Category Archives: Derby

Credit Union of America to move and expand Derby branch

WICHITA — The Derby Credit Union of America, which currently is at 620 N. Baltimore, is moving to the northeast corner of Rock Road and James Street.

“We’ve got this land deal done, and we’re trying to go full speed ahead on this branch,” says Glenda Burkett, vice president for marketing and business development.

“It is going to be a larger branch.”

The credit union is in 1,200 square feet now and will have 3,000 square feet in its new space. There also will be a drive-through with two or three lanes and an ATM lane. The current branch doesn’t have a drive-through.

“This will be a freestanding location that we are building,” Burkett says.

She says there won’t be a traditional teller line at the new branch.

Burkett says the employees who greet members will be full-service workers who are able to handle all of members’ needs.

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Derby’s Vanya Designs & Custom Sewing to almost double in size

WICHITA — Six months after moving her Vanya Designs & Custom Sewing to 1,700 square feet at Osage Village Center in Derby, Alicia Ybarra says she’s found herself in an unexpected position.

“It’s either turn work away or expand and hire and help the economy.”

So she says she’s decided to expand with an additional 1,200 square feet next door, which is part of the former Sunflower Quilts space.

“I also hired three people to help keep up with demand.”

Ybarra started her business out of her basement in 2007 and then moved to 1710 E. Madison in 2010. She thought her space at 413 N. Osage, which is just south of Madison and North Rock Road, would be large enough. It was immediately clear that wasn’t the case, though.

“Business has just been crazy,” Ybarra says. “The demand for what I do is even more since I moved.”

There’s such demand, Ybarra says, “I’m sorry, I’m sewing while we’re talking.”

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Sabai Spa & Salon in Derby’s Spring Creek to become Revive Spa and Salon

WICHITA — Jennifer Peterson is a Prudential Dinning-Beard Realtors agent, but when she heard her favorite spa was closing, she decided to get into that business as well.

Peterson is taking over the Sabai Spa & Salon in the Spring Creek shopping center at Madison and Rock Road in Derby and renaming it Revive Spa and Salon. The salon is an Aveda salon.

“I just saw a really good opportunity in the salon,” Peterson says. “I’ve been a client there for probably five years and just hated to see it go away because it felt like this area in Derby and the surrounding towns really needed something like that.”

Peterson will continue to sell real estate as well.

She says she’ll offer the same services Sabai has offered, including hair, makeup, massage, nails, facials and skincare.

“Pretty full service” is how she describes it.

Peterson plans to remodel the salon’s 3,000 square feet.

“We’re going to give the interior a little bit of a facelift,” she says. “Freshen it up.”

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Dentist Chris Hickerson to open new practice at Spring Creek in Derby

WICHITA — Derby dentist Chris Hickerson had already been thinking of starting his own practice when his employer asked him to sign a contract.

“I just really didn’t want to get tied down,” Hickerson says.

That’s why he’s decided to start his own practice.

“I thought, well, this is probably just as good of time as any.”

Hickerson’s self-named practice will be in the Spring Creek shopping center, an Occidental Management property in Derby at the southeast corner of Madison and Rock Road.

The practice, which will be in 2,000 square feet, will open sometime next week.

“I’d like to say Monday, but it’s hard to say,” Hickerson says.

Austin Kinzle of Healthcare Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Hickerson says he’ll offer general dental care for all ages along with some orthodontics. He says he’s also an Invisalign provider and will repair implants, which he says he hopes to also place in the future.

Eventually, he says he may also add an associate dentist to his staff.

“For a good while, it’ll probably just be me.”

Hickerson says he chose to name the practice after himself for a reason.

“I feel like I wanted people to know it was a locally owned and operated kind of place.”

Multigenerational residential concept to debut at the Oaks in Derby this spring

WICHITA — In an effort to attract more interest at the Oaks in Derby, residential and commercial developer Bill Lusk is debuting a new concept there this spring.

“He charged me with the task of figuring out how we can get some fresh traffic down there,” says Scott Shanks, Lusk’s sales manager for residential communities.

“We needed some way to get (real estate agents) to say, ‘Hey, I’ll come down there and look at your community and look at your concept.’”

