Daily Archives: May 29, 2014

You don’t say

“Where’s the roller-coaster gonna fit?”

– An audience member’s question to Botanica executive director Marty Miller after Miller told a lunch group about receiving the gift of Joyland’s merry-go-round

Cowtown!”

– Miller’s answer

Chef George Youssef buys Food For Thought building for future business

WICHITA — The former Food For Thought space at 2929 E. Central is likely to soon have some food in it once again.

Caterer and former restaurateur George Youssef has purchased the building with a partner.

“I love the building,” Youssef says of the 15,000-square-foot space. “It’s a huge building.”

Though he says he knew he wanted the space, Youssef still isn’t entirely sure what for.

“There’s no plan right now,” he says. “I’m waiting for the right idea.”

That’s likely to involve catering and possibly a party rental business.

“We’re still in the process of studying it.”

Food For Thought, which billed itself as Wichita’s only full-service independent natural foods market left in the area, closed late last year. It had been in the building for the last two decades of its more than four decades in business.

Youssef, who used to own Uptown Bistro and Nouvelle Cafe, says he’ll let us know what he’s going to do with the building.

“It has character,” he says of the space. “So I want to make sure I’m doing the right thing.”

A Little Bit of Everything resale shop to open on west side

WICHITA — LaDonna West wants to make one thing clear about what she and her cousin, Sheri Sharp, will carry when they open their new west-side resale shop next month:

“No clothing.”

West says there are already plenty of shops for that.

A Little Bit of Everything will carry a little bit of everything else, though.

“Everything that you would buy at an estate sale pretty much,” West says.

The shop is opening June 3 at 9428 W. Central, which is between Tyler and Maize Road.

West says Sharp has already been in the business online.

“She’s been buying and selling on eBay for, like, 14 years,” West says. “She’s just accumulated so much stuff.”

The idea, West says, is “to take her hobby and turn it into revenue.”

Sharp has been living in Topeka but is moving to Wichita. In addition to the 1,400-square-foot store, West and Sharp will have an eBay store.

They’ll sell furniture, home decor, art, garden decor, linens, bedding, glass and games.

“Everybody kept asking us, ‘What are you going to sell?’” West says.

“It’s a little bit of everything, so that’s the name of the store.”

Former Boeing worker opening Tech Solutions on North Rock Road

WICHITA — Nayan Patel is another businessman who decided to turn his hobby into his full-time work.

“I have been enjoying playing with different Audio Video equipment for many years,” he said via e-mail.

Patel worked for Boeing for a dozen years but now is opening Tech Solutions at 350 N. Rock Road. He said his goal is to help customers transfer older files of all sorts into digital ones. He said that could be a shoebox full of photographs or negatives or it could be albums, 8-track tapes or VHS tapes, among other things. Patel said he also has high-speed scanners and duplication machines.

There are other services Patel will provide as well. For instance, he’ll offer shredding services and pick-up and delivery for computer, cell phone and TV repairs at the GeekShop Repairs.

By July, Patel will have a 16-person conference room set up for international video conferencing and other meetings.

Patel said these are merely some of his initial plans.

“Future plans are 3-D printing, home video security installation, LCD/LED TV installation, etc.”