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.”

Central Standard Brewing conditional use permit denied, but business will still open

WICHITA — Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. has been in the real estate business for a decade, but he’s been learning a new side of it lately.

Boyd and Ian Crane have home brewed beer together for a decade. Now, they’re opening Central Standard Brewing in 4,000 square feet in a building they purchased across from Hyde Park not far from the southwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic, but they’ve faced opposition from some in the neighborhood.

“Dealing with the government and neighbors is tough,” Boyd says. “It’s tough when you’re dealing with emotions.”

When Boyd first told Have You Heard? about his plans in March, he says he didn’t realize the park would trigger a need for a conditional use permit to allow live music at the business along with more alcohol sales than food sales.

“The park is kind of why we bought the building in the first place, kind of bringing nature into our setting,” he says.

The planning commission had a tied vote over the permit on Thursday, which means it’s denied.

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Central Standard Brewing to open at Douglas and Hydraulic

UPDATED — Andy Boyd and Ian Crane have been home-brewing beer together for a decade, and now they want to share what they create with all of Wichita.

“It’s kind of a passion of ours,” Boyd says. He says the idea is to “make a little money at it and share (the beer) with the community.”

Central Standard Brewing will open in 4,000 square feet in a building they purchased across from Hyde Park not far from the southwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.

“We have to . . . basically get a conditional zoning permit, because it’s next to a public park,” Boyd says. “That’s what we’re working on right now.”

The business will have a limited food menu and five or six types of beer to start. Boyd and Crane plan to have 10 or more kinds of beer eventually.

Boyd says he wants to stress that Central Standard Brewing is not going to be a bar or nightclub.

“It’ll be family friendly,” he says.”It’s about appreciation of beer, not about drinking to excess and all that.”

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Jackie Chan’s sushi to open near Central and Oliver

WICHITA — Another Asian restaurant is moving into the former home of Sit at Thai Express on East Central just east of Oliver.

Binh Tran is opening Jackie Chan’s Sushi in the small space, which also has a drive-through.

“He’s been making sushi in Wichita for 20 years,” says Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos., who handled the deal.

“He’s been at Kwan Court and Sakura,” Boyd says.

“He’s never had his own spot. . . . So this is his first venture on his own.”

Tran says he’s naming the business after himself.

“Jackie Chan is my nickname,” he says.

Tran says his friends named him that years ago.

Boyd says he’s sampled some of Tran’s cooking.

“It’s really, really good.”

Boyd calls it “some of the best sushi I’ve ever had.”

Tran says he’ll also have stir fry and pho, a Vietnamese soup.

Look for the restaurant to open in mid April.

 

Casual Male XL to expand at Eastgate Plaza and convert to Destination XL brand

WICHITA — The Casual Male XL store at Eastgate Plaza is going to undergo an expansion and rebranding in the coming months.

The move is part of a national expansion for the Massachusetts-based Destination XL Group.

The company’s new stores, including the one in Wichita, will be called Destination XL. They’ll offer expanded sizes and brands — more than 100 in all — along with wider aisles and bigger dressing rooms.

Currently, the Eastgate Casual Male is in about 3,500 square feet at the east end of the center in a free-standing building. It will expand to about 7,000 square feet. While renovation is under way, the shop will temporarily move to between Kirkland’s and Dress Barn within Eastgate.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. helped with the deal.

The new store should be ready in early 2014.

GracePoint Church signs additional lease at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — GracePoint Church has signed a lease for more space at the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler

The church’s first lease was in 2009 to take the former Cinemas West space.

Now, it’s taking space for a student ministry where a photography business used to be.

“When we designed our original worship facility, we didn’t really design for a dedicated student ministry space,” executive pastor Terry Johnson says. “But as the ministry continued to grow, we saw a need for it.”

Some student groups have met in the church’s lobby.

“We knew that wasn’t going to suffice for the health of the ministry,” Johnson says.

When the photography space became available, he says, “We thought it might be a good opportunity to provide some room for them.”

