Category Archives: Valley Center

PawPrints Pet Supply to open in Valley Center late this month

WICHITA — A therapy dog named Sophie is the inspiration behind a new pet supply store opening in Valley Center.

Dianna Richards left her job as a school para but didn’t like retirement as an option for what to do next.

“I just wasn’t ready for that,” she says.

Richards has a couple of Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sophie and Bruiser.

Sophie has allergies, which Richards says “kind of opened my eyes to the different needs of dogs.”

She sought help and advice from All Paws Pet Center in Wichita. The more she learned, the more she thought about her own store.

It “just kind of made me fall in love with the whole idea of it,” Richards says.

So she’s opening PawPrints Pet Supply in a small space at 108 N. Ash in Valley Center.

“I just want to be … just a neighborhood store,” Richards says.

She says she’s directed a lot of people to All Paws, but she hopes Valley Center residents and others in her area will stop in to her store for supplies. Richards plans to eventually add a self-service dog wash.

Richards says the store will open Oct. 26 and have a grand opening on Nov. 16.

“I just decided to do something I always wanted to do.”

Casey’s General Stores to expand in greater Wichita area with three stores

UPDATED — Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores is expanding in the greater Wichita area.

“It looks like we’ve got a lot of sites that we’re looking at in the Wichita area,” says CFO Bill Walljasper.

That includes one in Wichita on the northeast corner of South Meridian and I-235 and one in Valley Center at 222 S. Meridian. A third one will be announced soon.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weidgand & Sons handled the deals.

None of the stores is under construction yet. They’ll be ready in late summer at the earliest.

“We also look to renovate stores in the area as well,” Walljasper says. “Just some of the older ones periodically.”

There are about a dozen Casey’s stores in Wichita and communities within an hour or so of it.

“The stores seem to be pretty well received by the communities,” Walljasper says. “Kansas is certainly an area we continue to grow in. … We like the area.”

Liberty Tax Service to open at Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Liberty Tax Service franchisees Darrell and Kathie Phipps are opening a new location in time for tax season.

The new site will be at Oxford Square, which is at the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Darrell Phipps says they already have locations in Newton and at Central and Hillside in Wichita. They closed a Valley Center office at the end of last tax season.

“It just wasn’t performing … to our expectations,” he says. “We’re moving everything basically from that store into this location.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Phipps says when he started the business six tax seasons ago, his goal was to have three or four locations. He says there’s a chance he could open more.

“It’s always a possibility.”

Italian Bistro at Market Centre has closed

WICHITA — Just as easily as new Italian eateries have been popping up around Wichita, one has closed.

After just a few months in business, Kas Zendeli has closed his Italian Bistro at the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

“It doesn’t work out, and that’s it,” he says.

His was the first restaurant to occupy the space since Restaurant 155 left several years ago. Zendeli doesn’t elaborate much when asked what happened.

“What happened happened. It’s closed.”

He still has Bravo’s Italiani in Valley Center, which Zendeli says will return to its old schedule before he ran two restaurants. That means it’s open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Zendeli says it’s a confusing time right now, and he’s not sure if he’ll ever open a second restaurant again. He doesn’t rule it out, though.

“New day, new luck.”

Italian Bistro to open in former Restaurant 155 space at First and Market

WICHITA — A third new Italian restaurant is coming to Wichita.

Kas Zendeli, who owns Bravo’s Italiani in Valley Center, is opening Italian Bistro in the former Restaurant 155 space in the Market Centre downtown at First and Market.

This follows news from Melad Stephan, who is opening Luca Italian Kitchen in his former Uptown Bistro space in Old Town Square later this month.

Bocco Deli owner Nathan Toubia, who used to work for Lidia’s in Kansas City, also is opening an Italian restaurant. His as-of-yet-unnamed business is coming soon to the former Sugar Sisters Bakery & Cafe space near Central and Oliver.

Zendeli, who is Albanian, plans a traditional Italian menu for his new restaurant. He’s keeping his Valley Center restaurant, too.

Is he a glutton for punishment having two restaurants in two cities?

“Every business is punishment,” Zendeli says. “Since 1969 I’m in this punishment.”

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T&J Studios leaving Valley Center for Wichita

WICHITA — T&J Studios is Wichita bound.

The 10-year-old Valley Center photography studio is moving for a couple of reasons.

First, the building that partners Jeff and Tyffany Wendling and Brett Schauf are in has sold.

“We took that as an opportunity,” Schauf says.

In addition to wedding and portrait photography, the company does a lot of commercial work as well.

“You name it, we’ve been out and shot it,” Schauf says.

Now, with a new site at 144 N. Emporia, he says the company will be in the middle of where many clients, such as advertising agencies, are located.

This also will give T&J Studios an opportunity to have a gallery and be involved with events such as Final Friday.

“Those are the big things,” Schauf says. “Just being involved in the Wichita community a little bit.”

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Papa John’s near 21st and Amidon closes; New location could serve Valley Center and Park City

pizzaWICHITA — The Papa John’s near 21st and Amidon has closed, but almost everyone in that delivery area will be served by two existing stores until a new one opens.

“We’re trying to find another location,” says Terry Newman, who is partners in the business with Frank Carney.

This Papa John’s was open almost 10 years, but Newman says the rent was rising too much to continue to stay.

He says this could be an opportunity to move farther north and begin serving Valley Center and Park City.

“We’ve been looking all around,” Newman says.

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