Shanks came from Denver where he says he was part of an initiative to help families with multigenerational residential needs, such as baby boomers who are helping care for elderly parents.

The concept is “designed basically to be a home within a home,” Shanks says. “So from the street it looks like any other home.”

Inside, there’s a traditional entry into the home with a family room, kitchen, master bath and laundry. Then down the hall, where secondary bedrooms usually would be, there’s a door that opens to a kitchenette, family room, another large bedroom with a bathroom, a laundry room and a one-car garage with a private entrance, meaning whoever lives in the second area never has to go through the main house.

There are several floor plans from which to choose. The spaces will be separately heated and cooled.

“So a person could basically function like it’s their own home,” Shanks says, “ … without it totally interrupting the privacy of the family.”

He says families can finance homes together.

Shanks calls it “a solution that’s never been offered” in this area previously.

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Derby Antiques & More closes; owner struggling to pay vendors

WICHITA — Derby Antiques & More went out of business Jan. 31, but owner Sandra Ostrander is still dealing with the fallout from the less than 1-year-old business.

Ostrander, who lives in Atlanta but has Derby relatives, on Wednesday paid the antique mall’s approximately 200 vendors their January sales but wasn’t able to pay everyone in full.

“There are a lot of rumors going around that I’m a scam artist, and I’m not,” Ostrander says.

She says she voluntarily signed promissory notes and had them notarized for the vendors she could not pay. Ostrander says she also gave them her contact information.

“I want them to understand I am obligating myself.”

Ostrander says there were problems from the start, including serious maintenance issues at her leased space at Madison and Rock Road.

“The business has been running at a loss and going downhill for months,” she says. “It’s my fault because I haven’t been an active participant in the business.”

She says managers have handled the business for her.

“I guess I should not have allowed that.”

General manager Scott Divelbiss says that is true.

“Yes, she did have some managers here who made some really bad decisions on her behalf,” he says.

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Auto-Motion to open in former Shelton Collision Repair space

WICHITA — A new automotive shop is going to open in Derby at 122 N. Georgie, which was home to Shelton Collision Repair for more than three decades until its recent move.

Casey Kallhoff, who has worked for Advance Auto Parts for the last five years, is opening Auto-Motion.

“I just wanted to … have my own business,” Kallhoff says.

He says he and his staff of four will work on all makes and models but will specialize on later-model vehicles.

Kallhoff is leasing about 6,000 square feet of the 8,600-square-foot space.

“It will be huge,” he says. “We’ve got a lot of room to grow and add things and get bigger in the future.”

Grant Glasgow of NAI Martens handled the lease.

Auto-Motion will open in early January.

Kallhoff says Shelton Collision Repair will use the remainder of the building as overflow from its new shop, which is at 325 W. Patriot.

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You don’t say

“I said, ‘No,’ and I kind of exhausted my no’s at this point.”

– Derby economic development director Allison Moeding, who in January will regretfully leave her job after 11 years because her husband, Air Force reservist Mike Moeding, is being transferred to Joint Base Andrews

Integrity Chiropractic Center to open at Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — Just as the new driver’s license bureau is opening at Bristol Square in Derby, another new tenant has signed a lease at the shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s pretty good visibility,” chiropractor Ross Rawlins says of opening Integrity Chiropractic Center there early next month.

“I came back to Derby because this is actually where I grew up, and it’s just a really great place to raise a family.”

Rawlins and his wife are expecting their first child.

After graduating in 2011, Rawlins says he wasn’t sure where he wanted to practice. He wound up in Texas.

“Working in Texas made me kind of realize I wanted to go back to Kansas,” Rawlins says.

“I like a simple community,” he says. “I like to be able to go to the grocery store and know somebody there.”

Rawlins is calling his clinic Integrity Chiropractic Center in part after the integrity of the spine but also because of the kind of business he wants to run.

“I know a lot of people in town, and I wanted to kind of help serve them.”

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La Hacienda to open in Derby

WICHITA — There’s finally a new restaurant close to opening in the former China Buffet space at 1138 Nelson Drive in Derby.

Jose Ayala is opening La Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant that his family started in South Carolina.

“We want to try something different here,” Ayala says.

He’ll offer traditional Mexican food and a full bar starting sometime in October.