Category Archives: New business

Get Air Wichita to open next week

WICHITA — Some new businesses open with the hope that customers will come, but the new Get Air Wichita is opening next week with what looks to be a built-in customer base.

“We probably get 50 calls a day,” co-owner Mike Goetz says of people who are interested in the business.

Get Air Wichita, which is part of a growing chain of a dozen Get Air parks nationally, is a giant indoor trampoline park that’s taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycle space downtown on New York Street between Douglas and First.

Almost half of the 22,000-square-foot park will be a trampoline, which will have different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits, which have video playback so people can watch their flips. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

This week, the trampolines will be installed along with some graffiti art – the intentional kind.

Other Get Air sites in the chain are popular for children and birthday parties, but Goetz says the business has something for all ages. For instance, there are teen nights on the weekends, and the company has hired a fitness director and is working on a schedule for fitness classes. Get Air Wichita also can be rented for corporate events.

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Group of former InnerWorks Holistic Health Center practitioners start the Body Studio

WICHITA — A group of former InnerWorks Holistic Health Center practitioners who massage therapist Amber Davey says “were kind of just thrust out into the world” are starting their own place.

Before it closed, InnerWorks was home to about a dozen practitioners who offered services related to alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, kinesiology, massage and yoga.

Davey says InnerWorks closed when the owners of its space at 3425 W. Central sold the building.

Now she and massage therapists Heidi Barker and Courtney Bensch and personal trainer Renee Clark, who has GetFit Personal Training, are starting the Body Studio in the Maple Street Mini Mall at 4800 W. Maple.

Former InnerWorks body worker Vickie Carter is joining them as well.

Davey says the practitioners have known for a long time that they may lose their InnerWorks space, but the hope was the new owners of the building might want to continue it. When that didn’t happen, she says it was a quick 30 days that she and the other Body Studio owners swung into gear and got their new space. Davey says they all work well together and are friends in addition to colleagues.

The Body Studio will offer yoga, including group and specialty classes and private classes. A couple of yoga instructors from InnerWorks will be there along with a new instructor. There also will be meditation classes.

In addition, the Body Studio will rent 650 square feet of its 2,400 square feet for others to use.

“We’re just doing it for health and wellness professionals,” Davey says.

She says that might be someone who wants to offer continuing education classes or yoga instruction workshops.

“We know a lot of people who are like us.”

The practitioners have been helping former InnerWorks clients in the transition, but they’ll officially welcome new clients at a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 1.

Nahola Fitness Center and pickleball court to open on West Central

WICHITA — The owners of Adventure Planet Child Care Center along with another partner are targeting adults for their next adventure.

Nahola Fitness Center is opening at 5228 W. Central, which is behind Adventure Planet and just east of Interstate 235.

“We’re trying to get a place that older people (can) hang out and socialize,” says Kayla Keuter.

She says the idea is to exercise and have fun. A big way she and her partners think members can have fun is through pickleball, which Keuter says is “the new, upcoming sport, especially for older adults.”

Nahola will have a pickleball court. Keuter explains the sport as tennis on a badminton court. It’s played with a plastic ball and wooden paddles

“One of my partners and I have always wanted to do this,” Keuter says.

She calls it an exciting, competitive game.

The 6,000-square-foot fitness center will have an exercise area, personal trainers, a separate room for yoga and training and, eventually, a massage room.

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Tutoring Center to open at Village at Greenwich

WICHITA — Sachin Bharati’s two small children aren’t old enough for school and test-taking yet, but he’s already thinking of their future and starting a Tutoring Center franchise here.

The business, which is part of a California-based chain, will open this summer next to Supercuts in 1,400 square feet at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich.

“I was just really intrigued by the program,” Bharati says.

The franchise offers an after-school education center for children from kindergarten through 12th grade and specializes in reading, math and writing.

“It’s all one-to-one individual instruction for children,” Bharati says.

The franchise also has SAT and ACT prep classes, which Bharati won’t have immediately “but hopefully down the line.”

“That was a really strong factor, too,” he says of his interest in the franchise.

Initially, Bharati will have two to four instructors.

“It depends on the demand after that.”

