Daily Archives: March 7, 2014

You don’t say

“Joe, you’re talking on it.”

– A friend’s comment to WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser, who searched his pocket for his cellphone while he was talking on it

Dwight D. Eisenhower inspires name for another Wichita business

WICHITA — Dwight D. Eisenhower is the inspiration for another business, and we’re not talking about Wichita’s airport.

Eisenhopper is a new lifestyle brand that Wichitan Troy R. Wells recently started to sell apparel and, eventually, other items that he designs or creates logos or sayings for.

“There’s a lot of other brands out there I kind of appreciate and like, but none of them really speak to me,” Wells says. “I want to do something that kind of speaks to where I’m from.”

And that’s Kansas. Wells, who was even born on Kansas Day, is “happy and prideful” to be from here and wants to bring that flavor to his designs.

Another one-time Kansan, actor Dennis Hopper, inspired the rest of the Eisenhopper name.

Wells says other brands have a more East Coast or West Coast angle.

He prefers Kansas-inspired ideas, such as a “Get the Hell Out of Dodge” T-shirt because it “is just colloquial speech.”

“The other thing is, too, people always want to pigeonhole Kansas,” Wells says.

Think Dorothy or tornado jokes.

For now, Wells has only a couple of men’s T-shirts on his website but he says he hopes to grow the company.

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Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. to be open every weekend starting in April

WICHITA — Customers dig Mr. Diggs Dwelling & Co. so much, Annette Shankle is expanding her store’s hours.

“You know, we never envisioned being to this point, but due to the wonderful support of Wichita, it’s grown to be able to do this,” she says.

Mr. Diggs opened two years ago at the northeast corner of First and St. Francis to sell furniture, home decor, art and lamps in 5,500 square feet of what Shankle calls “warehouse-esque” space. Some of the items are new, and some are used.

Initially, store hours were only one long weekend a month. Shankle then expanded hours from Tuesday through Saturday one week a month.

Starting April 3, Mr. Diggs will be open Thursday through Saturday every week.

“It gives them more flexibility,” Shankle says of customers.

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