Daily Archives: Nov. 12, 2013

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“It’s hard to find someone bitching about a Bud Light.”

Cory Ross of the Pumphouse on why the bar business is better than the gasoline business

Better Than Cheesecake lingerie boutique to open downtown

WICHITA — Ben Backes is already getting plenty of practice answering a question he’s likely to be fielding for some time to come.

Backes is opening a store called Better Than Cheesecake at 106 S. Emporia, but it has nothing to do with food. It’s a lingerie boutique.

“The funny thing is people have asked me that even while we’re standing in front of the windows where it says right there, ‘Lingerie,’” Backes says.

He says inspiration for the name came from pinups from the 1940s and ’50s.

“There’s a certain style of those that was called cheesecake style,” Backes says.

Better Than Cheesecake will sell women’s lingerie from Europe, which Backes says generally has better material and design innovation than lingerie from elsewhere.

“I discovered European lingerie, like, 10 years ago,” he says. His store is “born out of frustration” due to a lack of places to find the lingerie.

Better Than Cheesecake also will sell perfume and what Backes calls special detergents.

“I’m hoping to be open in two weeks,” he says. “Black Friday at the latest.”

New York’s Dermot Co. sues Wichita’s the Butler Group over roof repairs

WICHITA — A New York firm has filed a lawsuit against TB Enterprises of Wichita, which does business as the Butler Group, for what it says was improper installation of new roofs on apartment complexes it owns here.

Dermot Co. owns the Village Park apartment communities of Eastborough, Cedarbrooke, Rockborough and Woodgate. Wichita attorney Mitchell Herren says the company hired Butler to do roof work in 2009 and 2010 following hail damage.

“Basically, after the hail damage was fixed, it turned out a lot of the shingles had been falling off,” Herren says. “It appears that they were improperly installed.”

Butler founder and managing partner Adam McCollough didn’t return calls for comment.

“We are not sure yet, but it looks like the Butler might have used some subcontractors,” Herren says.

He says he’s not sure why, but “there was some kind of a communication breakdown there before I got involved.”

Herren says now Butler has a new attorney involved.

“Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some better negotiations going.”

Herren says having Butler make new repairs to the roofs could be an option for his clients.

“They’re open to different options,” he says. “Whatever gets the … roofs fixed the most quickly and the most efficient way.”