Category Archives: Salons

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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SpaRenity Nails & Organics to open in same Waterfront center as Bread & Circus

pedi1WICHITA — In keeping with the organic theme of the Waterfront’s new Whole Foods Market, which will go by Bread & Circus in Wichita, a new spa and salon featuring organic products is opening in the same center.

Wichitan Kevin Tuan and his family own four salons around Wichita, but now he’s branching out on his own for two more, including the one at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.

His first SpaRenity Nails & Organics will have a grand opening Sunday at 3750 N. Woodlawn.

Tuan says this will be a smaller spa, offering pedicures, manicures and facials, than the one he’ll open at the Waterfront. That one also will include massage.

Tuan says he wants to see how the first one goes and make adjustments for the Waterfront site.

The Woodlawn spa is opening in the former Golden Nail space.

“Everything’s brand new,” Tuan says.

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DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor to open at Eaton Place

UPDATED — Elvis hasn’t left the building yet, but he’s planning on it.

Shawn ElvisWillson and Doug Brewer are moving their DeVille’s Barbershop to the space at Eaton Place that Visual Fusion is vacating.

“As a barber, it’s a prime location,” Brewer says.

He expects a lot of walk-in traffic and business from nearby tenants, of which he says there are many.

The plan is to slightly change the name of the business and go with a “very old school” style, Brewer says.

The name DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor shows “the focus of where we’re going,” he says.

Brewer says he and Willson want to “go back to roughly the ’20s, ’30s, when they did a lot of shaves – straight razor shaves.”

“They’re getting more popular as the days go by,” Brewer says.

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“Sentimentally, it just makes me feel better about it. I think it’s cool that people are wanting to put businesses down here still.”

Joni Green, who is closing her Elements Hair & Bodyshop after 14 years in Old Town but is pleased another salon (she can’t say which one yet) is taking her place at 211 N. Washington

Sugar Salon to open at Normandie Center

WICHITA — After more than a decade working in downtown Wichita, stylist Susan Brady is opening a new salon at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.

Sugar Salon will open in mid-November in 1,200 square feet, which is bigger than Brady’s current Salon Lush at Occidental Plaza and smaller than Urban Image, which she used to have at Old Town Square.

“I would rather keep it small and intimate,” Brady says. “It makes for a cozier, more friendly environment.”

The chief difference with the new salon, other than being on the east side, is that Brady is once again going to have an Aveda salon.

“We had decided when we opened Salon Lush we would not carry Aveda; we would see what else is out there to offer,” Brady says.

She missed the quality of Aveda’s products and color along with Aveda’s education and “just their general support.”

“I finally realized I just need to stay with Aveda,” Brady says. “So when the opportunity presented itself to open … another Aveda salon, I of course jumped at the chance.”

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Great Clips to open at Tallgrass Plaza

WICHITA — Great Clips franchisee Lisa Schneider is getting ready to open another salon.

She’s taking a former salon space at Tallgrass Plaza at the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road. The salon will be between Great Wall and Boba Zone.

“This is actually my fourth salon, but my third in Wichita,” Schneider says.

She’s one of a few Great Clips franchisees here.

Schneider says the salon is a select service salon, meaning it offers haircuts, styles and perms but no color service. She says that’s because Great Clips wants to be able to guarantee its services, and it’s hard to guarantee color.

Great Clips officially will open on Oct. 26, but Schneider says she’ll probably have a soft opening a couple of days before that.

The salon will be in 1,400 square feet. Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Schneider already is thinking of future salons.

“I really don’t have plans to stop,” she says.

She’s interested in quantity, but only if the salons are quality as well.

“As long as I can continue to open them and maintain that for customers,” she says. “If the quality isn’t there, it’s time to stop.”

Nail Elements to expand in Derby

WICHITA — Nail Elements, one of the first tenants that opened in Occidental Management’s Spring Creek shopping center at Madison and Rock Road in Derby, is expanding.

Owner Vivian Le says it’s all about “more options for customers.”

She’s adding 632 square feet to her existing 1,600 square feet. Le says this will allow her to add more pedicure stations and throw parties for people wanting group nail treatments.

Le says the effect is “pretty much more delux.”

Occidental’s Chad Stafford handled the deal.

Amber’s Bellezza Salon & Boutique to open in its own space on West 13th Street

WICHITA — Technically, Amber Howard already has her own salon, which is a booth rental at Sola Salons at 21st and Tyler.

Now, though, Howard says she’s really getting her own place by moving her Amber’s Bellezza Salon & Boutique to 2534 W. 13th, which is on 13th Street between West Street and Meridian.

“I’ve been working really hard for the last eight years … just being able to have my own place,” she says. “It’s been my dream.”

In a nice twist for her, Howard says, “I’ll actually have booth renters.”

She has three renters so far and two booths still available.

The salon opens Sept. 3, and Howard plans a grand opening for Sept. 14.

Howard says the 1,000-square-foot space will have about 300 square feet for boutique items, such as jewelry, purses, wallets, scarves and ponchos.

“I have a lot of boutique items.”

You don’t say

“I just want to know if you can get a zebra-striped hairdo there.”

– A tweet from Delano resident Karen Cravens (@KarenInDelano) about the salon coming to Palim’s, an animal print furniture and accessory shop in Delano


Palim’s in Delano to soon house a salon

WICHITA — The almost 1-year-old Palim’s animal print furniture and accessory shop in Delano is going to soon have an unusual addition: A salon.

Owner Patty Womack’s daughter, Jenny Burns, is going to open the business within the shop at 919 W. Second St., which is across from Ty’s Diner.

“I gave up my storage room,” Womack says.

Burns has been doing hair for almost 20 years but recently took some time off. Now that she’s decided to reopen, Womack says her daughter decided she didn’t want to do a booth rental any longer.

Womack isn’t sure when the salon will open.

“There’s so many requirements you’ve got to meet before they can come in and inspect it.”

Womack doesn’t mind sacrificing her storage space because customers coming in for hair styling also will see what she has for sale.

“They’re going to have to come through the store,” Womack says. “That’s another plus.”