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“A friend, a frenemy, a friend again, an amazing adviser and cheerleader.”

Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates on Beth King of King Merj Public Relations

Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates unveils new logo, brand

WICHITA — She may be used to speaking in front of hundreds of people, but it was a visibly emotional, excited Beth Tully who addressed employees, friends and family Thursday afternoon to debut a new logo and brand for her Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates.

Cocoa Dolce logo

Tully said it was the fact that it was those close to her instead of “the strangers you can imagine naked” that got to her.

“It’s been eight years in the coming,” Tully says of the rebranding. “We did some soul searching. . . . We really dug deep.”

She says the conclusion was that her current logo and brand don’t reflect the experience customers have in the store.

Her new logo “is something that’s joyful and happy.” Tully says that compares to more “stuffy” brands that fine chocolatiers — including herself — traditionally have.

“It is way more reflective of our style,” Tully says of the colorful, whimsical logo.

“This is going to be a transition,” she says.

That includes new taglines for the store to help during the changeover, such as, “Change never tasted so yummy.”

Parks Fortune and King Merj Public Relations helped make the change, and photographer Gavin Peters created new photographs to go with a reconstructed website.

Tully opened Cocoa Dolce in 2005 in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock and moved to Bradley Fair in 2009. She has a second store planned for the Prairiefire development in Overland Park.

While the rebranding is a “fun, playful kind of thing,” Tully says it will do a lot for the store, too.

“We realized we had an opportunity,” she says. ”This takes us to . . . the next level.”