The almost 100-year-old Brick’s to close at Bradley Fair

UPDATED — A Wichita shopping tradition is coming to an end.

Brick’s, once a downtown staple and more recently a shop at Bradley Fair, is going out of business.

“It is a store that’s been around Wichita for a long, long time,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president of Laham Development.

Herman Brick started the store in 1916. His son, Adolph, took over the business upon his father’s death in 1940. Two years later, Adolph Brick married Ellen Gordon. She asked her brother, Russ Gordon, to help with the business in 1944. Gordon took it over in 1960, and his namesake son owns it today.

“They’ve been a great addition at Bradley Fair for almost 10 years, adding to the local flavor,” Erickson says.

Now, she says, “They want to focus on family and some other things.”

A 1992 story in The Wichita Eagle said the men’s and women’s clothing store was the last major retailer to leave downtown. It once stood where Century II is now. The store was at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road before moving to Bradley Fair.

Erickson says she’s not sure of a closing date yet.

She says the store will leave 4,200 square feet when it departs.

“We always have a list of people that want to be (at Bradley Fair), and we have already started conversations with those people,” she says.

Today, though, is about saying goodbye, Erickson says.

“We wish them well, and they’ll be missed. It’s a sad day.”

Good Life Co.’s cookies go national

UPDATED — Even during the Good Life Co.’s humble beginnings – when Greg Cole was selling his Little Bits cookies at farmers markets – he knew he’d go national one day. He never thought it would be three years after starting his business, though.

“We’re actually two years ahead of our projected plan,” Cole says.

“We go national next month,” he says. “I never thought that we would get a national contract so soon.”

Cole’s specialty is seven-spice gourmet cookie. After farmers markets, he began selling to local stores, such as Green Acres MarketSpice Merchant & Co. and the local health store Whole Foods Association.

When Fresh Market opened at Bradley Fair in 2012, Cole began selling his cookies there.

“They weren’t expecting the cookie to do so well,” he says.

Then the Kansas City Fresh Market began selling the cookies.

Now, the chain is going to begin putting Little Bits in its other stores as well.

“It’s going to be a five-year project,” Cole says. “You can’t roll out to every store all at once. … That’s an ongoing process.”

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Issa brothers buy Scotch & Sirloin

Scotch & Sirloin, 5325 E. Kellogg Photo by Megan True/ TheWichita EagleWICHITA — Mike Issa now confirms what Have You Heard? reported last month.

He and his brothers, Ty and Ali, have purchased the Scotch & Sirloin.

“The Scotch is the oldest institution in Wichita,” Mike Issa says.

There actually are older restaurants, but Issa says, “We really believe this is Wichita’s tradition restaurant. We would love to be part of it.”

The Issas officially take over Jan. 16.

The brothers first approached majority owner Lindy Andeel a couple of years ago about buying the restaurant, which is on East Kellogg between Oliver and Edgemoor.

“We got busy with other venues,” Issa says of the delay.

The Issas own Larkspur Bistro & Bar in Old Town, YaYa’s EuroBistro in Bradley Fair, Hereford House at Terradyne Country Club, Heat Cigar & Hookah Lounge near Central and Rock and some IHOP restaurants in Wichita and Emporia.

Mike Issa is going to be more of a presence at the Scotch than his brothers.

“I’m going to be at the Hereford House, too,” he says of where he generally can be found already.

Issa says he and his brothers are able to do so many restaurants with “great help” and a “great management team.”

Karl Bachman is the new general manager the Issas hired to work at the Scotch. He’s already there.

Longtime general manager Sonny Glennon is still there, too.

“He’s still part of the whole package with us,” Mike Issa says.

Whether Glennon is still a co-owner in the business is unclear. Glennon referred questions to Issa, and Issa says only, “He’ll be working with our team 100 percent.”

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A change is in the works at Scotch & Sirloin

WICHITA — An ownership change appears to be in the works at one of Wichita’s most-storied restaurants, but no one seems to want to discuss it.

According to a filing with the state, Steaks R Us has applied for a liquor license at the Scotch & Sirloin.

Mike Issa, who is in business with his brothers Ty and Ali at several restaurants, is the applicant.

Mike Issa didn’t return a call for comment. Neither did Scotch co-owner Lindy Andeel.

Ty Issa demurs when asked about a possible purchase.

“Every time someone sees me having dinner with Lindy, they assume I’m doing something,” he says.

Scotch co-owner Sonny Glennon, who has been the face of the restaurant for years as the ever-present host, does not want to discuss a possible transaction with the Issas.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said when initially asked about a sale last week.

This week, Glennon suggested asking the Issas what’s going on.

Doug Farha also is an owner of the Scotch. He did not return a call for comment.

The Issas own Larkspur Bistro & Bar in Old Town, YaYa’s EuroBistro in Bradley Fair, Hereford House at Terradyne Country Club, Heat Cigar & Hookah Lounge near Central and Rock and some IHOP restaurants in Wichita and Emporia.

Their deal at the Scotch is expected to close about a month into the new year. Look for more details soon.

Wichita Urology Group to open Advanced Cancer Therapies at Wilson Estates

urology2WICHITA — The nine physicians at Wichita Urology Group are following a national trend and opening a new cancer center to provide a comfortable, easy-access place for patients to receive complete care.

“We’re trying to develop a radiation center that’s easy for patients to get in and out, that’s friendly to patients,” says group president A.J. Farha.

Advanced Cancer Therapies will open next spring in 10,000 square feet at Wilson Estates just south of 21st and Webb Road. This will be in addition to the group’s east and west-side clinics and the approximately 10 offices it has around the state.

Farha says part of the idea is to give patients an alternative to hospitals.

“This would be community based,” Farha says. “Plus, we’re bringing new technology … for treating cancer patients.”

