Twotrees Technologies is the first tenant in the new Firestone Place

Brad Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate in front of the new Firestone Place.

UPDATED — The former Automobilia space at the northeast corner of First and Emporia is getting a new life along with some new tenants.

“It’s kind of something we’ve been looking at for a long time because we’ve got a vested interest in our property across the street,” says Brad Saville, president and CEO of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

The Landmark office is across the street on the southeast corner. Saville, Landmark broker Scott Harper and another partner formed 2point LLC to redevelop the former Automobilia space. They’re calling it Firestone Place.

Saville thinks the original occupant of the building was a Firestone tire dealership. He’s still trying to learn more about it.

“I’m really interested in the history of it.”

SBA Construction and Innovative Construction Service are remodeling the 8,271-square-foot space. Features include exposed brick, open ceilings and easy-access parking.

There’s room for three tenants in the building. Harper and Landmark’s Craig Simon are handling the deals.

One, Susie and Jim Smith’s Twotrees Technologies, is signed.

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Cake Face Bake Shop adds truck, sandwiches to business

WICHITA — Another new food truck is going to debut this weekend.

Summer Schoenhals already owns Cake Face Bake Shop, which she runs from a licensed kitchen in her home, and now she’s going to start selling baked goods and other items from a truck, too.

For a long time, Schoenhals says she “piddled around” making cakes and cupcakes for friends and family.

“Everybody kept telling me to start a business,” she says.

In January, she started one in the kitchen of her home. The business grew so quickly, she had to add a commercial kitchen.

In March, Schoenhals says she was approached about selling out of Absolute Vintage Boutique on Maple across from Target.

Saturday at the Automobilia car show, she’ll debut the truck, from which she’ll sell cakes, cookies, cupcakes, novelty baked items and a line of gourmet sandwiches using Big Rick’s barbecue sauce.

Big Rick’s is located at 400 S. Commerce St., and Schoenhals says she’s going to be able to use the company’s parking lot to sell from the truck during Final Friday and before events at the nearby Intrust Bank Arena.

Schoenhals also is a nurse, but she’s going to cut back to one day a week to help her Cake Face business grow. She says she’s also going to pursue corporate and event catering.

Schoenhals’ husband, David, recently was laid off, so he’s going to work with Cake Face, too.

“The timing was actually great,” Schoenhals says. “This is going to be our new source of income, so we’re pretty excited to get going on it.”

Automobilia to move after 30 years

UPDATED — A new owner of the building where Automobilia is at 200 N. Emporia plans offices there, so the automobile gift shop has to move.

“I always say, ‘Never again,’ ” owner Gary Carpenter says.

He’s been in that space for 30 years.

“I was just a puppy.”

He’s moving the shop next to Bondie’s Old Town Antique Mall at Central and Mosley.

Automobilia’s space is dropping from 8,500 square feet to about 4,000 square feet.

“We’re going to make it work,” Carpenter says.

It’s a 1920s building.

“It’s all been refurbished,” Carpenter says. “It’s just beautiful inside.”

He’s been moving for more than a week already, with no end in sight.

“I was very optimistic when we started,” says Carpenter, who planned to reopen on Saturday.

“I’m kind of questioning that.”

He’s already moved 38 truckloads.

“It’s a mess,” Carpenter says. “It’s something that’s going to take quite an effort where you can actually see something.”

It’s cost him several sales from people visiting from as far away as Brazil.

“We just had to tell them, ‘No,’ ” Carpenter says. “The stuff they wanted we had, but it’s in a box somewhere in La La Land.”

He says the move won’t affect his popular Moonlight Car Show & Street Party, which is scheduled for July 9.

“The show is still on.”

Carpenter hopes to make one significant change at his new store.

“I’m going to try to work it while I’m at the store and not take it home,” he says of business.

Though he works harder than he wants to, it’s mostly a labor of love.

“I love the customers. I love what I’m doing. It’s a real joy,” Carpenter says.

“We greatly appreciate all our customers’ support in the past, and we hope they continue to come through.”