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WICHITA — Homecooked Shortcuts isn’t the only Wichita company that has entered Walmart’s Get on the Shelf competition, which could land its microwave vegetable bag on the store’s shelves. also submitted a video to tout its reflective house numbers.

Joni Barthelman’s family started the company, which her son, Eli, now owns.

“Lo and behold, people started writing, ‘Where have you been? … We’ve been looking for you,’” Joni Barthelman says of the product’s immediate popularity.

She says the numbers are larger and more attractive than most on the market. They’re reflective “so emergency services can see you at 3 o’clock in the morning.”

Barthelman says she’s not concerned about winning the Walmart competition.

“What we’re looking for most is the exposure,” she says. “Obviously, we think the exposure will be huge.”

To see the company’s video, click here.



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“It’s a great deal even if I don’t win.”

Lucas Hershberger on a national Genghis Grill competition to lose weight that gets him one free meal every day at the west-side Genghis and as much as $10,000 if he wins

Hallmark to sell Wichitan’s greeting card nationally

WICHITA — Self-described “Hallmark junkie” Julie Conner is now an official Hallmark card creator.

As Have You Heard? reported earlier this summer, Conner is the Wichita resident who won an online Hallmark competition for a card she created.

Now, Hallmark has chosen that card to produce and sell in Walmart stores nationally.

Conner also won an additional $250, which is what she won for the online portion of the competition.

She calls it “a drop in the bucket to what they’re going to make off of it      . . . but it’s still cool.”

“For people like me who just want to have the notoriety of having written a Hallmark card . . . excitement is part of the reward.”

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Gain Guy is not dead! I predict he will come back but have a different name.”

Wichita Eagle photographer Jaime Green, who did not win $1 million in the finals of the Gain detergent contest but had a blast creating the “Gain Guy” with her husband, Carter, and appreciates all the local support they received

Wellington businessman, Eagle photographer are finalists in Gain detergent’s million-dollar contest

WICHITA — An average couple looks forward to dinner and a movie on a typical Friday night.

Jaime and Carter Green aren’t the average couple, though.

On a recent Friday night, the two created a video that is now one of 25 finalists in a $1 million Gain detergent contest.

“We love creating things together — food, music, art — it’s just kind of what we do,” says Jaime Green, a photographer for The Eagle.

Carter Green owns Greenjeans Studios, a recording studio in Wellington. The two also play in the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band.

The Greens heard about the contest through one of their favorite bands, the Barenaked Ladies.

“Gain is playing off their ‘If I Had $1,000,000’ song,” Jaime Green says.

She wrote lyrics to their 24-second video, in which Carter stars.

Jaime Green took inspiration from Barenaked Ladies lead singer Ed Robertson, who they just saw in concert in Las Vegas.

He’s known for creating instant raps during concerts, so Jaime Green wrote a rap song for her 24-second video.

“I was channeling Ed, so that was kind of where it started.”

Opening lyrics are:

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China Star Super Buffet campy commercials attract attention and a nomination

WICHITA — Sometimes commercials are so bad they’re good.

That was the idea behind a series of television commercials for Wichita’s China Star Super Buffet, one of which is in the running for the Independent Film Channel’s LoCo Awards.

The awards, which are designed in part to promote the new “Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings” show, will honor the best and most bizarre late-night commercials and their stars.

China Star, which is on Central just west of I-235, made the commercials with the help of Fox Kansas.

“Their goal in this one was designed to be campy so it would make . . . it stand out above commercials and not blend in with average commercials,” says Jeff McCausland, vice president and general manager of Newport Television, which operates Fox and My TV Wichita.

A former Fox employee stars in the commercials, which feature him singing and chatting about China Star.

In one scene of the nominated commercial, he sits in an easy chair that’s reduced to a miniature size and flies over the buffet offerings.

“It’s like the buffet’s right in my house!”

The ads have proven popular, and not only in Wichita.

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Pioneer Balloon worker wins Hallmark card contest

WICHITA — Julie Conner does a lot of writing in her day job in the marketing department at Pioneer Balloon, but she may have a future as a greeting card writer, too.

Conner entered a Hallmark contest to write a caption for a birthday card. She’s one of 39 winners nationally and now has a chance to have her caption turned into an actual card.

“I’m hoping that maybe it will be one of those,” Conner says.

Even if it’s not, she’s thrilled to have won and receive $250 for basically making fun of her husband, Chris.

Conner snapped a photo of her husband on the teacup ride at Walt Disney World. His eyes were closing, which made him look as if he were about to be ill.

She used the picture with the caption: “Now that you’re older, it might be best to avoid the spinning rides. Hold on tight and have a great birthday!”

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