Category Archives: College Hill

Shelia Jean’s to open in College Hill

WICHITA — Shelia Ford became a nurse to help her family, and now she’s leaving the profession – at least for now – to also help her family.

Ford worked as a nurse for two years, but now her husband Jason Ford’s business, Advanced Lock & Key, is doing well enough that he’s encouraging her to pursue her dream of owning her own store.

“He’s always been encouraging,” Ford says. “I always wanted to have my own boutique.”

Thursday, she opens Shelia Jean’s on East Douglas a couple of doors to the west of Harry’s Uptown.

Sheila Jean is Ford’s full name.

“That’s what my grandmother used to call me,” she says.

The store will sell women’s accessories and apparel in all sizes and price points.

“That was kind of the goal of the store … just to have a little bit of everything,” Ford says. “’We would like to expand and have a gift line maybe next year.”

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Cero’s Candies ready to open in College Hill

WICHITA — Memorial Day has come and gone, and Cero’s Candies did not open in its new location as planned.

The Fourth of July came and went, too, with the store still in its downtown space, but the same won’t be true with Labor Day.

That’s because Pam Bishop says the new shop is opening at Happiness Plaza on East Douglas in College Hill on Wednesday.

“We’re finally getting to move,” she says.

Red tape related to approvals on the new site held things up, she says.

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Platinum Salon Spa & Boutique and Salon Bella to merge on west side; Color Bar Salon to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — There’s news with a few salons and stylists in the greater Wichita area.

First, Platinum Salon Spa & Boutique and Salon Bella are merging.

Susan Wardle and Tammy Kudlock are moving their Salon Bella from 119th and Maple to Tambra Hiser’s Platinum Salon at the northeast corner of 13th and Maize Road on Tuesday.

“I wanted to grow, and I don’t want to do it … one by one where it takes months,” Hiser says. “I came up with this innovative idea.”

She actively sought other salon partners by cold calling a few.

“Basically I decided to knock on some doors,” Hiser says. “I wanted to see what salon owners were faced with, some challenges.”

She and Wardle and Kudlock thought they would be a good fit and be able to offer complementary services. Hiser says they decided, “Wouldn’t it be genius to mix these two staffs together?”

She says education is a big focus for both salons.

There will be 11 stylists who will share nine stations.

In addition to hair services, there will be facials, nail care, massage and body wraps among other things.

Hiser says the trend lately has been for stylists to branch out on their own, but she says she and Wardle and Kudlock see benefits to combining their services in one place and under the Platinum name.

“Adding two heads is better than one,” Hiser says. It’s “going to be incredible.”

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Cero’s Candies to leave downtown for a less sunny spot in College Hill

Cero’s Candies owners Pam (left) and Darcy Bishop in front of the future College Hill home of the business.

WICHITA — Ed Cero has been gone from his family’s Cero’s Candies for more than a decade, but his advice lives on.

“Ed Cero had actually written little notes,” says Pam Bishop, who has owned the business with her daughter, Darcy, for two years.

They inherited the notes that Cero left for the previous owner.

“One of his notes was, ‘Never put a candy shop on the north side of the street,’” Pam Bishop says.

The Bishops agree – too much of their chocolate is melting due to the winter sun – and are moving the store from the north side of Douglas downtown to the south side of Douglas at Happiness Plaza in College Hill.

“We’re constantly shifting candy around,” Pam Bishop says.

“The sun beats in and melts the chocolate no matter how cold we keep the room,” Darcy Bishop says.

Instead of holding chocolate right now, one of the store’s cases instead has a big sugar Easter egg Ed Cero made in 1982.

The business, which opened in 1885, has been at a variety of addresses mostly along Douglas on the north and south sides.

Pam Bishop says the store’s current space is a little big for its needs.

Cero’s will move from 2,800 square feet at 1108 E. Douglas to 1,600 square feet at 3429 E. Douglas most likely on Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s got more usable space than we have now,” Darcy Bishop says of the new space.

For instance, a dessert cafe the Bishops tried in a side room at the current space didn’t work out.

“It was a little awkward, so we stopped doing it,” Pam Bishop says.

