Daily Archives: May 8, 2014

Thumb wrestling event to be a fundraiser

WICHITA — Koch-Glitsch employee Wade Davis is in the running for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year, and he’s having a unique event to raise money for the group.

On Saturday, Davis is hosting a thumb wrestling tournament from noon to 3 p.m. at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill in Old Town. There will prizes for different age categories.

So is there a lot of thumb wrestling going on at Koch? Was that the inspiration?

“There’s some hand wringing sometimes,” Davis says, joking, “but no thumb wrestling.”

You don’t say

“Wade looked at his options, then asked: A or B, B or C? Which one is closer? Tell me when they’re next to each other.”

– A tweet from Mike Rishell, a longtime patient of retiring optometrist Wade Dulin

Poe & Associates to move to Phil Ruffin’s Delano building near Douglas and McLean

WICHITA — Phil Ruffin has landed a new tenant for the same building where the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services moved in Delano.

That’s the former Davis Furniture building to the west of Douglas and McLean.

Consulting engineering firm Poe & Associates is taking 4,000 square feet in the building.

“That fills up that building,” Ruffin says. “We’re happy to have them. Very nice firm.”

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Ruffin also owns the vacant space on the corner, which is about a one acre lot. He also has space behind the Immigration building.

“We have quite a bit of acreage there.”

Ruffin says most likely he’ll build to suit for someone.

“We’re taking our time with it,” he says. “Our first choice was to fill that current building.”

Ruffin says he spent several million dollars refurbishing it.

“It’s a beautiful space now.”

He expects the corner property won’t be an issue to fill.

“That area seems to be kind of hot now.”

Integrated Facilities Group to open the Back Room retail outlet downtown

WICHITA — Integrated Facilities Group has had an unexpected bonus in its relatively new space at 125 S. Washington, which is just south of Ribbit Computers at the southwest corner of Douglas and Washington.

“We’ve experienced a huge amount of walk-in traffic,” says Jessica Powers, IFG’s marketing, development and workspace coordinator.

“We wanted to take advantage of that.”

So the company is opening the Back Room as a retail furniture outlet for the business.

The bulk of IFG’s business is contract work that takes months or may even be years in the works, such as outfitting an entire new building with furniture.

The company, which is in its 25th year of business, moved from 1214 E. Second St. almost a year and a half ago. Its space jumped from 2,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

“A lot of our business is based on what people see in our showroom,” Powers says. “Being able to show everything … is important. It just makes everything so much easier.”

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