Daily Archives: May 23, 2014

Lux model units furnished through contest

WICHITA — It’s been not quite a year since the first residents began moving into the Lux, Michael Ramsey and Robert Eyster’s 7-story mixed-use building at First and Market.

They’re having success filling the units, but Ramsey came up with an idea to better promote them.

“He came up with the idea of doing a little contest,” says Jeremy Luginbill, whose Lifeboat Creative agency has been marketing the building.

There are three types of Lux residential units: the Essential, which is a small, streamlined unit, and units with either one or two bedrooms.

Ramsey assigned each unit a particular store, and Lifeboat employees were tasked with designing the units with items from those stores.

“It was kind of a fun little thing to do,” Luginbill says.

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Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria owners on ‘serious’ hunt for east-side space

WICHITA — The owners of Wichita Brewing Co. & Pizzeria are looking for east-side space in earnest, but partner Jeremy Horn says it won’t be as easy as finding a building.

“It’s going to be tough to find a building that already exists,” he says. “We’re kind of more in the mode of finding land and building new construction.”

That’s because in addition to another pizzeria, Horn says the new space will be home to a 15-barrel brew house as well.

What Horn calls his “serious” hunt likely will take six months, he says.

Horn says he wants a 15,000-square-foot building, about 10,000 square feet of which will be for the brewing operation.

“We don’t have enough space to do it on the west side.”

The restaurant and a small brewing system opened in 2011 in the former Play It Again Sports space on the southwest corner of 13th and Tyler.

Horn says the business has done “really well.”

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Derby’s Vanya Designs & Custom Sewing to almost double in size

WICHITA — Six months after moving her Vanya Designs & Custom Sewing to 1,700 square feet at Osage Village Center in Derby, Alicia Ybarra says she’s found herself in an unexpected position.

“It’s either turn work away or expand and hire and help the economy.”

So she says she’s decided to expand with an additional 1,200 square feet next door, which is part of the former Sunflower Quilts space.

“I also hired three people to help keep up with demand.”

Ybarra started her business out of her basement in 2007 and then moved to 1710 E. Madison in 2010. She thought her space at 413 N. Osage, which is just south of Madison and North Rock Road, would be large enough. It was immediately clear that wasn’t the case, though.

“Business has just been crazy,” Ybarra says. “The demand for what I do is even more since I moved.”

There’s such demand, Ybarra says, “I’m sorry, I’m sewing while we’re talking.”

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