Category Archives: Sweetbriar

Sake to open in former Taiwan Restaurant

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Taiwan Restaurant in the Sweetbriar shopping center at 21st and Amidon has closed, but the owner is opening a new restaurant in its place.

Lin Jason says he had a buffet at the restaurant but decided he has too much buffet competition.

Instead, he’s converting the restaurant from a Chinese buffet to a Japanese restaurant called Sake. There will be no buffet.

In addition to changing the concept, Jason says he’s painting and refreshing the space as well and should be ready to open it around November.

Nectar of the Gods Vape Shop to open in Sweetbriar at 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — Before he decided to open his own electronic cigarette shop, David Ford tried to count how many there already are in Wichita.

It’s hard to come up with an exact figure, but suffice it to say there are a lot.

That didn’t deter Ford, though, who is opening Nectar of the Gods Vape Shop in the Sweetbriar shopping center on the northwest corner of 21st and Amidon.

“There’s two hookah lounges right there … but there’s no vape shops in any kind of proximity to that area,” Ford says. “That’s the whole reason I went there.”

The store will open in early September. Ford may open more shops after that.

“I would like to,” he says. “We’ll see how it works out.”

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Ford says the juices that people can vape come in all sorts of flavors, such as a New York cheesecake that offers all of the flavor “without all the … guilt of the calories you’re putting on.”

“It’s basically nectar,” he says of the juices.

He says nectar of the gods is fabled to have lifesaving powers.

“If you get people off of smoking, they can live a little longer,” Ford says. “That’s the whole point behind Nectar of the Gods.”

Connie Hamilton to open Party Party Party next to her Connie’s Cookies in Sweetbriar

WICHITA — A birthday party Connie Hamilton threw for her granddaughter a couple of years ago is the inspiration for her latest business.

Hamilton is opening Party Party Party next to her Connie’s Cookies in the Sweetbriar shopping center at 21st and Amidon.

“I’ve been asked for years . . . do we do parties or do we do classes?” Hamilton says.

Now she will.

The new business, which will be in about 1,700 square feet, will have several party rooms and will offer packages that include baking and frosting cookies.

Hamilton threw a similar party when her granddaughter, Haley Smith, turned 9.

“It was such a huge hit, most of the girls were like, ‘Mommy, Mommy, I want this for my birthday!’ ”

Hamilton initially thought she’d offer the parties mainly for young girls on the weekends.

“Everybody I mentioned this to said the same thing. ‘Well, what about the big girls? What if we want to have a girls’ night out?’ ”

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