Fox Fitness to open on the west side

UPDATED — Jake Fox has been a personal trainer and Brazilian jujitsu instructor for a long time, and now he’s ready to open his own place.

Fox and his wife, Kimberly, are opening Fox Fitness next month at 7330 W. 33rd St. North in the Ridgeport Business Center.

The business isn’t a gym. It will be strictly for personal and small-group training.

“The personal training has taken off really over the last two years,” Fox says.

He describes Brazilian jujitsu as a system of grappling to overpower a stronger opponent. Fox says a person might learn it as a sport or for self-defense.

“It can be really … what the person wants,” he says. “That’s what’s awesome about it.”

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Dan Unruh of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Look for Fox Fitness to open in early June.

Sharon and Alan Fearey buy commercial and residential property at 323 N. Market

WICHITA –Former City Council member Sharon Fearey is one of the most recognizable proponents of Midtown, where she lives, but she’s a downtown supporter, too. Now, she’s also a downtown property owner.

Fearey and her husband, Alan, have purchased the two-story building at 323 N. Market where Sheila Floodman has her Floodman Family Law office. Floodman previously owned the building.

“It just makes sense for her to lease her space versus own the entire building, which she wasn’t utilizing,” says Brent Stewart of KW Commercial, who handled the deal.

Floodman is in the 1,930 square feet on the building’s first floor. There’s also the same size apartment on the top floor. Fearey says she’ll rent that for now, but she and her husband have plans to eventually downsize and live there.

That’s also where former Mayor Joan Cole used to live and have her consulting firm.

Alan Fearey first became interested in a buying a downtown building, then Fearey considered a business venture in the area.

“That has kind of fallen through now, but it did make us start looking at buildings more,” she says.

She says an interest in downtown is a natural progression from Midtown.

“We’re just excited about downtown and excited to be part of it.”


Weigand-Omega Management purchases new maintenance operation facility

WICHITA — Weigand-Omega Management is in the business of managing properties, and now it has a new one of its own.

“We bought a building for our maintenance operation,” says president Bob Hanson.

The company has been leasing space on North Wichita.

“We were outgrowing that,” Hanson says.

The new space is a 2,453-square-foot building at 351 S. Pattie.

DuPont Management previously owned the building.

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Randy Johnston of J.P. Weigand &  Sons handled the deal.

Mini-Mac Inc. to expand to a new building

WICHITA — Mini-Mac Inc., which manufactures spacers for the aerospace industry, isn’t going to be so small anymore.

“We have outgrown our facilities,” owner Bob McNamee says.

He’s currently in about 2,500 square feet at 1912 N. 159th St. East.

His new space, which he’ll move into in the early part of 2012, is more than 10,000 square feet over three buildings at 1703 Southwest Boulevard.

Brent Stewart of KW Commercial and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Mini-Mac will take 5,600 square feet in the main building on the new property, and the rest of the space will be available for lease.

This is the first time the business has moved since McNamee’s late father, Mac, started the business in 1970.

“It was my dad’s hobby that turned into a business,” McNamee says. “He always had a machine shop in the basement I always remember as a kid growing up.”

McNamee says his father “would do odds and ends for people.”

“He did that in his spare time, that was his passion. And then when he retired from Boeing, he had some people that were in the distribution business, and they encouraged him to get into the manufacturing of what we now do today.”

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Mark Lazzo to move his law firm to Landmark Office Park on the east side

WICHITA — Bankruptcy attorney Mark Lazzo is moving his firm from  Second and Market downtown to the east side.

“Parking’s difficult down here, and traffic’s difficult,” he says. “It’s more convenient for clients to be on the outskirts and be able to roll up doorside.”

His new space will be at Landmark Office Park at 3500 N. Rock Road.

“I need more room,” says Lazzo, who is a co-owner in the 3,700-square-foot building where he currently has 1,000 square feet.

His new space, where he’s moving next week, is 1,650 square feet.

Brent Stewart of J.P. Weigand & Sons represented Lazzo in the deal.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled it for Landmark.

Lazzo says he’ll miss his friends in the building where he is now, and he’ll particularly miss the closeness of the courthouse.

“I’ve been downtown since I became an attorney 23 years ago,” he says. “It’ll be a change, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Dolci & Joes to open in former Breezy’s space on East Douglas

WICHITA — The long-empty building at 3425 E. Douglas where fake palm trees used to sit is finally getting a new restaurant.

Josh Crowe is going to sublease the building from Taco Tico for his new Dolci & Joes, an upscale sandwich and hamburger restaurant.

A Taco Tico used to be at the space, followed by the chain’s short-lived sister concept, Breezy’s, which closed in July 2006 after less than a year.

Crowe likes the building’s central location.

“It’s kind of a strategic location as far as College Hill goes,” he says.

Crowe “wanted something that had more of a neighborhood feel to it,” says Brent Stewart of J.P. Weigand & Sons, who brokered the deal.

The menu will feature salads, burgers and specialty sandwiches, which range from traditional deli sandwiches like pastrami on marbled rye to vegetarian offerings like grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches.

The restaurant, which opens in early September, will seat 60. Next year, Crowe will add an outdoor patio and a drive-through as well.

He wants families to be able to dine together at Dolci & Joes and experience “the good times of past generations when that was kind of a big deal.”

The idea, Crowe says, is “kind of bringing back meal time as it should be.”