Daily Archives: May 28, 2014

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“I’m thinking more kindly of Bambi now.”

WSU spokesman Joe Kleinsasser, who has had half a dozen deer accidents on the road and on Tuesday narrowly missed being hit by a refrigerator that fell off a pickup truck

Karla Burns remembers Maya Angelou

WICHITA — With the Wednesday death of Maya Angelou, 86, Wichita’s Karla Burns remembered the poet for the simple yet significant way she affected her.

Angelou was a guest professor at Wichita State University when, in March of 1974, Burns was involved in a reader’s theater of Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

“I played her grandmother,” says Burns, who went on to become an educator and performer.

“She came over to me,” Burns says of when the production ended. “She talked to all of us.”

Angelou shared small bottles of Chanel with everyone.

Most important, though, was a comment Angelou made to Burns.

“She said, ‘You made me smell my grandmother’s kitchen,’ and I’ve never forgotten that in all my life,” Burns says. “It really shaped my feelings about theater … about being a woman and her as a poet. How poetic to have such a colorful comment made about your work.”

Burns says Angelou influenced her as an educator as well.

“She was such an inspiration,” Burns says. “She really moved my heart.”

Second Wichita-area Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open on west side

WICHITA — There’s a new strip center under construction in front of the Academy Sports on North Maize Road, and its first tenant is a familiar one.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is going to open in 2,200 square feet when the almost 7,000-square-foot center is completed just north of Panda Express.

Newton residents Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening the first Wichita-area Dickey’s in their hometown on Thursday.

Topeka resident Ryan Wenrich, who also is a Quiznos franchisee, is opening the west Wichita Dickey’s.

Wenrich says it’s “kind of a blossoming area. It makes sense. There’s a lot of rooftops around there.”

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Wichita Guitar Works to close in June

WICHITA — Two years after opening, Wichita Guitar Works is closing.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a numbers game,” says co-owner Curt Mitchell. “The bottom line is the numbers are the numbers.”

Where the numbers were was an issue as well.

“Honestly, 85 percent of our business has been online,” Mitchell says. “It was probably closer to 90 percent.”

He and Chris Glamann and Scott Kern opened the store at 1716 E. Douglas next to the Donut Whole in September 2012, and Kern left shortly after.

“We’ve always had a great reaction to the shop just as far as the overall aesthetics and what we were trying to do,” Mitchell says.

Keeping enough inventory, though, “just proved too daunting of a task, I’m afraid.”

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