Category Archives: New business

MOXI Junction uses Kickstarter for final financial push before opening in Maize

WICHITA — The new Maize coffeehouse MOXI Junction has a building now, but its kitchen is empty, so Joanna Kilgore has begun a Kickstarter campaign to finance it.

“We were doing really well, and then my funding collapsed,” she says. “I had a verbal, ‘Yes,’ that turned into a, ‘No.’”

In October, Have You Heard? reported that Kilgore and some Maize-area friends, including two other mothers of special-needs children, are opening the business as a place for their kids to work. The coffeehouse also will have a bakery and art gallery.

MOXI, which stands for Mothers of Exceptional Individuals, will be at the northwest corner of Park and Central in Maize.

“I’m paying for 99 percent myself,” Kilgore says.

She says a farm bank has been helping her.

“They would much rather give to farms than speciality coffee. It makes more sense to them.”

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Dave Dunn to open Billy Sims Barbecue

WICHITA — Dave Dunn, who used to own Emerson Biggin’s, is bringing a new restaurant concept to Wichita.

Dunn already owns a Billy Sims Barbecue in Oklahoma City, and in September he’s opening one at the southwest corner of Kellogg and Andover.

Sims was a Heisman winner at the University of Oklahoma who went on to play for the Detroit Lions. Dunn says he’s one of his heroes.

“Just remember watching him,” Dunn says. “Would never dream I would be in business with him. We see him a lot, really. He’s very hands-on with franchisees.”

Dunn’s Oklahoma City restaurant was the 18th for the Tulsa-based chain, which now has more than 40 restaurants.

“They’re growing fast,” he says.

Dunn says there aren’t enough rooftops near his Oklahoma City restaurant.

“I do think Wichita will be better.”

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Manhattan-based Midland Exteriors opens Wichita branch

WICHITA — Manhattan-based Midland Exteriors now has a new company in Wichita: Midland Exteriors of Wichita.

The business sells siding, guttering, doors and windows. Its main line is Marvin Infinity windows.

“Marvin didn’t have a presence in Wichita,” says Jason Stuever, Midland’s Wichita branch manager.

He says the company asked Midland owner Jamie Musa to open a branch here.

Stuever had been a vendor for Midland.

“We decided to go ahead and join forces and open this branch in Wichita together,” Stuever says.

The company is at 2333 S. West St., which is near K-42 and West St. It has 3,750 square feet, about 1,500 square feet of which is a showroom.

Stuever says Infinity windows are fiberglass.

“Fiberglass is really stable,” he says.

He says fiberglass can be stained to look like wood but doesn’t rot like wood or warp like vinyl.

“Plus fiberglass is a much stronger material.”

Stuever says he and Musa would like to expand further but not just yet.

“It’s kind of taking one step at a time here.”

QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores

WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.

QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.

“We’d like to get a QuikTrip or something like that,” says City Manager Ty Lasher. “We’d take anything.”

He says it’s not like there aren’t convenience stores in the area, though.

“They’re all very close.”

Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.

“We would like to go there, yes,” he says. “There’s still a ways to go where I’d have dates.”

When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain’s latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.

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Finns Lounge grand reopening is Saturday

WICHITA — Like most bar and restaurant openings, the new version of Finns Lounge in Old Town has taken longer than expected to get ready.

It’s ready now, though.

Amy Stepien, who used to work at Finns when Greg Finley owned it, and her husband, Jason, are having a grand reopening on Saturday.

While staff is in training this week, Amy Stepien says Finns will accept walk-in business as well.

The bar, which no longer has any affiliation with Finley, is at 131 N. Rock Island.

As Amy Stepien told Have You Heard? in March, “It is still going to be Finns Lounge because Finns has been known in Old Town.”

Done deal: Jimmy’s Egg to open by Tanya’s Soup Kitchen

WICHITA — He’s still working on some city permitting, but otherwise Wink Hartman Sr. has a done deal for a new Jimmy’s Egg to open in the same building as Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

“We’ve already demolished the space,” Hartman says. “We think we’ll for sure be open in September.”

