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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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Hair Factor Barber Shop closes after 56 years; contents to be sold at auction

WICHITA — Janice Chambers is in the antiques business, but when it comes to selling the contents of her husband’s barbershop, she’s decided to let Hudson Auction handle it.

“He never threw anything away,” Chambers says of her husband, Don, who owned Hair Factor Barber Shop for 56 years.

“Oh, it was horrible.”

Don Chambers closed his barbershop after business March 21.

Most recently, the shop was at 1923 S. Hydraulic, although Chambers often made house calls for those who couldn’t visit him and volunteered to cut the hair of veterans.

Janice Chambers says it took three 18-foot trailers to move the contents for the April 6 auction. The 1 p.m. auction will be at 2009 N. Mosley.

There are all kinds of barbershop items for sale, including a couple of revolving barber’s poles.

“Everything under the sun you can imagine,” is how Janice Chambers describes what’s for sale.

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Ginger Lily Boutique to close at Clifton Square but will keep on truckin’

WICHITA — Ginger Lily Boutique owner Holly Daley has decided to close her Clifton Square shop and keep on truckin’ instead.

Daley first opened her fashion truck in May of 2013. It was such a success, she decided to open a traditional shop, too.

“I wanted to try a storefront, but I feel it’s the best decision for me to get back out on the road, back to where I started,” Daley said in a release. “I want to see the city again!”

She also plans to begin selling online at www.gingerlilyboutique.com.

Ginger Lily will remain open at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas through April 30.

The release says that in addition to scheduled appearances, Daley will take the truck to public events as well.

The release said she “has become acquainted with some of the local food trucks and they often work together and provide an unmatched outdoor experience for foodies and fashionistas alike.”

 

You don’t say

“One of the biggest supporters of this group is a man, and I sleep with him every night.”

Melissa Giordano of Kansas Secured Title, referencing her husband at a Women In Commercial Real Estate meeting Thursday

J.R. Koontz puts his building on the market

koontztwoWICHITA — A couple of days after celebrating his 40th year in business, J.R. Koontz has put his building – not his J.R. Koontz Flowers – up for sale.

“I’m downsizing,” Koontz says.

“It’s been an increasing struggle for us as well as other businesses.”

Koontz bought the 10,000-square-foot building at 633 N. Broadway in 2003. The building was built as a house and eventually became a funeral home.

He says it’s a “fabulous” space but that he wants “to get out from underneath this.”

Koontz adds that he wants “someone to love it as much as we do because it’s a great facility.”

He says after selling the building, he’ll take care of debts and relocate.

“I have an idea where I’d like to go.”

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Sweet Willy’s Hillbilly BBQ to open on South Seneca

WICHITA — Insurance salesman Randy Hare has a number of inspirations for opening his own restaurant, Sweet Willy’s Hillbilly BBQ, near 47th and South Seneca.

“I got my roots from the Ozarks and from tasting the good Carolina barbecue around,” Hare says.

willy“Plus, my wife needed a job,” he says of his wife, Pam.

Hare has been the manager at City Life Cafe, where Youth for Christ kids have a chance to learn on the job, and he says he wants to offer them another place to do that.

The Hares are planning to open Sweet Willy’s at 4628 S. Seneca in about three weeks.

“It’s just going to be a little 30-seater,” Hare says.

He says they’ll also have catering, a drive-through and a food truck.

Hare plans to smoke the restaurant’s meat in front of the restaurant in view of passersby.

“If you’re down at the Sonic, you’re going to be able to smell my smoke.”

That’s part of his plan.

“You’ve got to have something.”

Hare says he’ll have smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs and a number of unusual offerings, such as traditional Poutine french fries with cheese curds in a brown gravy, inspired by Canadian partner.

Hare says he’s going to keep his insurance job as well.

“Unfortunately,” he says, “it’s against the law for me to give somebody a steak to buy a life insurance policy.”

Sweet Basil owner ‘overwhelmed’ with support following fire

Charli Singh in front of his fire-damaged Sweet Basil restaurant, which he plans to rebuild.

