Category Archives: West side

GreenAcres Market finishes Whole Foods Association conversion with new signs

WICHITA — The final phase of converting Wichita’s Whole Foods Association stores to GreenAcres Markets is happening Wednesday when signs at the three stores will be replaced.

That includes the Whole Foods Association store in the Clear Lakes shopping center near the southwest corner of 21st and Amidon and the one near the southwest corner of 21st and Maize.

It also includes the Whole Foods Association store in Normandie at Central and Woodlawn. That sign had been looming over the center about three decades.

“It was there forever,” says GreenAcres owner Barb Hoffmann. “If you look at it, it looks like it was.”

In January, Hoffmann and her husband, John, purchased the Wichita Whole Foods Association stores, which have no affiliation with the larger Whole Foods Market, which opens Sept. 3 at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb.

In May, the Hoffmanns and Whole Foods Market announced that they struck a deal for the Austin-based chain to use the Whole Foods name here instead of the Bread & Circus name it looked like it might have to use.

Next up, Hoffmann says she has expansion and remodeling plans for most of her new stores.

She’s expanding the Clear Lakes store from 3,500 square feet to 6,500 square feet.

“We’ll start it here in the near future,” Hoffmann says. The idea, she says, is “just more offerings” for the neighborhood.

“It’s a real ethnic store. We’ll have a lot of ethnic items.”

The 6,000-square-foot far-west-side store will undergo an expansion next spring, though Hoffmann isn’t sure how much it will increase by yet.

Hoffmann says she’s also remodeling the 23,000-square-foot GreenAcres in Oklahoma City.

At the original GreenAcres at Bradley Fair, Hoffmann is remodeling the bathrooms but won’t do major remodeling until spring. For now, she’s focusing on the newer stores.

“We’re really thrilled we have these stores,” she says. “Every one has such a unique customer base, and we have just really enjoyed learning all the parts of the city.”

Urban Air Trampoline Park to open in former Pure Entertainment space on west side

WICHITA — On the heels of Get Air Wichita opening downtown in April, Wichita is about to get its second indoor trampoline park.

“It’s finally all coming together,” Wichitan Jon Becker says.

He and his family are opening Urban Air Trampoline Park in the former Pure Entertainment space at 8545 W. Irving, which is next to the Midwest Kia dealership at Kellogg and Tyler.

Pure Entertainment has suspended operations until the business secures new space.

Becker and his family, including his wife, Annie, and daughters, Allie, 6, and Hailey, 9, were vacationing in Texas when they discovered Urban Air.

“We just had an absolute blast as a family,” Jon Becker says.

“We took them there,” he says of his kids, “and I think we ended up having just as much fun as them.”

Their Urban Air will be the fifth in the chain and the first one outside of Texas. There are three more in the works elsewhere that others are doing.

Becker says he thought the Pure Entertainment building would be perfect as it was, but he says that has turned out not to be the case.

“We’re gutting the entire 25,500 square feet and starting over.”

Becker says that’s in an effort to make the place as comfortable as possible so parents and grandparents “actually want to spend time and stay there. It’s not just drop the kids off and go.”

There will be areas within the park for various activities, such as an open jump area, a basketball jumping area, a foam pit, a runway for gymnastics, two dodgeball courts and an area for children 5 and under.

“Our whole concept is different than a lot of other trampoline parks around the area,” Becker says.

He says he knows he has competition, but Becker says being from Wichita, he and his wife feel like they know the market.

“We’ve specifically chosen that area,” he says of the west side.

Becker says it’s easily accessible from the east and west sides since it’s along Kellogg, and it’s especially close to the growing areas of Goddard and Maize.

The Beckers hope to open sometime in November.

Jon Becker isn’t sure if this will be the family’s only Urban Air.

“Can Wichita justify an east and a west? I don’t know,” he says. “Right now we’re just holding the reins back.”

Becker says he is excited to have his daughters see the business come to life.

“We’re doing this all as a family project.”

Becker, who has been in medical sales, and his wife, who is a first grade teacher in Andover, have always wanted their own business, he says.

“This is the first idea my wife’s ever actually agreed with me on.”

Firefly Yoga Studio to go on the road; Satya Moon Yoga to open in its place

WICHITA — Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head is taking her business on the road.

“I have decided to sell the studio space to my lead instructor,” Head says of Katerina Gavin. “It’ll be a really smooth transition.”

Gavin is renaming the studio, which is in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road, Satya Moon Yoga. That loosely translates to unchanging truth or absolute truth.

Head opened Firefly three and a half years ago and added a west-side studio in 2012. The west-side space, which is at at 2313 Zoo Park Blvd., is closing at the end of this month.

The east-side studio will close Aug. 31 and reopen as Satya Sept. 1.

