RSA Marketing Services to move to Commerce arts district

UPDATED — RSA Marketing Services is moving to a new downtown home, and CEO Bruce Rowley says there’s something special about it.

“Unbelievably, it is actually the very first development to face the arena – to directly face the front of the arena,” he says of Intrust Bank Arena. It’s “the very first building that you encounter when you pull into the Commerce arts district.”

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency's future home in the Commerce arts district.

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency’s future home in the Commerce arts district.

The 7,000-square-foot space is at the southeast corner of Waterman and Commerce.

“We want to be a part of pushing that growth down here and that development down here as it continues to unfold,” Rowley says. “I love that we could do our part to help spur that along.”

Don’t believe that it’s the first new development facing the arena?

“Go drive it,” Rowley says.

Big Rick’s, a barbecue sauce manufacturer, is in the building now and will remain in 2,000 square feet.

RSA will take more than 4,000 square feet.

“And then we’re carving out 900 square feet on the northwest corner of the building,” Rowley says.

“We really felt like that is such a great, high-visible corner,” he says of that 900 square feet. “The best use is really not to put our conference room there or something.”

A retail outlet or some kind of food establishment “will contribute to the vibrancy of that area,” Rowley says.

Currently, RSA is in 3,000 square feet at 145 N. Hydraulic, which is part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles campus. The 4-year-old agency has been there for three years and has owned the building for two years.

“The main constraint there … remains parking,” Rowley says.

There are 16 to 20 spaces “depending on how well everyone parks.”

“We typically run out of room.”

RSA will keep its current space as a photography and video studio.

At the new building, RSA will do a joint venture with current owner Trans Pacific Properties, which is affiliated with Trans Pacific Oil, and will completely renovate the space.

“It is literally a brick-and-concrete box at the moment,” Rowley says. “It’s a blank canvas.”

The building has only one door and no windows.

“We’re going to change substantially the exterior view of it,” Rowley says.

RSA currently has 24 employees and likely will have 27 by the time the agency moves late this year.

“It’s a significant increase in the amount of people down there and the ability of retail and all kinds of other businesses to grow down there,” Rowley says. “We’re certainly not the driver of that, but we want to be a driver.”

RSA’s new building originally was a patio furniture warehouse.

“We’ve been working for three years now in this former taxi garage and biker barn, which are two things that this building has been in the past, and we really thought that defined a lot of who we are,” he says. “We’ve tried to be a very efficient, open, collaborative kind of environment.”

Rowley says the idea has been to not have “ostentatious, over-the-top trappings.”

“We kind of still feel like we’re maintaining the culture that we have while expanding and growing as we do it.”

Get Air Wichita to open around spring break

WICHITA — Get Air Wichita isn’t going to open this month as planned, but parents looking for something for their kids to do should have no fear. It’s still going to open. It’ll just be spring instead.

“We’re so excited to come,” says Nancy Deville, who is teaming with other investors to open the giant indoor trampoline park downtown.

“We’re shooting for spring break,” Deville says.

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet of former Big Dog Motorcycles space on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The holdup is the manufacturing of the custom, wall-to-wall trampolines.

“We have to get in line,” Deville says of waiting for other parks to get theirs first.

In the meantime, she and some partners have opened a Get Air in Lexington, Ky.

“It’s just a smashing success,” Deville says. “It’s just a really wonderful place for kids to go to have fun.”

She says she expects the same reception in Wichita once the trampolines are ready.

“Otherwise, we would be there right now.”

Eye Kandy Pin-up Photography to move to Newton

eyekandyUPDATED — Newton is about to get a little Eye Kandy.

Aleycia Crawford is moving Eye Kandy Pin-up Photography to the city.

Crawford’s 7-year-old business had been in Delano for a couple of years, but she says that site had been small and unnoticeable.

“Nobody even knew I was there or open or anything.”

More recently, she’s been working out of a home studio in Goddard.

Crawford says the Newton address will be a major change.

“I have a really good spot,” she says of 2,000 square feet at Fifth and Poplar.

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Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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You don’t say

“Well, we’ve had a great tour going on, on a Wichita-made motorcycle. That’s a Big Dog made in Wichita. Great company.”

