WICHITA — The new Thick Girls shop had a rather thin existence, you might say.
Owner Tina Sidelnik planned to open the business in her family’s former Not Just A Cop Shop space near Central and Hillside, and she’d been collecting clothing for the plus-size store for some time. She never opened, though.
“Things just weren’t meant to be, and that’s just how it goes,” Sidelnik says.
Instead of opening, Sidelnik decided to sell the clothing she’d collected along with remaining items from Not Just A Cop Shop.
“It was basically a garage sale,” she says. “One big, gigantic garage sale.”
Pia Schwamman, owner of Fit For A Queen, shopped at that sale and began talking to Sidelnik about her space.
“She offered me her place,” Schwamman says. “It’s move-in ready for me.”
Schwamman’s store, which is a plus-size consignment shop for men and women, currently is at 1545 S. Meridian.
“Where I’m at right now I truly am a destination,” Schwamman says.
She didn’t need all of Sidelnik’s 6,000 square feet, so New For You – Kids Resale Shop is moving into half of it in the back of the building. Owner Dalila Stevenson, whose store sells maternity and children’s clothing, is changing the name of the shop to New 2U Kids when she moves.
Stevenson previously had been at Central and Emporia in 1,500 square feet, then she moved to 6,000 square feet at 126 N. West St.
“You know, to be honest with you, bigger is not always better in this kind of business,” she says.
Stevenson says she was able to fill the store but not move enough merchandise.
“It’s just still not … cutting it.”
Schwamman and Stevenson each will have 3,000 square feet at the new building. Since she’s downsizing, Stevenson says she’ll no longer be able to sell children’s furniture, “which I’ll miss, but that’s OK.”
There will be a French door between the two shops “so people can go venture from store to store without going out,” Stevenson says.
Look for both stores to open in early August.
Meanwhile, Sidelnik is going to concentrate on her family’s Twizted Confections in Normandie Center.
“We’re going to be focusing on expanding the bakery,” she says.
Sidelnik says there are now some popular bierocks and sandwiches on the menu, “which keeps us pretty busy at this point.”