Category Archives: Eaton Place

DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Elvis hasn’t left the building yet, but he’s planning on it.

Shawn ElvisWillson and Doug Brewer are moving their DeVille’s Barbershop to the space at Eaton Place that Visual Fusion is vacating.

“As a barber, it’s a prime location,” Brewer says.

He expects a lot of walk-in traffic and business from nearby tenants, of which he says there are many.

The plan is to slightly change the name of the business and go with a “very old school” style, Brewer says.

The name DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor shows “the focus of where we’re going,” he says.

Brewer says he and Willson want to “go back to roughly the ’20s, ’30s, when they did a lot of shaves – straight razor shaves.”

“They’re getting more popular as the days go by,” Brewer says.

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Unveiled, a bridal accessory shop, to open in Eaton Place in January

WICHITA — Another new business is coming to Eaton Place at Douglas and St. Francis, and it’s almost as sweet as the bakery that used to be in the building.

Sarah Brooks is opening Unveiled, a bridal accessory shop, in the approximately 800 square feet where the Eaton Steakhouse’s bakery once was.

“The accessories are just a personal love of mine,” Brooks says. “It changes the whole dynamic of the dress.”

She sells dresses, too, at her McPherson bridal shop, Kari Lynn’s, but that won’t be her focus at Unveiled.

“Everything but the dress I guess is a good way to say it,” Brooks says. “That’s where all your bling is. … We felt like it was a niche that we could really provide beyond the dress.”

Brooks says she wants to create a shop where brides can bring in dresses and “then we can just deck them out.”

She’ll sell headpieces, tiaras, jewelry and shoes along with a few other items.

“I haven’t nailed it all down.”

Brooks is keeping her McPherson shop but moving to Wichita, where she has family, to start the new one in January.

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RJ’s House of Fades to move to Eaton Place, but owner Ronnie Robinson Jr. has bigger dreams than doing hair

WICHITA — Ronnie Robinson Jr. is the second person to sign a new lease at Eaton Place in the last week.

He’s moving his RJ’s House of Fades barber shop from its current location near Harry and Edgemoor to the west side of Eaton Place at 106 S. Emporia. That’s two doors north of where the new McCracken Guitars will be opening later this month.

Robinson’s shop is named for a type of haircut that’s popular among black men.

“Of course, we can cut any style of hair,” Robinson says.

In addition to liking how centralized his new location will be — and appreciating downtown in general — Robinson particularly likes the history of Eaton Place.

“I would rather bring back the old feel.”

Leo Goseland of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate handled the deal.

Robinson is so interested in downtown and history, he’s in talks with potential investors about possibly doing something with the former Union Station just down Douglas from where his barber shop will be.

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McCracken Guitars to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Former E.M. Shorts Guitars luthier Andrew McCracken is now opening his own store, McCracken Guitars, at Eaton Place.

McCracken’s shop will be on the west side of Eaton Place at 110 S. Emporia.

“We’ll be focusing on vintage instrument repairs and restoration,” McCracken says. “Of course, we’ll take care of people with newer ones as well.”

He’ll mainly work on guitars but also will fix mandolins and do minor repairs on dulcimers.

“We also want to work with effects pedals,” McCracken says.

He’s also going to offer complementary vacuum tube testing so musicians won’t have to guess whether their amplifiers are giving their best sound.

McCracken says a lot of shops in Wichita focus on work with particular manufacturers.

“We kind of wanted to have a stand-alone repair shop,” he says.

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Salon Teased to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED –There are signs in the window at 509 E. Douglas at Eaton Place that tease a new business coming there.

It’s part of a little double entendre for Leslie Way’s new Salon Teased, a salon and spa that’s opening next month.

Way is a Wichita native who now lives in Los Angeles.

Her daughter, stylist Tiffany Tajchman, will manage the business. Her mother, Rachel Klein, is helping open the business as well.

They’re all three members of the Emerald City Chorus.

“I would eventually like to move back here,” Way says.

She and her husband, Van Snow, have a California company that builds electronic test equipment for aerospace satellite communication.

“That allows us to pay . . . to do other stuff,” she says.

Downtown was a natural choice, Way says.

“We like the historical value,” she says. “We wanted to be part of the up-front development of this Wichita (downtown) district that’s happening.”

She stopped in to see the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., her next-door neighbor, and saw the city’s plan for redeveloping downtown.

“I looked at everything, and I’m like, wow, what great growth.”

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