Adalee’s Paper Boutique to open at NewMarket Square in October

WICHITA — Brooke Carpenter has decided to return to the workforce, and that means Wichitans soon will have a new source for stationery and cards.

“It became clear to me that there was a gap in the market, that there wasn’t a place here to get fine stationery and paper products,” Carpenter says.

So she’s opening Adalee’s Paper Boutique in 1,400 square feet at NewMarket Square.

“We do so much online these days,” Carpenter says. “To get that special piece of paper, to get that special invitation in the mail, is becoming increasingly special.”

She and her husband, David, moved to Wichita from Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago when he took a job with Spirit AeroSystems.

Carpenter had been an event planner in Washington and enjoyed what she calls the “wedding process.” She also helped friends and clients with stationery on the side.

Since she’s been in Wichita, Carpenter has been staying home with her 3-year-old, Chloe, who has a rare genetic disorder.

“I decided it was time to get back to work,” Carpenter says. She still wants to be available for her daughter, which “was part of the reason that starting my business made more sense.”

Carpenter is naming the store for her husband’s late grandmother, whose wedding ring she wears.

“She was a really neat old lady,” Carpenter says. “Just a classic lady but really modern and trendy.”

That’s how she envisions her store, too.

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Williamson Wellness Center to open at the Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — After almost a decade and a half of working at Genesis Health Clubs, Wendy Williamson is opening her own Williamson Wellness Center.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Williamson says. “This is just an opportunity to work for myself.”

Williamson has a doctorate in exercise science. She is a post-rehabilitation specialist and an advanced personal trainer.

“I have the privilege … and the opportunity to work with people who are recovering from illness and injury,” Williamson says. “My specialty is low back pain and orthopedic replacements.… I also work a lot with Parkinson’s disease.”

She’s opening her center in 2,529 square feet at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Williamson will open her business in early July.

“It’s just time to work for myself.”

Body Central to open at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Florida-based Body Central is opening a second Wichita store, this time in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

The first Body Central, a clothing store that caters to young women, is at Towne East Square.

“Your part of the country has been very successful for us,” says Matt Swartwood, senior vice president of stores.

“We have a solid group of stores in Kansas City. We do some great business in Oklahoma.”

The chain also is in Topeka.

Swartwood describes the store as “junior fast fashion,” meaning it quickly turns whatever the latest fashions are for the junior set.

Competitors include Charlotte Russe, Forever 21 and Wet Seal.

The 4,000-square-foot store will open next to Carter’s at NewMarket Square.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

If all goes well, look for the store to open in August.

“We just see this as part of filling in the market,” Swartwood says. “We’re just awfully excited to come to your city with another store.”

Hallmark expands at NewMarketSquare

WICHITA — Hallmark is expanding its presence at NewMarket Square.

In August, the chain will go from about 3,000 square feet to about 4,800 square feet.

“We’re very excited we’re going to be able to expand and grow this location,” says Cliff Sallee, a Hallmark district manager.

“We’re going to be able to get more product lines (and) more cards in the store.”

Sallee says the remodeling that will accompany the expansion will create Hallmark’s first advanced design in Wichita. It will feature maple trim, new fixtures and updated carpeting.

“It’s our very polished … store concept that we do,” he says.

Hallmark is taking the space Personally Yours will be vacating when it expands and moves across the parking lot this summer.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled both deals.

Sallee expects the expansion to take less than a month. The store may have to close for about a week during that time, but then it’s back to business.

“This has been a great market up here.”

 

Personally Yours to move, expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — When Have You Heard? last checked in with Personally Yours owner Linda Webb, she was making what she called “the big move” from 21st and Tyler to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

More recently, Webb says she had to make a choice: Either expand the shop or retire.

“We are expanding,” she says.

Her store, which Webb describes as a ladies and babies gift boutique featuring custom embroidery, is jumping from 1,260 square feet to 2,300 square feet.

“We’re just moving across the parking lot,” Webb says.

She’s taking the former Wild at Heart space.

The move and expansion will allow more room for merchandise, including new product lines, and will make space for parties and seminars.

For instance, last year Webb says she had a seminar on decorating for the holidays with things already at your house. “We had a lot of fun with it, but we were just on top of each other.”

She had to turn down a local cookbook author who wanted to have a signing there.

“This way, we will have some room to do those,” Webb says of the new space.

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Maurices to expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Maurices is expanding at NewMarket Square.

“I know that they’ve wanted to expand for years, and we’ve just finally found an opportunity to do that,” says April Reed of Slawson Cos., the NewMarket developer.

The shop, which sells women’s clothing, accessories and shoes, currently is in 3,622 square feet between the former Borders store and Justice.

In July or August, Maurices will move to 6,000 square feet near Bed Bath & Beyond. Old Navy recently downsized, and Maurices will take its former space.

Reed, who handled the deal for the space, says Maurices is making the move in part to expand its plus-size offerings.

Furnish My Nest to open at the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road

WICHITA — A new home furnishings store with a contemporary flair is coming to the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road.

Furnish My Nest is taking the 2,240 square feet Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas used to be in before moving across the parking lot.

Chance Shipman and Josh Ruland are opening Furnish My Nest to sell furniture, accessories and lighting.

Shipman says they’ll offer “a mix of classic and contemporary styling, but very functional.”

“We want it to be usable … furniture for everyone’s lives.”

Shipman used to have a shop in Topeka. He says he noticed that there wasn’t a lot of variety in the home furnishings stores here.

Also, he says, “The contemporary choices were gone.”

He and Ruland also will offer a redesign-in-a-day service for $399 in which, after a few meetings with a client, they’ll redesign a room with existing furniture and accessories and add some new ones as needed as well.

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Sports Time Fan Shop West expands into former Under the Cork space at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Just in time for March Madness, as Joe Ward likes to say, he’s expanded his Sports Time Fan Shop West at NewMarket Square.

He now has 5,000 square feet at the center at 21st and Maize.

Ward took the former Under the Cork space, a retail location that closed in January in advance of parent company Smoky Hill Vineyards & Winery in Salina closing.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the new Sports Time lease.

The two-decades-old Sports Time was NewMarket’s first locally owned tenant in 2001.

After getting through the madness of the next month, Ward plans a grand reopening in April.

 

Slawson Cos. works to lift restriction on small part of NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Slawson Cos. is working to lift a zoning restriction on a lot at its NewMarket Square development at 21st and Maize.

The restriction won’t allow a drive-through on the lot next to where Jimmy John’s is opening by Applebee’s on 21st Street just west of Maize Road.

“That really was the catalyst for getting this restriction lifted,” says April Reed, a commercial broker with Slawson.

“Jimmy’s will have a drive-through,” Reed says. “Their lot wasn’t restricted.”

She says the best use of the restricted lot would be another quick-service style restaurant with a possible drive-through.

It would expand the potential businesses that could open there.

We’ll let you know what happens.

 

You don’t say

“Need a Starbucks and a Xanax both at the same time.”

– An e-mail from Slawson Cos. commercial broker April Reed, who is in New York for a retail convention