Charli Singh in front of his fire-damaged Sweet Basil restaurant, which he plans to rebuild.

WICHITA – Sweet Basil owner Charli Singh was in bed around 4 a.m. Wednesday when an alarm went off alerting him to a problem at his restaurant at 2424 N. Woodlawn.

He says he figured it was a low battery or a similar nonissue that he could take care of quickly and then “go back home and sleep.”

“I didn’t really dress for the occasion,” says Singh, who was greeted at the restaurant with firefighters battling a blaze in the kitchen.

Since then, Singh says he’s felt a range of emotions, especially gratitude. He says he’s thankful no one was hurt, and he appreciates the firefighters.

“They did an excellent job in putting out the fire.”

Singh says he was amazed at how well organized the scene was. He says that though the kitchen was “destroyed,” firefighters were able to put out the blaze before structural damage occurred. He says he’s not sure how the fire started.

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Kernel’s Popcorn Express to expand to former PrintMaster space

WICHITA — Four years ago, Merrill Lynch financial adviser Tracy Mavis had a client who was retiring and wondered whether Mavis might know someone who would be interested in his Popcorn Express business.

“I told him … I did not know anyone,” Mavis says.

Turns out he did.

“I got to thinking about it … and decided to buy it myself,” Mavis says. “It’s something that seemed like a lot of fun to do.”

Mavis says his instincts were correct, and now he and some family members are expanding their Kernel’s Popcorn Express by moving to the former PrintMaster space at Second and Wabash.

“It gives us a better retail location (and) more visibility,” Mavis says.

He also likes that the 6,000-square-foot space is close to downtown.

“It just seems like there’s always events going on downtown.”

Currently, Kernel’s makes and sells 40 flavors of popcorn in 2,000 square feet at 224 N. Kansas, between First and Second.

Mavis says he needs more space to make, store and display his products.

“It was just time to expand and take it to the next level,” he says.

John Potochnik of Weichert Realtors Compass Point and Elyssa Seymour of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Mavis’ goal is to move the 27-year-old business by late July.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Mavis says of the business. “Everybody’s always happy when they come in there, and everybody leaves happy.”

Building committee meeting canceled, but not before DCF lease details get distributed

UPDATED — A meeting of the Joint Committee on State Building Construction was canceled at the last minute Tuesday, but not before a sheet detailing a Department for Children and Families move was distributed.

“This is appalling,” Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita and a committee member, says of the lease numbers he saw on the sheet.

Nine state agencies, including more than 700 employees, are leaving the city-owned Finney State Office Building. More than 550 of those employees are with the DCF.

In February, Have You Heard? reported that the DCF was close to signing a deal for space that the U.S. Postal Service is vacating at 2601 S. Oliver. A story last week detailed how the possible lease wasn’t as close to being finalized as some had thought.

“It’s our intention to move into the postal service building,” DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed says. “The plan’s not finalized, so as I mentioned before, we can’t discuss the details of the pending contract.”

She does say, though, that the DCF is negotiating to remain in the Finney building an extra nine months after its lease expires at the end of September.

“We’ve been very appreciative of the cooperation between our staff and the city of Wichita to make that happen,” Freed says.

Ward is not appreciative of any part of the deal.

“They totally ignored the people of Wichita,” he says of the “number of voices from Wichita that said this move doesn’t make any sense.”

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OfficeMax on West Kellogg closing due to merger

WICHITA — Stores are starting to close following the merger of Office Depot and OfficeMax late last year.

The OfficeMax on West Kellogg will close on May 31.

“It’s due to the merger,” says supervisor Lynn Bradley.

She says 16 stores will close in the district that includes Kansas. California, Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Las Vegas are also in that district.

“We’re not sure if there will be more to come or not,” Bradley says of more closures.

She’s not sure how the other OfficeMax and Office Depot stores in Wichita will be affected.

Bradley says everything in the West Kellogg store will be sold by the time it closes, and that includes displays.

“The only thing that will be left in the store will be the lights.”