Dandurand Drugstore to open near 21st and Ridge Road

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

Mike Dandurand, center, with his son, Ben, right, and Paul Vossen, who will manage the new Dandurand Drugstore opening on the west side.

WICHITA — Mike Dandurand, who opened his first Dandurand Drugstore on the east side in 1976, has always planned to have a west-side store.

However, “just the way health care is now” held him up.

“Finally, we just decided we don’t know what’s going to happen, we’re just going to do it,” he says.

The new store will be in 3,000 square feet near the northwest corner of 21st and Ridge Road where Westside Flowers by DeOrsey recently moved and Subway and Pho Chopstix already are.

“It’s going to be a hybrid,” Dandurand says of the store. “That means we’re going to do retail, but we’re also going to do compounding. … There’s a lot of pharmacies over there, but there’s not a lot of compounding pharmacies over there.”

Dandurand says that patients – anyone from premature babies to the elderly to even pets – sometimes need medicine in customized dosages, which is what compounding is for.

Dandurand’s main store is at Piccadilly Square at Central and Rock Road. Within that, there also is a long-term care pharmacy that’s strictly for people in care facilities. There’s also a Dandurand outlet inside Wichita Family Medicine Specialists at Carriage Parkway.

In 2005, Dandurand expanded from its original site at Piccadilly to new 7,500-square-foot space at the center where Brick’s used to be.

“It gave us a chance to remodel (while) still in business,” Dandurand says. He says it allowed him to update the store and “make it so it was inviting.”

It’s the same idea with the new store, which will be similar to the Dandurand at Piccadilly, though a little bit smaller.

“We’ll still have a fair amount of space for gifts,” Dandurand says.

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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.”

Soma Intimates opens Oct. 6 at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — As scheduled, Soma Intimates is opening Oct. 6 at Bradley Fair.

The store, which sells lingerie and sleepwear, will be between Brick’s and Trio’s.

This makes the third concept that Chico’s FAS Inc. has brought to the center. The Florida-based company also owns Chico’s and White House/Black Market.

Soma debuted in 2004 and now has more than 200 stores.

Victoria’s Secret also is at Bradley Fair.

When announcing Soma in May, Laham Development vice president Cathy Erickson told Have You Heard? that some women will shop at Soma and Victoria’s Secret, although some will chose one or the other.

“It offers more women more choices.”

Soma Intimates to open at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Chico’s FAS Inc. is bringing another new store to Bradley Fair.

Almost seven years ago, the Florida-based Chico’s opened two brands – Chico’s and White House/Black Market – at the development.

Now, the company has plans to open Soma Intimates, which sells lingerie and sleepwear.

“Because the women of Wichita have embraced Chico’s and White House/Black Market, the company is eager … to bring Soma to Bradley Fair,” says Cathy Erickson, vice president at Laham Development.

The first Soma Intimates opened in 2004. Now there are almost 200 of the boutiques nationally.

The Bradley Fair store, which will be between Brick’s and Trio’s, will be 2,520 square feet.

“We’re taking excess space not being used by Brick’s and building that out for Soma,” Erickson says.

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Cupcakery to open in Wichita, Great Bend

WICHITA — When Ashley Stanley graduated from McPherson College in 2008, she hoped to get a job using her graphic design degree.

“The economy has made it pretty difficult for that,” she says.

So while doing freelance graphic design, Stanley continued the baking she started at her mother’s former kitchen store, Kitchen Connection, in Great Bend.

“It’s been kind of a side hobby of mine,” Stanley says. “Then I decided, you know, I really love to bake. I love to combine my love of art and cooking. Why not take a chance and start something?”

So she’s debuting her new Cupcakery business for Valentine’s Day.

Stanley will continue baking out of her mother’s former space and have drop points (such as Brick’s at Bradley Fair) “to kind of break into the market and kind of get a feel for things in Wichita.”

She’ll serve the Great Bend market also.

Stanley is trying to set herself apart with unusual flavor combinations and offerings like cherry limeade cake.

If things go well, Stanley says, “I might want to take a leap and see where it can go from there” with a storefront.

“That’s kind of the purpose of this, just to see how everything goes over.”

Francesca’s Collections to open at Bradley Fair ahead of schedule

franWICHITA — Here’s something you don’t read about in business every day.

Francesca’s Collections is ahead of schedule and will open at Bradley Fair on Saturday.

“We thought it was going to be another couple of weeks, but they’re ready,” says Karen James of Laham Development, the Bradley Fair developer.

Francesca’s, a national boutique that sells women’s clothing, jewelry and gifts, is taking the space where Genevieve G Shoes used to be.

Genevieve Gordon moved her business into Brick’s, her father Russ Gordon’s store at Bradley Fair.

Francesca’s will be located between Lyndon’s and Bath & Body Works.

Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Francesca’s Collections coming to Bradley Fair; Genevieve G to relocate in Brick’s

WICHITA — A new national boutique is coming to Bradley Fair, a Laham Development property.

Francesca’s Collections, which sells women’s clothing, jewelry and gifts, is opening in 2,100 square feet at the east-side lifestyle center.

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Bradley Fair.

Clary Groen, director of real estate for Francesca’s, says the Houston-based company has been interested in Wichita for a while.

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