Daily Archives: May 21, 2014

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“Some things are just meant to be.”

– Wichitan Michael Webb on how the new Hopping Gnome brewery will be only a few blocks from the Flying Pig retail shop

Michael Williams to move dental practice from 21st and Oliver to Remington Park

WICHITA — The space at the northeast corner of 21st and Oliver has sold, but for a while you’ll still see the same man out there mowing the lawn.

He’s not the gardener. He’s dentist Michael Williams, whose self-named practice has been at the property for three decades.

Last week, Williams closed on a deal to sell two lots he owns at the corner.

“We’re leasing our own space,” says his wife, Tracy, who also is the practice administrator.

The dental office, which offers full family services including orthodontia, is moving to a former chiropractic space in Remington Park on east 21st Street between Webb Road and Greenwich.

“Oh, we’re still on 21st Street,” Tracy Williams says she’s been assuring customers.

Once their concerns are allayed, she says, “They’re excited for us.”

Currently, the practice is in 1,900 square feet.

“We’re squeezed to the … max,” Tracy Williams says.

Still, she and her husband weren’t necessarily looking to move.

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Two new businesses to open at Clifton Square in College Hill

UPDATED — A couple of new businesses are going to open next month at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas in College Hill.

Nina Winter, who makes women’s accessories through her Nina Winter Design, is opening Tissu Sewing Studio by June 15.

“I really want to kind of bring back traditional arts and crafts,” Winter says. “For example … classes like how to make a prom dress or basic sewing and bringing back quilting.”

She’s not a strictly traditional designer, though.

“I’m trying to do, like, a modern twist on it,” Winter says. “It won’t be traditional quilting, for example.”

She might use recycled denim, she says.

Classes will be for all ages.

Winter used to teach sewing and textile classes at CityArts. She says she has a master’s degree in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“I’m hoping to bring everything I’ve learned back to Wichita.”

Around the same time midmonth, Erin Buhrer will be opening Erin Marie Acne Solutions at Clifton Square.

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Grand Chapel to get new sign along with possible new owner

WICHITA — The stone sign in front of the Grand Chapel event space at 828 N. Broadway has been demolished, but it’s not because the business is closing.

It’s because a new LED sign with a moving message is going to be installed.

“I’ve been fighting this for years,” says co-owner Dennis Wilkie, who says his partner insisted on the new sign.

The Grand Chapel's sign is now gone, but a new LED sign will soon be in its place.

The Grand Chapel’s sign is now gone, but a new LED sign will soon be in its place.

“Yeah, they might get a lot more attention, but I think they just kind of look cheesy,” Wilkie says. “I’d like to keep it more of a refined look.”

As Wilkie told Have You Heard? in March, he’s trying to sell the business and the building, which is a 1917 former church with 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.

“I’ve got a lot of interest in the business from people who just wouldn’t qualify to buy the real estate,” Wilkie says.

He says he also has someone who is interested in buying the building, and he says it may be a situation where he can bring two parties together for a deal.

As for the sign, Wilkie says it “could be a permanent thing, or it could be a temporary thing.”

“Maybe we are better off raising the visibility of the place.”