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Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming to open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb

WICHITA — If you heard rumblings of a Wolfgang bringing some tasty treats to a new pink-and-brown, chandelier-lit bakery and boutique on the east side, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wondered whether international chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck might be bringing one of his concepts here.

Turns out, it’s Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming that will be opening in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“It’ll definitely be probably the most unique pet store that people in this market have seen,” says Lisa Chamberlain, who is opening the business with her husband, Albert Cipo.

“Most people are like, ‘This is for dogs?’ ”

The two had another Woof Gang franchise in Houston but wanted to move back home to Wichita.

The business is a combination store, bakery and grooming site.

Chamberlain says she plans to have grooming for dogs and cats.

“Hopefully, if I can find a groomer who does cats,” she says. “That’s an if.”

Chamberlain says she tries to do kennel-free grooming in a short amount of time to keep down an animal’s stress level.

“Our grooming is more of a spa-type setting,” she says.

That includes “pawdicures” and blueberry facials with natural products.

“The dogs love it,” Chamberlain says. “It’s like lick, lick, lick.”

Woof Gang also will have an all-natural bakery for special-occasion cakes and treats.

“It is a bakery for pets,” Chamberlain says. “We have all sorts of treats.”

She says Woof Gang also will sell holistic food, including dry and wet food and raw and freeze-dried food.

There also will be chews, bowls, beds, collars and leashes.

“We’re a little more of a boutique feel,” Chamberlain says.

The 2,000-square-foot store will open in October.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Ideally, we’d like to do more than one,” Chamberlain says.

The plan is to open a second Woof Gang on the west side within a year after the first one opens. Then the Kansas City area is a possibility, she says.

“It’s a long-term plan.”

Across Time and Page Scrapbook Emporium at Cambridge Market to close

WICHITA — A little more than a year after opening, Across Time and Page Scrapbook Emporium in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb is closing.

Saturday is the store’s last day in business.

“I was just not hitting the numbers I needed to hit to keep going,” owner Carmen Ned says. “We had regular customers, but it just wasn’t enough to keep us going.”

Ned isn’t sure what she’s going to do next.

“I just haven’t had time to think about it yet. I’m just trying to close this chapter right now.”

There is one thing she knows she’s going to tackle after closing, though.

“First thing I’m going to do is clean my house really good.”

Louie’s Grill & Bar closes at Cambridge Market; Baskin-Robbins fate still unclear

WICHITA — Louie’s Grill & Bar has closed.

A manager at the restaurant, which was at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, confirms it has closed but won’t say anything more.

Cambridge Market’s Fred Hanley says he knew there was a possibility that the restaurant would be shutting down, but he didn’t realize it was closing until it did.

“I was surprised, too.”

No one with the Norman, Okla.-based Hal Smith Restaurant Group was immediately available to comment.

Also at Cambridge, Hanley says he’s still waiting to learn the fate of the Baskin-Robbins that franchisee David Cortez closed.

There’s a chance that the franchisor, Memphis-based Klinke Bros. Ice Cream, may reopen the business along with the west-side Baskin-Robbins near 21st and Maize Road. Hanley says he’s waiting to hear.

“I’m hoping that it reopens.”

Sports Time Fan Shop expands into former Satchel Creek Steaks space at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — With Satchel Creek Steaks leaving Cambridge Market for Andover, as Have You Heard? reported Monday, Tad Snarenberger saw an opportunity for his Sports Time Fan Shop.

“Them vacating is very advantageous for me,” he says.

He’s in his fifth year at the center at 21st and Webb, where he has about 4,000 square feet and sells “anything you can stick a college logo on.”

Snarenberger is taking Satchel Creek’s former 1,900 square feet.

“My issue is I don’t have enough space to display properly,” he says.

For instance, he has numerous types of Shocker shirts all squeezed into one rack.

“Look, we’re just too tight.”

Snarenberger says he wants to “give KU, K-State and Wichita State University their due.”

Each school will have its own wall once construction is done.

Snarenberger will create two arches in the wall that currently divides his store from the former Satchel Creek space.

He says his “game plan” will be to make that new space the House Divided, with one wall for KU and one for K-State.

That will allow him more room in the store’s original space for WSU items.

Construction will start this week, and the new space will be ready in about three weeks.

Paint the Towne to open at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — Why spend the evening merely eating and drinking with your friends when you can paint, too?

That’s Jessie Sterling’s attitude, and it’s why she’s opening Paint the Towne at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb in August.

Sterling will offer painting packages where groups, with the help of an artist at the shop, can paint on canvases while visiting, too.

“It’s not necessarily all about the painting,” Sterling says. “It’s more about socializing and hanging out with friends and having a good time.”

Sterling envisions friends gathering for fun or children having parties there.

She was inspired to start the shop after she went to a similar one in San Antonio.

“It was just a blast,” Sterling says.

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Cafe Maurice to open at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — There’s a good chance you’ve had one of Ghassan “Gus” Srour’s desserts and just don’t know it.

Srour and his wife, Therese, used to have Patisserie Maurice near Harry and Rock, which supplied pastries to restaurants around Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

They also offered catering from that site until April when a fire at a nearby business forced them to close.

The Srours now are opening their own restaurant, Cafe Maurice, at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road.

“I’m going to keep doing wholesale and catering, and I would like to add a cafe,” Gus Srour says.

He likes the traffic in that area, which he says is heavy but not as congested as Rock Road.

Srour, who is from Lebanon, says the cafe will have a Mediterranean flair but won’t concentrate on any one type of food. The menu will include Lebanese dishes, French dishes and other cuisines.

The cafe is named for his late father, who was in the pastry business for more than 40 years in Lebanon.

Gus Srour has been in the business more than 25 years.

He plans to open sometime around September and will share more details about his business then.

Sports Time Fan Shop acquires Jocks and Jills merchandise and plans sale

WICHITA — It was about this time last year that sports memorabilia and apparel stores All Sports and Jocks and Jills announced plans to merge, but it never happened.

All Sports is still in business, but Garden Plain State Bank ended up seizing the Jocks and Jills merchandise.

“They’ve been sitting with this merchandise for a year,” says Sports Time Fan Shop owner Tad Snarenberger.

He’s acquired that merchandise, which he describes as an interesting mix of some odd and some fantastic items such as shirts, hoodies and jackets, among other things.

He plans to sell it all in a pre-Father’s Day sale at both his stores, which are at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize and Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Sports Time generally has a sidewalk sale before every Father’s Day anyway.

“This is a good vehicle for us to move this close-out stuff . . . and get it out of there,” Snarenberger says.

All Sports and Jocks and Jills had a planned a large new store on the east side, but the economy soured the deal, All Sports owner Randy Staub says.

“We really kind of felt like it was going to be risky from our side to try and make that happen,” Staub says. “We just felt like we had to back away.”

Snarenberger says Jocks and Jills had been a great competitor.

“I was sorry to see them go,” Snarenberger says. “But it’s a good opportunity for us, and it’s also going to be a good opportunity for customers because they are going to get stuff dirt cheap.”

Chelmsford Tea & Gifts stores are on the market

WICHITA — Most people probably would agree that being a police officer is a demanding enough job without adding any extra stress.

Wichita Police Department Sgt. Kelly Mar agrees. That’s why she’s decided to try to sell her two Chelmsford Tea & Gifts stores, which she’s owned since 2005.

Mar practically has tea in her blood. Her mother is from England and her father is from China, and she loves teas from both countries.

Still, it was ambitious of her to buy the tea shops.

“That or I’m crazy,” Mar says, laughing. “I don’t know which.”

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