Bharati is the business manager for his father Ralph Bharati’s psychiatry office, which he’ll continue to do in addition to having the Tutoring Center.

“Basically,” he says, “I wanted to bring something to the community here for the children.”

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.”

Firehouse Subs is first tenant at new strip center at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Slawson Cos. is preparing to start building a strip center in front of the SuperTarget at NewMarket Square later this month and has landed its first tenant for it: Firehouse Subs.

“We acquired from Target an outparcel basically in front of their NewMarket Square store that’ll be just north of the Intrust Bank … branch bank,” says Slawson’s Jerry Jones.

Firehouse Subs will be in 2,000 square feet on the north end of the 10,000-square-foot center.

Jones says two other potential deals for the center are in advance stages of negotiation. If they happen, that would leave 2,800 square feet to lease to a tenant or 1,400 square feet each for two tenants.

Firehouse Subs franchisees Dana and Troy Todd would like to do five of the restaurants in the greater Wichita area. Franchisees Megan and Andrew Reece opened Wichita’s first Firehouse late last year at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

Dana Todd says NewMarket Square is a great place to open Firehouse.

“It’s a well-established area, and it seems to be continuing to grow.”

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Wichita’s Whole Foods Market may not have to be called Bread & Circus

breadncircusWICHITA — According to a poll so informal it probably shouldn’t be called a poll, it looks like the Bread & Circus name that Wichita’s new Whole Foods Market will go by here isn’t exactly being embraced.

Or, to be blunt, no one seems to like it – or actually call the store by that name.

There’s a glimmer of hope, though, for those who prefer the Whole Foods name.

The reason the Austin-based chain chose Bread & Circus, which was the name of some stores the company bought in 1992, is Wichita’s local Whole Foods Association already had the name here.

GreenAcres Market owner Barb Hoffmann purchased the Whole Foods Association stores in January, and it appears she’s now considering letting the larger Whole Foods chain have the name.

“I’m not able to say anything right now,” Hoffmann says.

She says she’ll likely be able to talk in a couple of weeks.

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Locker Room by Lids to open at Towne East

WICHITA — Locker Room by Lids is coming to Towne East Square this spring on the lower level of the mall near JCPenney.

The store sells sports apparel and accessories.

Also this spring at Towne East, teen retailer Aeropostale is relocating to the upper level near Old Navy in the JCPenney wing.

“We’re excited to welcome Locker Room by Lids to Towne East Square soon,” Towne East general manager Jeffrey Runnels said in a release. “The addition of this store and renovations to existing retailers complements our already great mix of retail and dining options, providing more options for Wichita shoppers.”

Quincy’s Bar & Grill owner to open second restaurant and bar in Moundridge

WICHITA — Kyle Estep wasn’t looking to open a bar and restaurant in his wife Nancy’s hometown of Moundridge, but that’s what he’s now doing.

“We’re just opening Quincy’s No. 2 out there,” says Estep, whose first Quincy’s Bar & Grill is near 21st and West streets.

Estep is opening in the 6,000-square-foot brick building that formerly was home to Block 32 Eatery & Pub in Moundridge.

He says the building was built in 2007 as something of a gift to the community.

“A couple of individuals felt that it was time to get a full-service restaurant in town,” Estep says.

“They spared no expense on stuff. It’s a beautiful facility.”

There’s a main level, a second floor meeting space that can hold 60 and “a bunkerlike basement.”

“They just shut it down about a year ago,” Estep says. “It’s been kind of mothballed is the best way to describe it.”

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Raven’s Room to open at Pour Haus space

UPDATED — A new restaurant and bar is opening in the former Pour Haus Restaurant and Tavern space at the southeast corner of Maple and Seneca in early May.

Jeravicious Raven is opening Raven’s Room as “a restaurant and rock bar.”

Raven says he’ll have live music Thursdays through Saturdays and occasionally other days as well.

The business will be open every day but Sunday for lunch and dinner, which will mostly be burgers, sandwiches and steaks.

He previously owned Lexi’s Restaurant and Bar at 3008 W. Central.

“It didn’t go very well,” Raven says.

“I really didn’t have enough money to do it,” he says. “There were so many things I didn’t know.”

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