Daily Archives: Dec. 17, 2013

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“No one has been able to copy her style. This is just another testament to that.”

Billie Ayers of Dessin Fournir, the Plainville design company that acquired vintage designer Rose Cumming’s company in 2005 and licensed her banana leaf pattern on wallpaper for use in the Black Eyed Pea’s video “I Gotta Feeling” and now on curtains in the new Disney movie “Saving Mr. Banks

Hue Wichita to open on Commerce Street

WICHITA — Artists Sean Ward and Lindy Wiese are opening a new gallery on Commerce Street next spring.

“Pretty much we’ve been in the process of opening this for a few months now,” Ward says of Hue Wichita.

He says they’re about to get their city construction permit and then will spend a few months “pretty much renovating the entire space” at 430 S. Commerce.

The almost 1,000 square feet is bare now.

The gallery will be home to work by Ward and Wiese along with other local and national artists.

“That’s one of the big things we want to do to help promote art in Wichita,” Ward says.

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DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Elvis hasn’t left the building yet, but he’s planning on it.

Shawn ElvisWillson and Doug Brewer are moving their DeVille’s Barbershop to the space at Eaton Place that Visual Fusion is vacating.

“As a barber, it’s a prime location,” Brewer says.

He expects a lot of walk-in traffic and business from nearby tenants, of which he says there are many.

The plan is to slightly change the name of the business and go with a “very old school” style, Brewer says.

The name DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor shows “the focus of where we’re going,” he says.

Brewer says he and Willson want to “go back to roughly the ’20s, ’30s, when they did a lot of shaves – straight razor shaves.”

“They’re getting more popular as the days go by,” Brewer says.

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Sunflower Development Group could start downtown apartment work by spring

Two of the three downtown apartment buildings a Kansas City company is looking to convert into affordable housing.

Two of the three downtown apartment buildings a Kansas City company is looking to convert into affordable housing.

WICHITA — Kansas City-based Sunflower Development Group still has plans to renovate historic apartments from the early 1900s across from WaterWalk, but the project probably won’t start until early spring.

“We’re going to close first quarter next year,” says Jason Swords. “It’s a deal that’s moving forward.”

His group is buying properties at 507 and 509 S. Market and 514 S. Main to redevelop them as affordable housing. The almost $6 million development will be a mix of studio apartments and one-bedroom units.

“The issue that we’ve had is tax credits have been harder to broker on the federal side than they used to be, and we expect that to ease up after the first of the year,” Swords says.

He says 90 percent of Sunflower’s work is with historic rehabilitation.

Swords is interested in Wichita for a number of reasons, including that his wife is from here.

“I’ve been to Wichita … a number of times,” he says. “It’s a quick run from Kansas City.”

Swords also likes the older buildings here.

“There’s a great building stock that needs to be redeveloped.”