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Bloom Wellness to open with studios downtown and in College Hill

WICHITA — Jessica St. Clair-Stong is returning to what she loves by opening Bloom Wellness yoga studios next week.

“I felt like there was a real opportunity,” she says.

The Kansas native had been living abroad when she trained in Prague to teach yoga, “as everybody does, right?” she says, laughing.

St. Clair-Stong then taught in France and London.

“It was a great gig.”

She moved to Wichita to be with family a couple of years ago and then married Chris Stong, director of operations forNuWay.

Now, she’s opening Bloom Wellness, which will serve clients out of Janelle Robertson’s Trove Total Body Studio at the Renfro at 612 E. Douglas. St. Clair-Stong also will have a studio at her College Hill home, but she says she wanted that downtown experience, too.

“I love downtown Wichita,” she says. “I love the space. I love Trove.”

Through yoga, St. Clair-Stong says she wants to “create a sense of community and connection.”

The Renfro space has room for only six people.

“It’s almost like personalized instruction,” St. Clair-Stong says.

She also offers health and nutrition coaching and cranial-sacral therapy, which she describes as “almost like a gentle massage.”

“It sounds wild, I realize that.”

St. Clair-Stong says she has a variety of approaches to yoga.

“My classes are different, I think, than … what you have come to expect yoga to be.”

St. Clair-Stong has a graduate degree in psychology and emphasizes emotional and physical connections. She says yoga is more about feeling, form and structure “and knowing your body and feeling your body.”

“Yoga is more about understanding yourself versus pumping through poses.”

Dillons adding fuel center at Central and Maize store

WICHITA — Dillons is adding a fuel center to its store at Central and Maize in west Wichita.

Work started Monday and is scheduled to be completed later this fall.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says the center will have a traditional service kiosk for “all those on-the-go type items” such as candy bars, cigarettes and lottery tickets.

There will be five fuel dispensers that can service 10 vehicles at a time.

The center will be built at the southeast corner of the Dillons parking lot.

 

 

 

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You don’t say

“I can barely walk and chew gum.”

– Filmmaker Ed Shank, whose “Cowboys” has been accepted into the Tallgrass Film Festival, on cowboy Matt Perrier being able to “converse intelligently while riding a horse”

Old Town Suites becomes Swope Lofts

swope2UPDATED — The three-story red brick building at the southeast corner of Douglas and Washington is no longer going to be known for its position on the edge of Old Town.

swope1 Old Town Suites has gone back to its 1915 roots and is now known as Swope Lofts.

Sidney M. Swope built the building, which became a hotel in 1921.

“In honor of the 100-year anniversary, we switched it to the Swope Lofts,” says Mark Steiner, who bought the property in 1993. His cousin, Scott Steiner, became a partner in 1997.

When Mark Steiner purchased the 18,000-square-foot building, he renovated it for apartments and some commercial on the first floor. Original tenants the Aquarium in Old Town and Catholic Art & Gifts are still in the building.

swope4In addition to now rebranding the property, Steiner says, “We’re changing the theme.”

He credits his son, Clayton, with the changes.

“Clayton, my son, has done a terrific job renovating these,” Steiner says. “It was kind of his idea to rebrand all this.”

Clayton Steiner began managing the property last year, and Steiner says his son is creating an industrial, modern design in the building.

“He’s exposing all the brick and all the original hardwood,” Steiner says.swope3

Clayton Steiner also is taking out ceilings to expose wood beams, and he’s renovated the lobby.

Steiner says so far they’ve redone about five apartments and are doing more as they come open.

“We’re having a terrific response to it.”

Polished. to open at the Waterfront

WICHITA — Another new business is opening at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb.

Polished. – with a period to make a point – is a full-service nail salon, but owner Lisa White thinks she can set her business apart with its atmosphere.

“It’s just going to be kind of a little more customer friendly, a little more tailored, a little more detailed toward the customers and their care and their nail care,” she says.

