center

WICHITA — After more than a decade working in downtown Wichita, stylist Susan Brady is opening a new salon at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

Sugar Salon will open in mid-November in 1,200 square feet, which is bigger than Brady’s current Salon Lush at Occidental Plaza and smaller than Urban Image, which she used to have at Old Town Square.

“I would rather keep it small and intimate,” Brady says. “It makes for a cozier, more friendly environment.”

The chief difference with the new salon, other than being on the east side, is that Brady is once again going to have an Aveda salon.

“We had decided when we opened Salon Lush we would not carry Aveda; we would see what else is out there to offer,” Brady says.

She missed the quality of Aveda’s products and color along with Aveda’s education and “just their general support.”

“I finally realized I just need to stay with Aveda,” Brady says. “So when the opportunity presented itself to open … another Aveda salon, I of course jumped at the chance.”

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