Head then will move to Denver where she has family and, at least initially, do guest teaching at various yoga studios around the Midwest.

“Owning a studio kind of ties you down to one location,” Head says. “I really just want to keep traveling with it right now.”

Head says it’s been a fantastic run here.

“I’ll be sad to leave Wichita but definitely excited for the next chapter in my life.”

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.”

’Til We Meet Again closes at Towne West Square; company still in business

UPDATED – It’s a reluctant Nathan Smith who shares ’Til We Meet Again’s latest news.

“I don’t want to tell you the news,” Smith says.

He and business partner Traci Smith-Cone have closed their store at Towne West Square, though they still have three stores elsewhere and plan to add more to sell custom caskets, urns and memorials.

“We are looking to continue to grow and all of that stuff, it’s just the Wichita market … everything slowed down, especially after Christmas,” Smith says.

“The Wichita store, like, just fell off the face of the planet. So we had to make some decisions pretty quick.”

Smith says he and Smith-Cone are now trying to determine if Towne West was the issue or if it’s Wichita in general.

“The traffic’s just not there in that mall,” Smith says. “The mall’s lost a lot of people, and they’re continuing to lose more people.”

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Retail center coming to 21st and Amidon

WICHITA — The intersection of 21st and Amidon continues to get a makeover.

The gas station at the southeast corner is being demolished to make room for a small retail development.

“We’re just going to do a little mini shopping center,” says Larry Cook of Cook Construction.

“We’ve got two really great tenants that are going to go in there,” he says.

Cook says he can’t say who the tenants are just yet.

“We’re real, real close,” he says of the deals.

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QuikTrip planning two more Gen 3 stores

WICHITA — Bel Aire is two blocks shy of getting its first gas station.

QuikTrip has filed a permit for a new store at 35th and Oliver. Bel Aire begins on the northeast corner of 37th and Oliver.

“We’d like to get a QuikTrip or something like that,” says City Manager Ty Lasher. “We’d take anything.”

He says it’s not like there aren’t convenience stores in the area, though.

“They’re all very close.”

Mike Thornbrugh, spokesman for Tulsa-based QuikTrip, says the company has filed permits for the Oliver store and one near K-96 and North Ridge Road.

“We would like to go there, yes,” he says. “There’s still a ways to go where I’d have dates.”

When they do open, the stores will be Generation 3 stores, which is the chain’s latest prototype with kitchens and full-service counters for food and drinks.

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Boba Zone to open this weekend

WICHITA — It’s more than a week later than planned, but the new west-side Boba Zone is opening this weekend.

Wichita’s first Boba Zone opened near 21st and North Rock Road in 2008.

The business, which bills itself as a smoothie and juice bar, Internet cafe and coffee shop, is opening its second site by Jose Pepper’s at 21st and Tyler Road.

Heartland Cardiology to move and expand its west-side space

WICHITA — Heartland Cardiology is closing on a new building Monday that will almost double its capacity on the west side.

“We saw an opportunity out west,” says CEO Barry Reynolds.

The practice, which began in 1994, has three sites across Wichita, all of which it leases.

“The first departure from leasing will be this facility,” Reynolds says. “Who knows, that may be the beginning of a trend. We’ll see.”

Heartland currently lease 4,950 square feet at 8710 W. 13th St. and has sites on Hillside across from Wesley Medical Center and in the Cypress Medical Park.

Its new west-side space will be in 8,756 square feet at 9000 W. Central, which is just west of Central and Tyler.

“It’s been medical forever,” Reynolds says of the building.

It previously was Via Christi Health space and the Wichita Clinic before that.

Reynolds says Heartland’s 13th Street lease expires on Sept. 2, so the new space will be fully functional by then.

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A Little Bit of Everything resale shop to open on west side

WICHITA — LaDonna West wants to make one thing clear about what she and her cousin, Sheri Sharp, will carry when they open their new west-side resale shop next month:

“No clothing.”

West says there are already plenty of shops for that.

A Little Bit of Everything will carry a little bit of everything else, though.

“Everything that you would buy at an estate sale pretty much,” West says.

The shop is opening June 3 at 9428 W. Central, which is between Tyler and Maize Road.

West says Sharp has already been in the business online.

“She’s been buying and selling on eBay for, like, 14 years,” West says. “She’s just accumulated so much stuff.”

The idea, West says, is “to take her hobby and turn it into revenue.”

Sharp has been living in Topeka but is moving to Wichita. In addition to the 1,400-square-foot store, West and Sharp will have an eBay store.

They’ll sell furniture, home decor, art, garden decor, linens, bedding, glass and games.

“Everybody kept asking us, ‘What are you going to sell?’” West says.

“It’s a little bit of everything, so that’s the name of the store.”