He says the group is deciding between two of the most up-to-date radiation treatment machines.

“It would be improving on technology that’s available,” Farha says. “That’s another attraction.”

The more than half-century old Urology Group, which has nine of the dozen urologists in Wichita, treats a lot of prostate cancer. Advanced Cancer Therapies will be equipped to treat all kinds of cancer, though, including breast, brain and lung cancer among other types.

Some patients need as many as 30 or 40 radiation treatments, Farha says, and the idea is to create as convenient and comfortable of a treatment center as possible. He says patients currently go to places such as Tulsa and Oklahoma City seeking that kind of atmosphere.

“We’re losing a lot of patients” to those markets, Farha says.

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Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates expands its production kitchen while fielding questions

WICHITA — Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates has more news this week along with some reassurance for customers.

First, the news.

Since opening her production kitchen at 3540 N. Comotara in 2008, Tully says she hasn’t had any neighbors next door. She decided to move into that 2,500 square feet, the bulk of which she did Monday.

“It is appalling actually to think all the stuff we moved next door used to be in this 2,500 square feet,” Tully says of her existing space.

The new space will be dedicated “to a couple of projects that we’ve always just done on the fly,” Tully says.

Shipping has been handled at Cocoa Dolce’s Bradley Fair store where there’s a mere 400 square feet of production area behind the retail portion of the store.

“It’s amazing we were able to do it that way for as long as we have,” Tully says.

As of Nov. 25, shipping will be done at the new space.

Tully also will use the additional space to help with her new Cocoa Dolce that’s opening in the Prairiefire development in Overland Park in 2014.

“That’s just in anticipation of everything that’s coming down the road next year,” Tully says.

She has paused to step back and admire the organization that the new space allows.

“Look how grown up this looks,” Tully says. “This is no fly-by-night deal anymore.”

Even though Tully is expanding, some customers are concerned she’s closing.

This week, she took down the Cocoa Dolce sign at the Bradley Fair store in anticipation of a new sign with her new brand.

“We have had people actually pull up in front of the store … and come in to find out whether we’re closing,” Tully says. “I’ve got this little group of people panicked. None of us dreamed taking the sign down would indicate to anyone that we were leaving.”

After the stucco is repaired and painted, the new sign will go up, most likely late this week or early next week.

“We are not closing,” Tully says. “We are not going anywhere.”

 

Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates unveils new logo, brand

WICHITA — She may be used to speaking in front of hundreds of people, but it was a visibly emotional, excited Beth Tully who addressed employees, friends and family Thursday afternoon to debut a new logo and brand for her Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates.

Cocoa Dolce logo

Tully said it was the fact that it was those close to her instead of “the strangers you can imagine naked” that got to her.

“It’s been eight years in the coming,” Tully says of the rebranding. “We did some soul searching. . . . We really dug deep.”

She says the conclusion was that her current logo and brand don’t reflect the experience customers have in the store.

Her new logo “is something that’s joyful and happy.” Tully says that compares to more “stuffy” brands that fine chocolatiers — including herself — traditionally have.

“It is way more reflective of our style,” Tully says of the colorful, whimsical logo.

“This is going to be a transition,” she says.

That includes new taglines for the store to help during the changeover, such as, “Change never tasted so yummy.”

Parks Fortune and King Merj Public Relations helped make the change, and photographer Gavin Peters created new photographs to go with a reconstructed website.

Tully opened Cocoa Dolce in 2005 in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock and moved to Bradley Fair in 2009. She has a second store planned for the Prairiefire development in Overland Park.

While the rebranding is a “fun, playful kind of thing,” Tully says it will do a lot for the store, too.

“We realized we had an opportunity,” she says. ”This takes us to . . . the next level.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cato apparel and accessory shop to open in Wichita and have as many as three stores

WICHITA — Cato, an apparel and accessory shop for women and girls, is coming to Wichita with what looks like will be three stores.

So far, the North Carolina-based chain is confirming only one Cato, which is going in the former Senor Tequila space at Pawnee and Broadway.

There currently are Catos in Derby, Newton and El Dorado.

The Pawnee and Broadway Cato, which will open in November, will be Wichita’s first. Leisa Lowry and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Cato Corp. also owns Versona Accessories, which opened in this spring at Bradley Fair.

Expanded, remodeled Amy’s Hallmark to reopen on Saturday

WICHIA — Amy’s Hallmark, which has been closed since Tuesday, is celebrating its grand reopening at Bradley Fair on Saturday with additional space and lots of new merchandise.

“The whole inside of our store is completely redone,” says store manager Matt Bikus.

The store has expanded from about 3,500 square feet to 4,200 square feet. Bikus says Hallmark is taking part of the former Franklin Covey space. Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry took the rest of it.

“We knocked an entire wall down to expand the store,” Bikus says. “We’ve got some awesome new card lines and awesome new gifts.”

He says the store has doubled its stationery line.

“Stationery is a big one for us.”

Bikus says there’s a 25 percent increase in cards, too.

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Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry, College Hill Cleaners open in new Bradley Fair stores

WICHITA — Two of Bradley Fair’s original tenants, Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and College Hill Cleaners, are now open in their new homes at the east-side development.

They moved to make room for Loft, formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft, which is now under construction.

When the jewelry store and cleaners opened at Bradley Fair in 1990, they were in the original 28,000-square-foot building there. Now, the development has a large mix of local and national tenants in 280,000 square feet.

College Hill Cleaners owner Fred Ortiz says his new store, which is between Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and Sami Halaseh Salon, is “absolutely beautiful.”

He says its granite counters, tile floors and 24-hour drop box make it his best store yet.

“Without a doubt.”

Randy Cooper’s is now in a larger space next to Amy’s Hallmark, which also is remodeling and expanding.

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