Daily Archives: May 27, 2014

You don’t say

“I should have given you enough for at least a quote of the day. I’ll be very disappointed otherwise.”

– State Sen. Michael O’Donnell, who opened his remarks at Friday’s Pachyderm Club meeting by dissing print journalism then later explained that not “every reporter misinforms” and finally expressed his hopes to appear in the paper

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open in Newton

WICHITA — Newton entrepreneurs Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening another new business.

“We like to stay busy, I guess,” Shawn Stobbe says.

The Stobbes run three family stores – Kitchen Corner and Main Street Co. in Newton and Redbird Boutique in Wichita – and Madeline Stobbe also teaches yoga and has competitive dance teams.

Now, they’re opening Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 214 E. 12th St. in Newton.

Dickey’s is a Dallas-based chain.

Stobbe credits his late father-in-law with inspiring him to own a franchise.

“He always told me, ‘If I could do it all again, I would just franchise.’”

So for about a half a year, the Stobbes studied all kinds of franchises.

“Dickey’s just kept coming up on the top of my list,” Shawn Stobbe says.

He says he’s “passionate” about food in general and barbecue in particular. Stobbe says he likes the philosophy behind Dickey’s as well.

“They’re not just there to be a restaurant,” he says. “They’re there to be a part of communities and add heart to communities.”

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Bob’s Place to reopen in the Market Centre, sans founding barber Bob Shanks

WICHITA — Cosmetologist Tracy Carrington and barber Steven Dreiling are carrying on a Wichita tradition by reopening Bob’s Place.

“I was OK with retiring, but if Tracy wants to use the name, she’s perfectly welcome to it,” says Bob Shanks, who was a barber for more than 50 years in three buildings within four blocks of downtown.

The new shop is opening next month in the Market Centre at the southwest corner of First and Market.

Carrington began working with Shanks in 2009 and Dreiling started in 2012.

“We just wanted to … bring it back,” Carrington says of the Bob’s Place name.

“He’s just a huge mentor to me,” she says of Shanks.

“He was just a huge, huge part of my life. This is really … mostly to show my respect and love for him as a mentor.”

Shanks came from a family of barbers and stylists.

“The whole family has been in the hair business for about 250 years total time,” he says.

Unlike the rest of his family, Shanks says, “I didn’t want to work in the suburbs. I wanted to work in the business area.”

He says for years, he cut the hair of “CEOs of major companies and the presidents of major banks and heads of law firms.”

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