– Gov. Sam Brownback on the Kansas Republicans’ Road Map for Growth Tour Friday in Wichita where he referenced Big Dog Motorcycles, which went out of business last year

McGinty Machine has contract on part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space

WICHITA — In late December, Have You Heard? reported that part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is under contract.

There’s still not a done deal for the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space near Douglas and Hydraulic, which is east of where Big Dog’s 60,000-square-foot showroom was, but now it’s clear who the potential buyer is.

Nearby neighbor Don McGinty is eyeing the space for his McGinty Machine, which is in a 43,000 square-foot building at First and Hydraulic.

“We’re doing our due diligence now,” McGinty says. “It won’t be definite until I say I really want it.”

It depends on whether he can get tax abatements on the property and new machinery he wants to buy. McGinty says he’s looking at a $3 million to $5 million expansion. He says he’s likely to hire 10 to 15 people over the next couple of years.

“We’re just kicking it up a notch,” McGinty says.

That includes likely developing a sheet metal fabrication shop that will do table-top assemblies to serve aircraft companies.

“In the future, they’re going to want (us) to build the small assemblies, maybe to go into the bigger assemblies,” McGinty says.

His father and uncle started the company in the 1940s by making small aircraft parts.

“Now we go up to 40-foot long,” McGinty says.

More and more, he says, aircraft companies want their machine shop vendors to be one-stop shops for all their parts needs.

“That’s the direction we’re moving,” McGinty says.

To make that possible, his first choice is to expand into the Big Dog space. If he doesn’t get the abatements, though, McGinty says he might have to look elsewhere.

“It’s not really my desire,” he says.

McGinty thinks abatements make sense for Wichita for a couple of reasons.

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Part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown is under contract

WICHITA — Part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space at 1520 E. Douglas is now under contract.

No one involved in the deal is talking, but it looks like there’s a contract on the 20,000-square-foot warehouse space near Douglas and Hydraulic. That’s to the east of where Big Dog’s 60,000-square-foot showroom was.

The tract under contract includes an almost 2,000-square-foot office building in front of the warehouse and the land up to the corner of Douglas and Hydraulic. The list price is $850,000.

The deal has not closed yet, but it may soon.

Intrust Bank foreclosed on Big Dog in April, and founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. dissolved the corporation.

He then started a new company, BDM Performance Products, to supply parts, accessories and gear for more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles.

The operation is based in Big Dog’s former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building next to where the company’s headquarters was. That property is not for sale.

Jeff Walenta and Scott Salome of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group have the listing on the former Big Dog campus, which they’ll sell or lease.

That includes 101,000 square feet and is listed for $4,020,000, though it now looks like there won’t be a package deal.

 

 

You don’t say

“I think Coleman has realized how much I spend each year at their truckload sale!”

– An e-mail from Bruce Rowley of Rowley Snyder Ablah on how Coleman’s annual sale was across from his east-side office last year, and now that he’s moved near the former Big Dog Motorcycles space on East Douglas, so has the sale (which starts Thursday)

Former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown now on the market

WICHITA — Just down from where the new Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Gallery will be, the former Big Dog Motorcycles space is now on the market.

Intrust Bank foreclosed on the company at 1520 E. Douglas in April, and founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. dissolved the corporation.

He then started a new company, BDM Performance Products, to supply parts, accessories and gear for more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles.

The operation is based in Big Dog’s former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building next to where the company’s headquarters was.

Jeff Walenta and Scott Salome of Grubb & Ellis/Martens Commercial Group have the listing for the other former Big Dog property, which they’ll sell or lease.

The list price is $4,020,000.

The property includes an approximately 80,000-square-foot building, part of which was used for Big Dog’s showroom, and a 20,000-square-foot warehouse.

The properties can be sold separately.

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Eye Kandy Custom Paint & Pin-up Portraits coming to Delano

pinupWICHITA — There are several new businesses coming to the Delano area, including one that features pin-up girls.

Aleycia Crawford hopes to open her Eye Kandy Custom Paint & Pin-up Portraits at 915 W. Douglas for July’s Final Friday.

Currently, her business is at 21st and Broadway.

“I want something nicer, bigger,” Crawford says.

“They’ve fixed up the area,” she says of Delano. “It seems to work together really well.”

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