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“Saw a woman at a technology conference yesterday wearing a t-shirt that read, ‘We’re taking the SH out of IT.’”

Mike Masinelli of Adtran, speaking at a Thursday meeting of IT professionals that High Touch Technologies sponsored

Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop to move to Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — Call him crazy, but J Williams is once again moving his Crazy Jay’s Furniture & Sleep Shop.

Crazy Jay’s is currently in about 14,500 square feet at Lincoln and Woodlawn. It’s moving to 15,000 square feet at the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver in September.

This will make the fourth place the business has been since it opened in 1997 as Crazy Jay’s Bed Shop at 13th and Waco.

“What’s prompted the move (is), really, in my opinion this part of the neighborhood has really kind of died off,” Williams says.

He says a few businesses, including a diner, left the area. Williams says he’s now the primary anchor at the center he’s in.

“It’s just that there’s not a lot happening,” he says.

Williams started with 11,000 square feet at his existing space and added 3,400 square feet after Tuesday Morning moved.

“We’re kind of a happening business, and we need to be where things are happening,” he says. “It’s just kind of a logical move.”

At Parklane, he says he likes that Rent-A-Center and Basham Rent To Own also are there.

“We’re anxious to get on with the move,” Williams says.

He says the stockroom at his new space will be on a separate floor than the showroom, which is a step up from what he has now.

“The thing I never liked about this really is the stockroom is visible from the showroom.”

He says that created a warehouse feel, “which we don’t really like.”

Williams says the store, which is open seven days a week, will open in its new space around the third week of September.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Once we get this situated, I am considering a west-side mattress-only concept,” Williams says. “I’d kind of like to go back to our roots.”

He says the west side is where he lives, and it makes sense to open a store there.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on out there.”

Costco files application to build at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road

platUPDATED — Wichitans have been waiting a long time, but there’s now confirmation from Costco that the company is coming here.

The chain filed a development application to build a new store at the northeast corner of Kellogg and Webb Road.

“They’ve put in for their plat approvals,” says John Schlegel, director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department.

“They’re moving on getting things started because the plat would be the first step.”

You can view the plat in detail here.

Costco has no comment, though. A representative says Costco chairman and cofounder Jeff Brotman is the only person authorized to speak for the company. Brotman’s assistant says he’s traveling and can’t comment.

Have You Heard? first reported that Costco was interested in the Beechcraft property in 2012. No one with Costco or Beechcraft would confirm the company’s interest until Beechcraft’s then-CEO Bill Boisture inadvertently confirmed it during an interview with Aviation Week last July. The same day, Aviation Week changed its online story to say a big box store – not Costco – was coming.

The subdivision committee of the Wichita-Segwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Commission approved the plat Thursday. It will go before the full commission on Aug. 7. After that, the Wichita City Council must accept any easements or road right of ways before Costco can proceed to build.

It looks like the deal for the Beechcraft space hasn’t closed and may not until all city approvals are finalized.

The Costco confirmation comes as Sam’s Club, a direct competitor, opened its third store in Wichita. The chain already had stores on West Kellogg and on North Rock Road. A new one opened Thursday at 29th and Maize.

Schlegel said Costco’s plat does several things.

“They’re creating a property description, an address (and) showing where the easements will be,” he says. “They have to show where they’re going to make connections to the public utilities, how drainage will work for the site and where they will get access to the adjacent streets.”

Costco’s address will be 9700 E. Kellogg.

Look for more information on the new store soon.

Presto gone from 127th and Central

WICHITA — The Presto gas station near 127th and Central has closed, but why it closed is unclear.

“The Pantry continuously evaluates the store portfolio of more than 1,530 stores across the southeastern United States,” Sarah Haas, a spokeswoman for the North Carolina company, said in an e-mailed statement.

“On occasion, circumstances lead to closing a store location.”

Haas wouldn’t address what circumstances those were.

“Presto continues to serve guests in the Wichita area with 18 store locations,” Haas said. “​There are no plans to close additional stores at the present time.”

Haas wouldn’t say whether there’s a chance the store could reopen elsewhere, writing only “I greatly appreciate your inquiries. These are the statements provided by The Pantry.”

Genesis Health Clubs purchases Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka

WICHITA — Genesis Health Clubs has added three more facilities to its growing chain of health clubs in Kansas and Missouri.

Genesis bought all of the Maximus Fitness & Wellness clubs in Topeka, which includes ones at 2020 NW Topeka Blvd., 2061 SE 29th St. and 2909 SW 37th St.

“I’ve been anticipating moving into the Topeka market for a long time, and excited to bring the Genesis brand to the community,” owner Rodney Steven II said in a statement.

Steven has worked with Maximus previously when he purchased Maximus clubs in Lawrence and Leavenworth in 2011.

Genesis has 18 facilities now, including clubs in Hutchinson, Emporia, Salina, Leavenworth, McPherson, St. Joseph, Mo., two in Springfield, Mo., two in Lawrence and five in Wichita.

Steven plans to remodel the new Topeka clubs.

