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Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop to open at Oxford Square in July

WICHITA — After years of working for others, Paris and Mark Walker are opening their own business.

Their Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop will open next month in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn.

Paris Walker says “just the independence” of having their own place appealed to them.

“That motivated us,” she says.

She’s a cosmetologist, and Mark Walker is a barber. The shop will employ at least two other stylists and two other barbers as well.

Paris Walker says where she works now is not particularly kid friendly.

“I’m a very family oriented person,” she says.

She says she’ll welcome children of employees at the shop.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Walker says she and her husband like the traffic in the area and that it’s close to dining and a beauty supply store. She also thinks there’s a lot of people near there who can benefit from the shop’s services.

“It was just a really good area as far as the neighborhood.”

Headshots Bar & Grill to open in the former Backstage space at Oxford Square

WICHITA — Ryan Revard is excited to talk about the new bar and grill he’s planning for the former Backstage space in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn, but at the same time he doesn’t want to go into too much detail yet.

“I am trying to avoid a knee-jerk reaction from people when they see it,” he says. That’s because he’s planning a themed business that focuses on video games, which will feature free console-based video games. He’s calling it Headshots Bar & Grill.

“That can mean a lot of things to a very broad range of people,” he says of the name.

Revard says he doesn’t want anyone to say, “Oh, this is a bar for people who live in their mom’s basement and don’t have jobs.”

He says, “By nature, a game is a social interaction between multiple people.”

The business will target people ages 21 to 35, which is why Revard says he wanted to be near Wichita State University, but he says anyone will be welcome.

Revard is a gamer himself, and he also has a mixology degree.

“I wanted to combine my two most favorite things and make a business out if it.”

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Liberty Tax Service to open at Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Liberty Tax Service franchisees Darrell and Kathie Phipps are opening a new location in time for tax season.

The new site will be at Oxford Square, which is at the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Darrell Phipps says they already have locations in Newton and at Central and Hillside in Wichita. They closed a Valley Center office at the end of last tax season.

“It just wasn’t performing … to our expectations,” he says. “We’re moving everything basically from that store into this location.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Phipps says when he started the business six tax seasons ago, his goal was to have three or four locations. He says there’s a chance he could open more.

“It’s always a possibility.”