Category Archives: Salons

Forever French Nails & Organic Spa to open second spa near 21st and Ridge

WICHITA — The almost 4-year-old Forever French Nails & Organic Spa is expanding with a second site.

“We’re doing really well,” says Ken Tran.

Forever French Nails is at 375 S. Maize near Maple and Maize

The second one will be in 1,400 square feet at 7447 W. 21st St. near 21st and Ridge.

Tran says he wanted a larger space but decided to take this availability because he thinks it’s such a good spot.

“Everything’s going to be the same,” he says of the organic manicures and pedicures Forever French Nails offers.

“We use a lot of fruit,” Tran says.

That includes lime, orange and grapefruit. He says he also uses sugar and oatmeal for treatments.

“We also use honey in scrubs.”

Look for the new spa to open in early October.

Tran says he’d like to open more.

“If I can later on.”

Hair & Shampoo Center to close

WICHITA — The more than 20-year-old Hair & Shampoo Center near the southeast corner of 21st and Maize is closing.

“It’s a shame,” says employee Lisa Moody. “We’re a big, busy shop, and we’ve got tons of clients.”

Moody says salon owner Randy King had a stroke earlier this year.

“We have been running the shop …in the meantime,” she says of herself and some other employees.

Moody says a few of those employees looked at buying the business and continuing it.

“It’s just not going to work out,” she says.

There are usually about a dozen stylists working in the shop, and there’s a separate area for children, which Moody says has helped make it a popular salon.

She says the last day of business is Aug. 13.

“It’s all coming to a close.”

You don’t say

“I sat very still that day.”

Wichita Downtown Development Corp. president Jeff Fluhr on the first time he got a straight-razor shave at DeVille’s Barbershop & Shaving Parlor at Eaton Place

Lather A Boutique Salon has new space

WICHITA — Lather A Boutique Salon is expanding with new space.

“We are lathering it up,” says owner Liz Foley.

The salon has been on Central near Edgemoor for the last decade. The new space is at 2915 E. Douglas, which is just west of Hillside.

Foley says her new space will allow for more services, such as waxing, manicures and pedicures in addition to the hair cutting and coloring she already offers.

The salon’s official opening is Aug. 1, which coincides with its 10th anniversary, but Foley says she’s starting to see clients there now.

East side to get another Sola Salon

WICHITA — Wichita’s third Sola Salon is going to open in early August in Preston Village, which is on Central just east of Greenwich.

“We think that’s a great opportunity for a location over there,” says co-owner Scott Vanderhoofven. “We pretty much stay full on our east-side location.”

The other east-side Sola is in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock Road. There’s also one on the west side near 21st and Tyler.

The first east-side Sola has room for 28 booth rentals. The new one, which will be in 4,000 square feet, will have room for 18 booths, including single and double spaces.

Vanderhoofven says he may be looking to expand again, but it wouldn’t likely be with a second west-side Sola.

“We would probably look more in the downtown area.”

He says anyone in the cosmetology field, including hair stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and spray tanning businesses, can rent space.

Vanderhoofven says it makes it convenient for customers to get several services done at once, and it’s an opportunity for individuals to be in business with a little help.

“They’re in business for themselves but not by themselves, which is kind of cool.”

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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Sabai Spa & Salon in Derby’s Spring Creek to become Revive Spa and Salon

WICHITA — Jennifer Peterson is a Prudential Dinning-Beard Realtors agent, but when she heard her favorite spa was closing, she decided to get into that business as well.

Peterson is taking over the Sabai Spa & Salon in the Spring Creek shopping center at Madison and Rock Road in Derby and renaming it Revive Spa and Salon. The salon is an Aveda salon.

“I just saw a really good opportunity in the salon,” Peterson says. “I’ve been a client there for probably five years and just hated to see it go away because it felt like this area in Derby and the surrounding towns really needed something like that.”

Peterson will continue to sell real estate as well.

She says she’ll offer the same services Sabai has offered, including hair, makeup, massage, nails, facials and skincare.

“Pretty full service” is how she describes it.

Peterson plans to remodel the salon’s 3,000 square feet.

“We’re going to give the interior a little bit of a facelift,” she says. “Freshen it up.”

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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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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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