Daily Archives: March 5, 2014

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“I guess this does not bode well for my administration.”

– PR consultant Doug Oliver’s comment on the closing of Brandon Steven’s car wash, where Oliver was mayor on Foursquare

Dennis Wilkie wants to sell Grand Chapel

The Grand Chapel at 828 north Broadway is for sale. (Mar.5, 2014)WICHITA — Like hosting parties? Planning weddings? Need a place to do it?

Dennis Wilkie has a deal for you. He’s selling his Grand Chapel at 828 N. Broadway, where he’s been hosting weddings and other events in the former First Church of Christ, Scientist.

“It’s quite a place to operate if you’re a socialite or wanting to be,” Wilkie says.

He says it’s a chance to “get paid to be host of the party.”

“That’s not my cup of tea.”

Wilkie, who operates other businesses, says the Grand Chapel didn’t do well unless he was running it on a day-to-day basis.

“I just don’t have time to run the place myself,” he says. “I was just going in circles. I was trying to find someone to run that business the way I would.”

The 1917 building has 18,000 square feet and seating for more than 600 people in the former sanctuary. There’s also a reception hall, dance floor and bar area.

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Skaer Veterinary Clinic adds hospice care

WICHITA — A year ago, Skaer Veterinary Clinic started making house calls.

Now, it’s going one step further and offering hospice care for sick and elderly cats and dogs.

“Hospice is a little more in depth,” says practice manager Karen Williams.

“It’s something new,” she says of the growing national trend for pet hospice.

“It’s more comfortable for the pets and easier,” Williams says. The idea is “for us to come into their environment and help them feel comfortable.”

The idea isn’t to cure a pet but to make it feel better.

“Hospice is just like it is for humans,” Williams says. “It’s always family centered, and it’s the same thing for a pet.”

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Despite appearances, Knipp’s still in business; Brandon Steven’s car wash isn’t

WICHITA — What looked to be the Knipp’s car wash on North Rock Road between 13th and 21st streets has closed, though it hasn’t been a Knipp’s for some time.

“Years ago it used to be ours,” says Todd Knipp. “For some reason they never took any of our signage down.”

Brandon Steven owns the car wash and says he had to close it to have more room for his Super Car Guys.

“We need the space so bad,” he says.

“It’s too bad,” Steven says. “I love that car wash.”

He’s referring customers to Joe’s Seat Cover & Carwash, which his uncles own.

There’s a Knipp’s store on Harry just east of Southeast Boulevard that sells automotive appearance products and also offers detailing services. It does not have a drive-through car wash, though.

“This year starts our 40th year,” Knipp says. “I hope to make it another 40.”