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Child Start moves into its new headquarters

WICHITA — This summer, Have You Heard? reported that Child Start would be moving its headquarters within the Parklane Shopping Center.

This weekend, it’s happening.

Child Start, a nonprofit that provides early childhood development services, is keeping a sliver of its current space but moving the rest of its administrative office to about 30,000 square feet where Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores used to be. That store moved to the former CompUSA space at 3665 N. Rock Road.

The new Child Start space is designed to meet the nonprofit’s needs. Eighty of Child Start’s 250 employees will work there, and there will be training facilities as well.

“In addition to having space that is more flexible for staff, we hope that larger training rooms, increased visibility and new signage will make us more available to families and caregivers as we prepare young children for lifelong success,” said executive director Teresa Rupp in a statement.

Dennis Fitzroy, a vice president with Builders Inc., handled the new Child Start lease at Parklane. Jeff Englert of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group represented Child Start. WDM Architects also helped with the new space.





A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center expands at Parklane Shopping Center

WICHITA — For every story of a business closing lately there seems to be one of a business expanding.

The latest is A-1 Singer Pfaff Sewing Center in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver.

“We’re going to more than double our size,” owner Dan Beltz says.

He’s had the store since 1992.

“Believe it or not, we only had 800 square feet before,” Beltz says.

He’s adding another 1,100 square feet by knocking out a wall and expanding into the former Prairie Quilts space.

Beltz’s story isn’t typical for his industry.

“Nationwide, we’re losing a lot of sewing machine dealers. They’re just not making it. Even here in town some of them are hurting.”

His business is “doing extremely well,” though.

“We’re taking awfully good care of our customers,” Beltz says.

The service side of his business, which has four employees repairing equipment, is doing especially well.

Beltz says people send sewing machines for repair from as far away as overseas.

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