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Physician Dean Youngberg moves toward retirement as Peg Bicker takes over practice

WICHITA — As longtime physician Dean Youngberg moves toward retirement, it was important to him to find someone to take over his practice and run it like he would.

As newer physician Peg Bicker shared space with another doctor, she says she discovered that “there just wasn’t space to grow a second practice.”

Now, she’s buying Youngberg’s practice at 1035 N. Emporia, and the two are working together until late June as he transitions to retirement.

“It was just a lot of things lined up exactly right at the right time,” Bicker says.

It’s a time of mixed emotions for Youngberg, though.

“It’s kind of like, I guess, marrying off a child,” he says. “The practice has been my baby. … These patients have been a part of my family almost.”

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You don’t say

“It actually, um, I thought was at some parts very complimentary.”

– Haysville Mayor Bruce Armstrong’s reaction to the city’s treatment in Gridiron over the weekend

Contractor Larry Cook files mechanics lien against YO-B owner Nabil Bacha

WICHITA — Contractor Larry Cook has filed a mechanics lien against YO-B owner Nabil Bacha for $87,882.

On the advice of his attorney, Cook says he won’t comment, but Bacha has plenty to say.

“The construction was embarrassing,” Bacha says of Cook’s work on the new Old Town Square restaurant, which opened in February in the former Luca Italian Kitchen space, which previously was Uptown Bistro.

Bacha, who also owns Cafe Bel Ami, says it took Cook “seven months to do four walls” during which time he saw three other area restaurants either renovated or opened.

“I don’t know why that’s such a hard time for him to do. Maybe he should not be in the construction business to start with.”

Cook’s attorney, Frank Ojile, doesn’t address specific claims by Bacha, but he says that “basically, we deny his claims.”

“My client hasn’t been paid, and we filed the mechanics lien, and I probably won’t have further comment … because of possible future litigation.”

Bacha says renovating the space for YO-B, a burger and yogurt restaurant, was supposed to be an $80,000 project and was to be completed by Oct. 15.

Cook “never delivered,” Bacha says.

“I had to have him redo so many things that were wrong,” he says. “Nothing was going right.”

Bacha says he paid almost $79,000 and then Cook told him he needed more money. Bacha says Cook kept changing the amount.

Bacha says he pointed out issues with the bill, and he says Cook told him he would take care of them. Instead, Bacha says, he got the lien.

“All of a sudden, that’s what I saw.”

In addition to saying he doesn’t owe Cook anything more, Bacha says he lost a lot of money due to the delays, and he’s left disillusioned with the process.

“I’m professional. I have never been through something like this.”

LogoLounge creator Bill Gardner teaches logo class through Lynda.com

billgardnerWICHITA — Bill Gardner of Gardner Design is also known as the logo guy thanks to LogoLounge, a website and series of books in which he’s collected more than 170,000 logos.

Now, Gardner is taking that expertise to a new level by teaching a course on symbolism within logos through Lynda.com, which offers online education videos to teach business, software and creative skills.

“It’s kind of a new role for me, this teaching thing,” says Gardner, who previously only shared what he knows with employees.

Gardner says it’s a good feeling to have others want to hear what he has to say.

“It’s nice to have that degree of relevance.”

His video came about through a contact he made while doing one of his LogoLounge books. Gardner says that person wanted him to do a Lynda video but had to have him do test videos first “to make sure that everybody else there thinks you’re as charming.”

“You really have to play this in such a way as you’re affable, informative … approachable … authoritative,” Gardner says. “You can’t come across as condescending.”

Another challenge, he says, is that he is “talking to people at all experience levels.”

Gardner says that in his video, he discusses how logos have to quickly convey information to users.

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Bruce Haase named Value Place CEO

bruceWICHITA — There’s a new CEO at Value Place, and founder Jack DeBoer calls him “a superstar.”

Bruce Haase spent a dozen years with Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest franchise organizations with brands such as Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn and Clarion.

“I think Value Place quite honestly is the best opportunity in hospitality right now,” Haase says.

He says it’s “a very uniquely positioned brand” with “tremendous growth opportunities.”

Haase started with Choice Hotels as treasurer and six months later was given the international division.

“It was actually quite troubled at that point.”

He says he spent a lot of time overseas making the division stronger.

“That’s really where I learned franchising,” Haase says.

He says during that time, he became more of a generalist instead of focusing strictly on numbers.

“It was quite a fascinating journey.”

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You don’t say

“A customer is standing (in) my shop, surrounded by files/sanders/grinders/etc, and asked me if I sharpened Wits!”

– A tweet from M&M Sharpening Services owner Mark Madden

 

‘Wichita’ is Tampa Bay Rays code word

WICHITA — In a Fox Sports story online Thursday, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is quoted as saying, “I never served time in Omaha, but I have in Wichita.”

Though that may not sound like a good thing, Maddon apparently meant well, and Wichita gets a great plug in the story.

Much like Peyton Manning used the word “Omaha” to signal certain plays in football, the article says Maddon is now using “Wichita” as a “code word to signal that a call should be challenged as part of Major League Baseball’s expanded replay.”

Joe Maddon, right, is using Wichita as his code name for MLB replay challenges.

Joe Maddon, right, is using Wichita as his code name for MLB replay challenges.

“Omaha and Wichita, kind of almost in a perverse way, rhyme,” Maddon said.

The article says the Wichita code is “a tip of the cap to his past.”

Maddon was involved in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which is held in Wichita, as a player and a coach and has been inducted into its Hall of Fame.

The article says baseball has a “soft spot throughout Wichita’s history,” in part due to the NBC. It quotes a few Wichitans about the code connection.

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Lululemon Athletica trunk show could eventually lead to showroom and storefront

WICHITA — A trunk show today, a storefront tomorrow?

It won’t happen that quickly, but the fact that Lululemon Athletica is having another trunk show here today gives hope that Wichita one day will have one of the stores here.

“If the trunk shows do well, they think about putting in a showroom in Wichita,” says Nickki Head, whose east-side Firefly Yoga Studio is hosting the show.

“That’s how it works,” she says.

After a few trunk shows, Head says, “Then the next step is a showroom.”

That’s a small retail space that’s open Thursday through Saturday only.

If that’s successful after a year or two, then there’s a chance for a permanent storefront.

“There’s, like, this huge process,” Head says.

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You don’t say

“They were concerned about getting down our driveway because they didn’t want to scratch their buns.”

Jerry Kerr of College Hill Bed & Breakfast, where the drivers of the visiting 8-foot-wide Oscar Mayer Wienermobile are staying

Wichita’s Whole Foods Market may not have to be called Bread & Circus

breadncircusWICHITA — According to a poll so informal it probably shouldn’t be called a poll, it looks like the Bread & Circus name that Wichita’s new Whole Foods Market will go by here isn’t exactly being embraced.

Or, to be blunt, no one seems to like it – or actually call the store by that name.

There’s a glimmer of hope, though, for those who prefer the Whole Foods name.

The reason the Austin-based chain chose Bread & Circus, which was the name of some stores the company bought in 1992, is Wichita’s local Whole Foods Association already had the name here.

GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann purchased the Whole Foods Association stores in January, and it appears she’s now considering letting the larger Whole Foods chain have the name.

“I’m not able to say anything right now,” Hoffmann says.

She says she’ll likely be able to talk in a couple of weeks.

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