PyT Portraits to open near Harry and Oliver and share March 2 grand opening with Image Source Barbershop

WICHITA — When the portrait studio within Babies R Us closed last summer, Phylisha Guiden and Tierra Gilbert took it as a sign.

They’d been the district manager and manager of the studio, and they decided it was time to open their own place.

PyT Portraits opens March 2 near the southeast corner of Harry and Oliver.

“We both decided it was time for us to do something on our own,” Guiden says. “We saw the opportunities. We thought, shoot, we can do that.”

They named the business after themselves — P for Phylisha and T for Tierra — but Guiden says, “A lot of people think ‘Pretty Young Thing’ by Michael Jackson.”

That’s not the meaning, but she says she’ll take it.

The two will offer family portraits, boudoir pictures and off-site photography, such as for weddings.

“We’re still setting up the studio,” Guiden says of their almost 1,000-square-foot space.

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Weekend update, Have You Heard? style

WICHITA — A few businesses that Have You Heard? previously reported on are in various stages of opening or reopening.

– The newly remodeled Toys “R” Us store at 8011 E. Kellogg is having a grand reopening this weekend as it debuts the new Babies “R” Us store at the same site.

“This store format provides an exceptional shopping convenience for time-strapped parents, who are shopping for children of various ages,” spokeswoman Katelyn DeRogatis said when first telling us the news in May.

– The official grand opening won’t be until the weekend of Sept. 11, but Personally Yours is opening today at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

Previously, the shop was at 21st and Tyler.

Linda Webb’s boutique for women and babies specializes in personalization of gifts through embroidery.

Ron and Bonnie Fehr are opening the second Wichita PostNet on Sept. 1 at Auburn Pointe at 135th West and Maple.

Jim and Liz Anderson opened the first PostNet, a FedEx Office competitor, at the Village at Greenwich at 21st and Greenwich in late 2008.

–Finally, Jan Munroe and her sister-in-law, Jo Degner, have opened their Material Girls Quilt Shoppe in the Travel Air Building in Delano.

In addition to retail sales, Material Girls will offer classes.

Toys “R” Us to add Babies “R” Us to its east-side space

WICHITA — The Toys “R” Us store at 8011 E. Kellogg is going to be remodeled to be a combination Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us store.

“Combining the two stores under one roof has been part of our business strategy for the past four years,” said spokeswoman Katelyn DeRogatis in an e-mailed statement.

The company has 70 of the side-by-side stores nationally and 25 “R” Superstores, which are full-size Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in one location.

The concept of combining the toy and baby businesses in one place is similar to Children’s Bargain Town, which was Toys “R” Us’ predecessor.

“This store format provides an exceptional shopping convenience for time-strapped parents, who are shopping for children of various ages,” DeRogatis said.

There are no changes planned for the Babies “R” Us store in west Wichita, which was converted from a Toys “R” Us a few years back.

The east-side changes should be complete by late summer. Toys “R” Us will remain open during the remodeling.