White says a lot of nail salons rush their clients in and out. She feels the salon atmosphere “really could be stepped up a notch.”

There will be a private room for custom pedicures and for people who want to have pedicures in pairs.

White plans to eventually offer parties as well.

“I’ve got some really great party ideas that I’d like to include down the road.”

Polished. will open in the former Fitness Together space, which is 1,525 square feet, next to Doc Green’s in early September.

White says she’ll have a small retail area “which I hope to grow.” Initially, that will include nail products. Eventually, there may be such items as jewelry and candles.

Don Piros and Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space.

White has been in the assisted living industry for almost 20 years.

“I’ve just always wanted to own my own business.”

White has been working on Polished. for two years, but she experienced a few holdups along the way.

“It’s all coming together now,” she says, “so it’s exciting.”

You don’t say

hoppingagain“As long as it’s socially acceptable.”

Torrey Lattin, who is opening the Hopping Gnome brewery at 1710 E. Douglas with a little help from Kickstarter and who will let two $3,000 donors name and brew a beer

You don’t say

“Yay! Blackened T-Shirts!”

– Wichitan Mike Rishell’s (@mikerishell) tweet after he heard Tad’s Locker Room is going in the Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

Tad’s Locker Room to open in former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

WICHITA — From restaurant to locker room.

The former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill near 21st and Ridge is going to be the new home of a west-side Tad’s Locker Room.

The original Tad’s is in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb on the east side.

tadtwo“It just fell in place,” owner Tad Snarenberger says of the deal.

He almost had a different west-side deal and had preordered merchandise when it fell through.

“God has really helped us do this because we didn’t have a place to go,” Snarenberger says.

The 5,400-square-foot space is just over what the east-side store has.

“It’s just like a large ranch,” Snarenberger says of the long space.

Snarenberger’s store, which sells sports apparel and memorabilia, used to be called Sports Time Fan Shop until he and a partner split in 2012.

There’s still a Sports Time Fan Shop in NewMarket Square up the road from where Tad’s will open.

Snarenberger says he feels like Tad’s has a strong enough market presence now to open a second shop.

Intrust Bank has my back on this,” he says.

Snarenberger thinks his store works because of his strong staff and because he’s in the shop daily, which he’ll continue to be at both stores.

“Yeah, he’s a local guy,” he says customers say. “He’s doing the local thing.”

The new store likely will open in early October.

“It is a huge leap,” Snarenberger says. “It’s exciting.”

You don’t say

“It’ll be finally nice to have money at least coming two directions instead of just going one direction.”

Mike Dandurand on getting the new Dandurand Drugstore open at 21st and Ridge

Wich-a-what? Emery Goad has seen more Wichita misspellings than most

WICHITA — Private investigator Emery Goad has been collecting ridiculous spellings of “Wichita” that he’s received via fax, e-mail and mail for the last quarter century or so.

“It’s hilarious,” he says. “I think they happen from a lawyer’s dictation.”

For instance, a legal service on Broadway in New York wrote to “Witichaw.”

Goad also has seen “Witchtaw” and, from a circuit court in Florida, “Witchita.”

There’s also been “Whitchita,” “Wicheta” and “Wicita.”

They get even odder, such as “Wizhna” from a prestigious bank in Pittsburgh, Pa., “Whicta” from a Holiday Inn in Iowa and “Witchate” from a sheriff’s office in Georgia.

Once, Goad even saw “Cedric County” for “Sedgwick County.”

“That’s probably the best of 25 years,” he says of his collection.

He wonders what others have seen, though.

“There might be some more that are even better.”

Goad says he’d like it if people let Have You Heard? know some of the crazy spellings they’ve seen.

He adds, though, “I don’t know how you get much … better.”

Goad says he’s noticed Wichita Falls, Texas, doesn’t seem to suffer the same misspelling fate from what he’s seen.

“And why does everybody know about Wichita Falls?” he says. “It’s like they’re famous, and we’re not. That’s backwards.”