At the new space, which is a former house where the Bag Ladies used to be, there will be room in the front of the store for tables and chairs. There also will be WiFi.

The Bishops added ice cream sales in summer months after they bought the store. With the move into the College Hill neighborhood, Pam Bishop expects those sales to do better.

“That’s going to be a bigger draw there than it is here.”

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Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — A new shop at Clifton Square is going to cater exclusively to recovering addicts.

John Taylor is opening Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts at the north end of the center at 3700 E. Douglas in College Hill.

“Our intent is to service all 12-step …programs within the community,” Taylor says.

That includes groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

“Anything that’s got ‘anonymous’ behind it.”

Taylor named the shop for what his grandchildren call him and his wife, Shelley.

The 1,000-square-foot shop will sell what Taylor calls “drunk junk.”

“It’s the stuff that isn’t just absolutely necessary to get clean and sober.”

That includes T-shirts, jewelry and recovery medallions.

“Just little blingy things that alcoholics and drug addicts and co-dependent people … like to have,” Taylor says.

There also are books and recovery greeting cards, such as birthday cards that celebrate addicts’ sobriety dates.

The store also will sell some spiritual items, including recovery Bibles that help addicts see the 12 steps within the Bible.

In 350 square feet above the shop, there are AA meetings three times a week. Those began in June.

Nana & Opa’s will have a soft opening on Tuesday and a grand opening Aug. 7.

Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt seeks east-side space

WICHITA — Kurt Schmidt, owner of the popular Picasso’s Pizzeria in Delano, is looking at opening a second location on the east side.

One possible site is the southeast corner of Central and Vassar in College Hill.

“Nothing’s set in stone,” Schmidt says. “I haven’t signed anything.”

His first Picasso’s opened in March and was an immediate hit.

Schmidt says his plan from the beginning was to have more than one restaurant.

He’s not thinking much about expansion plans this week, though.

“Right now I’m worried about my walk-in (cooler) because it’s not working,” Schmidt says.

The restaurant had a partial power outage on Sunday and Schmidt says “basically it fried my compressor.”

The restaurant is closed for now, but Schmidt hopes to reopen Wednesday.

Then, he’ll have more time to think about east-side locations again.

“I’ve got to figure out which is the right one.”

Annabeth’s Day Spa to move to Clifton Square

WICHITA — Beth-Ann Welty is making a short hop across East Douglas to move her Annabeth’s Day Spa from Happiness Plaza to Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.

“I would like to expand my business,” she says.

Welty wanted to make sure she stayed in the College Hill area because she says so many of her clients have told her they like having a spa near their homes.

“I hope to be able to open over there March 14,” she says.

Instead of having one room, she’ll have two or three rooms to offer facials, waxing, body wraps and massage. She’s also adding a nail tech, lash extension services and couples facials. Welty says the new space will allow for waxing parties, too.

The move also will give her a chance to have a new design, she says.

“The environment won’t be as busy,” Welty says. She says she’s looking forward to creating “more of a spa, relaxing atmosphere.”

 

Jimmy’s Egg near 21st and Amidon closes; location near Office This to open soon

WICHITA — It turns out the new Jimmy’s Egg that’s going in front of Max Cole’s Office This development at 4031 E. Harry will replace the one just west of 21st and Amidon.

That Jimmy’s Egg is now closed.

Owner Wink Hartman Sr. says his management team “is going to take action to correct businesses that are not performing.”

“The concept is that we’re growing and reallocating our assets to more profitable areas and stores,” he says.

Hartman didn’t want to wait for the new Walmart Neighborhood Market to open at Marina Lakes on the southwest corner of the intersection and hope that his business increased.

“You cannot continually develop and plan your future around a Walmart,” Hartman says. “Yes, they drive traffic, but we have a breakfast concept, and it doesn’t really tie into being around a Walmart.”

The Jimmy’s Egg by Office This will open within 45 days.

Hartman has one more planned by the end of the year.

He’s close to a lease on the west side of College Hill and could have the restaurant open by Thanksgiving.

Look for more news on it soon.