Daily Archives: Dec. 2, 2013

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“Obviously, I’m a lot better salesman than she is.”

– Car dealer Dawson Grimsley once again goading Spangles spokeswoman Rene Steven, who is one of ten celebrities trying to raise $40,000 in three hours on Saturday for the Salvation Army’s Mission of Hope

Essential Images Photography opens

WICHITA — Milt Mounts credits his wife, Amy, for nudging him to finally live his dream of owning a photography business.

“We toyed with the idea for a little bit,” says Mounts, who was marketing director for Alefs Harley-Davidson for more than six years.

He says his wife encouraged him that he “shouldn’t let any more time slip by when there’s a door of opportunity.”

So, after doing photography as a hobby for most of the last decade, Mounts is starting Essential Images Photography.

“My specialty is really going to be anything,” he says. “I’m going to take on any and all assignments.”

That could be portraits, weddings, sporting events, landscaping or anything indoors or outdoors.

“In all honesty, there’s not an assignment I’m going to refuse.”

Mounts has considered some studio space, but for now, he’s going to work out of his home with his wife’s blessing.

“We both walked through that door of opportunity, and we’re going to make this happen.”


Cheri’s Bakery owner lands cover of Bake

cheribakeWICHITA — Cheri Kovacic knew her Cheri’s Bakery likely would wind up in the November issue of Bake magazine, but she wasn’t prepared for what she found in her mailbox late last week.

Kovacic was at a convention a couple of months ago when she ran into the editor of Bake, which she describes as the go-to trade magazine for the baking industry.

She told him about a new system she implemented a year ago where customers use iPads to look at more than 2,000 pictures of cakes and cookies available at her store.

“Everybody wants to see something instantly,” Kovacic says. “It’s not just a visual gallery.”

Sales people can place orders on it, and cake and cookie decorators then use Kindles as guides while decorating.

“This is a digital thing that is secure at my location,” Kovacic says.

“It’s kind of the next step … trying to grow,” she says. “Customers love it.”

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Aisak Corp. purchases South Seneca property for redevelopment

WICHITA — Aisak Corp. president Bryan Nguyen has purchased what he calls “kind of a rundown building” – but one with good bones – at 3122 S. Seneca, with plans to modernize the interior and exterior.

“I’m hoping to draw some national tenants,” says Nguyen, whose company owns several apartment complexes and commercial buildings.

All Family Insurance is the only tenant currently in the 5,125-square-foot building, which leaves 4,500 square feet to lease.

Even before closing on the building, Nguyen began redoing the parking lot to get it done before colder weather arrived.

He plans to make the building’s windows bigger and add a mansard in the front.

“We’re going to basically take the front off and redo all of it,” Nguyen says.

He also plans to add an office and warehouse space or spaces in the back of the building, where he says he has about 15,000 square feet of land “to play with.”