In early May, Have You Heard? reported that Hartman wanted to put his fifth Wichita Jimmy’s Egg in Phil Ruffin’s Sunburst Plaza at 1725 at the southeast corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.

Hartman previously said he thinks there’s room for another breakfast and lunch place in the area, where the Donut Whole is also across the street.

“After that, we are looking at the possibility of downtown Topeka and possibly Emporia,” Hartman says. “We’re going to take a hard look at downtown Topeka.”

He says a breakfast-and-lunch concept makes sense for the state’s capital, where there may be more workers in the area in the morning and around lunch than later in the day.

Hartman may not be done with the Wichita area either.

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Boba Zone to open this weekend

WICHITA — It’s more than a week later than planned, but the new west-side Boba Zone is opening this weekend.

Wichita’s first Boba Zone opened near 21st and North Rock Road in 2008.

The business, which bills itself as a smoothie and juice bar, Internet cafe and coffee shop, is opening its second site by Jose Pepper’s at 21st and Tyler Road.

A Little Bit of Everything resale shop to open on west side

WICHITA — LaDonna West wants to make one thing clear about what she and her cousin, Sheri Sharp, will carry when they open their new west-side resale shop next month:

“No clothing.”

West says there are already plenty of shops for that.

A Little Bit of Everything will carry a little bit of everything else, though.

“Everything that you would buy at an estate sale pretty much,” West says.

The shop is opening June 3 at 9428 W. Central, which is between Tyler and Maize Road.

West says Sharp has already been in the business online.

“She’s been buying and selling on eBay for, like, 14 years,” West says. “She’s just accumulated so much stuff.”

The idea, West says, is “to take her hobby and turn it into revenue.”

Sharp has been living in Topeka but is moving to Wichita. In addition to the 1,400-square-foot store, West and Sharp will have an eBay store.

They’ll sell furniture, home decor, art, garden decor, linens, bedding, glass and games.

“Everybody kept asking us, ‘What are you going to sell?’” West says.

“It’s a little bit of everything, so that’s the name of the store.”

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open in Newton

WICHITA — Newton entrepreneurs Shawn and Madeline Stobbe are opening another new business.

“We like to stay busy, I guess,” Shawn Stobbe says.

The Stobbes run three family stores – Kitchen Corner and Main Street Co. in Newton and Redbird Boutique in Wichita – and Madeline Stobbe also teaches yoga and has competitive dance teams.

Now, they’re opening Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 214 E. 12th St. in Newton.

Dickey’s is a Dallas-based chain.

Stobbe credits his late father-in-law with inspiring him to own a franchise.

“He always told me, ‘If I could do it all again, I would just franchise.’”

So for about a half a year, the Stobbes studied all kinds of franchises.

“Dickey’s just kept coming up on the top of my list,” Shawn Stobbe says.

He says he’s “passionate” about food in general and barbecue in particular. Stobbe says he likes the philosophy behind Dickey’s as well.

“They’re not just there to be a restaurant,” he says. “They’re there to be a part of communities and add heart to communities.”

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Bob’s Place to reopen in the Market Centre, sans founding barber Bob Shanks

WICHITA — Cosmetologist Tracy Carrington and barber Steven Dreiling are carrying on a Wichita tradition by reopening Bob’s Place.

“I was OK with retiring, but if Tracy wants to use the name, she’s perfectly welcome to it,” says Bob Shanks, who was a barber for more than 50 years in three buildings within four blocks of downtown.

The new shop is opening next month in the Market Centre at the southwest corner of First and Market.

Carrington began working with Shanks in 2009 and Dreiling started in 2012.

“We just wanted to … bring it back,” Carrington says of the Bob’s Place name.

“He’s just a huge mentor to me,” she says of Shanks.

“He was just a huge, huge part of my life. This is really … mostly to show my respect and love for him as a mentor.”

Shanks came from a family of barbers and stylists.

“The whole family has been in the hair business for about 250 years total time,” he says.

Unlike the rest of his family, Shanks says, “I didn’t want to work in the suburbs. I wanted to work in the business area.”

He says for years, he cut the hair of “CEOs of major companies and the presidents of major banks and heads of law firms.”

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