“I look forward to providing beautiful health clubs to the city of Topeka,” Steven said. “I am fully committed to maintaining safe, clean, state-of-the-art facilities and hope to create the same great atmosphere here as we have at our other Genesis locations.”

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“I knew it! This totally explains why each year, starting in November and ending sometime in March, schools from all over the country try to stay as far away from me as possible—they’re just scared.”

Wichita State University mascot WuShock in an e-mail about the New York Post putting him No. 1 on a list of “The 12 creepiest mascots you’ve ever seen”

Lather A Boutique Salon has new space

WICHITA — Lather A Boutique Salon is expanding with new space.

“We are lathering it up,” says owner Liz Foley.

The salon has been on Central near Edgemoor for the last decade. The new space is at 2915 E. Douglas, which is just west of Hillside.

Foley says her new space will allow for more services, such as waxing, manicures and pedicures in addition to the hair cutting and coloring she already offers.

The salon’s official opening is Aug. 1, which coincides with its 10th anniversary, but Foley says she’s starting to see clients there now.

Super Car Guys opening third dealership in former Joe Self Used Cars south-side space

UPDATED — Ride Auto Group, the company behind two Super Car Guys dealerships, is adding another one.

A third Super Car Guys will open where Joe Self Used Cars has been on the northwest corner of Pawnee and Broadway.

“We’ve always had expansion in mind,” says Aaron Wirtz, who handles marketing and media for Super Car Guys and Subaru of Wichita.

“The Super Car Guys brand is something … we feel like is very strong and very well developed,” he says. “It’s not something that we’re franchising out by any means, but it’s something that lends itself well to growth. … It’s ready to be plugged in.”

The change is effective Wednesday.

“We’re going to try to start selling cars today,” Wirtz says. “The signs are going up. We’re not wasting any time.”

Super Car Guys is taking over Joe Self’s inventory.

“We want to reach out to all different types of customers,” Wirtz says.

That will include used cars and trucks for retail customers and those who need special financing.

“We’ve been finding some success with lifted trucks right now,” Wirtz says of the raised trucks.

The dealership will undergo some cosmetic work while it’s open in order to look like other Super Car Guys dealerships on the east and west sides.

Wirtz says the dealerships are “specifically and intentionally planned to reflect our culture of openness and transparency.”

“It’s something we’ve devoted a lot of thought to.”

The former Joe Self space doesn’t have the Super Car Guys look.

“Right now there are a lot of offices and things like that,” Wirtz says. “It doesn’t feel as open.”

Super Car Guys has more expansion plans for the future.

“We definitely want to get things … started correctly for this location before starting anything else,” Wirtz says.

Joe Self says he may have expansion plans later as well.

“It’s a good possibility we might, yes,” he says.

“We’ll look at other possibilities that we might expand to.”

He has Joe Self Chevrolet Cadillac BMW. In addition to selling new cars, Self sells used cars as well. He says if he expands, it likely will be to sell more used cars elsewhere.

Self says the Super Car Guys had been looking for a south-side site for a while.

“We wish them well,” he says. “They do a good job.”

Wirtz says there’s a lot around the dealership, including a Walmart on the opposite corner.

“We’re excited about the amount of traffic that goes through there,” Wirtz says.

“It’s just really a beautiful intersection.”

TankHouse Float & Massage opens at Experience Wellness Chiropractic

UPDATED — Chiropractor Matt Goltl is sharing some of his new Experience Wellness Chiropractic space at 133 N. Glendale with his brother, Alan, and his new TankHouse Float & Massage.

“This is a new venture for me,” Alan Goltl says.

Goltl says he was attracted to “the idea of a more holistic career.”

“Having had body work from some really good practitioners has inspired me to go into massage school,” he says.

Then he learned about flotation tanks.

“It’s been around for a while, but it sort of fell out in the ’80s . . . but now it’s coming back,” Goltl says.

The idea is to give someone sensory deprivation in an enclosed tank that blocks light and is as noise free as possible.

“Basically research shows if you put yourself into a chamber without lights and noise, basically masking as much stimulus as you can, your mind will go into this theta state,” Goltl says.

“They’re calling it like a reset for your body and your brain,” he says. “It’s a meditative quality of rest that your brain goes into.”

Goltl says there is 10 inches of water and 1,000 pounds of Epsom salt in his tank. He says the briny solution allows someone to float with no effort for an hour or two.

“It’s more briny than the Dead Sea, which most people can float in without too much effort,” he says. “You’re allowing your body to just shut down.”

Goltl says the tank helps with pain management, creativity, stress reduction and what he calls “super learning.”

“The research goes on and on and on.”

Goltl says massage will be a complementary component of what he offers.

“I’m guessing that the float will be the bigger part,” he says. “I don’t think there’s anything in Wichita like it right now.”

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“That was just kind of a fluke, really. … But it’s just kind of blown up. Everybody loves it.”

Christina “Gaia” Duncan on adding aerial silks to her Flow Foundry dance studio for people who want the exercise or to learn circus performance art