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Following renovations, the new space should be ready the first week of February.

Good Feet to open in Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — A new store is coming to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock that is all about making feet feel good.

“I am basically reopening Good Feet in Wichita,” says franchisee Arnold Pereira.

“There used to be a store many, many years ago from what I understand.”

The franchise is based in California, and there are more than 100 Good Feet stores nationally that sell arch supports. The Wichita store will make the 10th Good Feet store for Pereira, who is based in Milwaukee, Wis. His closest store is in Kansas City.

“Wichita, I think, is a very good, solid market,” Pereira says.

The store particularly caters to people who have to stand while they work.

“They are in need of this product,” Pereira says.

Foot pain leads to body pain, he says.

“The arches aren’t in place anymore, and the body follows.”

The right support “can immediately take care of someone’s alignment issues.”

“There are a million inserts out there,” Pereira says. “The issue is whether it’s fitted correctly.”

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Crestview Marine closes, building sells

WICHITA — Almost three decades after opening, Crestview Marine near Central and Greenwich has closed.

“My decision to do this is completely economy driven,” says owner Kelly Miller.

Miller opened the business with his father, Homer, in 1987. When his father died in 1998, Miller bought the business.

“It’s been a fun business,” he says of selling and servicing boats.

When the economy crashed, though, so did his business.

“This industry took a pretty hard hit for the past five years,” Miller says. “It just became obvious it was time for something else.”

He says he concentrated on closing with dignity “if there’s any such thing.”

“It’s hard,” Miller says. “It’s what I’ve done for a very long time.”

McCurdy Auction will auction the contents of the building Feb. 21.

“Everything’s going to be sold down to the walls,” Miller says. He says that includes “26 years of accumulation.”

There are new owners of the 5,500-square-foot building, which sits on 1.34 acres at 11018 E. Central. They prefer to remain anonymous.

Patrick Ahern of NAI Martens and Grant Tidemann and Terry Rupp of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. is seeking a tenant for the space.

Miller isn’t sure what he’ll do next. He says he didn’t allow himself to think about that while still operating Crestview.

“Once you do, you give up,” he says.

“I’m confident that tomorrow will have some opportunities that will give me something to do. … Tomorrow could be the best thing that ever happened.”

Family Christian Stores to move from Normandie Center to Eastgate Plaza

WICHITA — After more than a decade in Normandie Center, Family Christian Stores is moving to Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road.

“We’re actually going where we feel more of our customers shop,” says Paul Sobol, vice present of real estate for the Michigan-based chain.

Normandie is at Central and Woodlawn, which Sobol says is “not a regional shopping area.”

New stores at Eastgate, such as Ross Dress For Less, “really have a similar customer so that we feel we can reach out to more and more people,” Sobol says.

There’s also a Family Christian Stores location in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road that’s been open for about seven years.

Nationally, there are almost 300 stores, which sell Christian-themed products, such as gifts, books, jewelry, CDs and DVDs.

“We reach out to the whole Christian community,” Sobol says.

The new east-side store will be in the former Mattress Firm space, which is about 4,000 square feet. That’s slightly larger than the Normandie space.

Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons and Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Look for the Eastgate Family Christian Stores to open around Oct. 25.

Famous Footwear to open in former Highlands Gastropub space on Rock Road

WICHITA — A new business is going in the former Highlands Gastropub and Cardroom space at 3731 N. Rock Road, but this time it’s not a restaurant.

Famous Footwear is taking the 7,500 square feet.

No one with the company returned calls for comment, but remodeling is under way, and it looks like the store should be open in a few months.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Christian Ablah of Classic Real Estate handled the deal.

After Highlands Gastropub closed in late 2009, Colorado-based BenchWarmers Tavern & Grill signed a 10-year lease for the space but didn’t end up coming.

Before the gastropub opened in the building, Serengeti Grill was briefly there, and Black Canyon Grille had a longer existence there before that.

In addition to the new Famous Footwear, the existing ones at Towne East Square and Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock Road will remain open. There also are two Famous Footwears on the west side.