Pixel Time moving adult classes to Labor Party; still searching for children’s space

WICHITA — Pixel Time, which provides lessons in digital arts and Mac technology, is leaving CityArts where it’s been for several years.

Pixel Time owner Skyler Lovelace says it wasn’t her idea to move, but CityArts needed her space.

“It was so great to be downtown, especially this time of year,” she says, noting she especially enjoys the horse-drawn carriages through Old Town.

She’ll remain in Old Town, though in another area. Pixel Time is moving to the Labor Party at 216 N. Mosley where there is private and shared workspace among creative types and small companies.

“Even though it wasn’t my idea to move, I think I’m going to see some advantages,” Lovelace says.

She says CityArts “was closed a lot when I would have preferred to be open.” The Labor Party is open 24-7, she says.

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Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe to open in center at Central and Rock in March

WICHITA — Thao Luu couldn’t find the job she was hoping for when she graduated with a hospitality management degree from Butler Community College and was beginning to despair when she passed a sign at Fidelity Bank.

“Wichitans don’t hope for a better future. We build it.”

The sign inspired Luu to start her own business and hire her former professor, Roger Bosserman, to help.

Luu is opening Birds on the Roof Bakery & Cafe in the former Verde Sustainable Living space in the center at the northeast corner of Central and Rock.

Though Luu is Vietnamese — she moved here three years ago to marry chemical engineer Jimmy Nguyen — she will offer mostly American dishes for breakfast and lunch. That includes paninis, sandwiches, pizza, hamburgers and salad. There will be a French flair with some dishes, such as crepes and savory pastries.

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“When you handed that to me, I just froze with fear.”

Jeff Turner’s comment to Gov. Sam Brownback when accepting Butler Community College’s Corporate Diversity Award for Spirit AeroSystems Friday. The award was handmade Karg Art Glass, and Turner explained he once accidentally knocked over and shattered a large piece of glass at Karg’s Kechi gallery.

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“I am an opportunity magnet, just waiting for opportunities to find a girl with a tattoo.”

– Retiring Butler Community College president Jackie Vietti, who this summer got a magnolia tattoo while visiting Sturgis, S.D.

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“Keep sawing.”

Butler Community College president Jackie Vietti to Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams as they struggled to use a serrated knife to cut the grand opening ribbon for the school’s new Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center

Assistance League of Wichita to reopen resale shop in new space Tuesday

Steven Hernandez, with Bauer and Son Construction, puts the finishing coat of paint on the door at 2431 E. Douglas, the new home of the Assistance League shop.

WICHITA — Almost a decade after starting a search for a new building, the Assistance League of Wichita is opening in new space Tuesday.

“It is looking so great,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer of the new building at 2431 E. Douglas, just down from Douglas and Grove. She says the shop “has a real boutique look.”

The building, which the Assistance League owns, used to be home to Paradise Antiques. The Assistance League used to be in rented space down the street at 2611 E. Douglas.

As Have You Heard? reported in October, the new space’s 6,000 square feet is more than double the size of the old store.

The resale shop sells an array of things including clothing, jewelry and household items.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League. The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop, which is run by volunteers, raises money for the League’s projects.

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“I told them I’d do it a second time and pocket the cash.”

Freddy’s co-owner Scott Redler, joking about his offer of dinner for eight that raised $3,750 at the Butler Community College auction Friday (which raised more than $165,000)

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“That said I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Butler was first in bestowing such an honor on you, so am wondering a bit which is the more insightful of the two institutions.”

Butler Community College president Jackie Vietti in a teasing note to Ford CEO Alan Mulally congratulating him on receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Kansas

Assistance League of Wichita buys former Paradise Antiques space for its thrift store

WICHITA — After looking for new space for the better part of a decade, the Assistance League of Wichita has found it.

The League is more than doubling its resale shop space by moving to 6,000 square feet near Douglas and Grove where Paradise Antiques used to be.

“We have been in our rented building right next to Moler’s Camera shop for 21 years,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer.

That’s at 2611 E. Douglas, just down from where the new shop will be.

The upside of taking so long to find new space is that the League has been able to save to buy the building.

“We’re hoping we can get it paid for in three years,” Longhofer says.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League.

The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. In the past two years, the program has supplied clothing to more than 4,000 students each year.

The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop raises money for the League’s projects.

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“I went to Sue Castile’s funeral and listening to her life story provided me more motivation than anything I probably would have heard at the conference anyway.”

– A Facebook post by Butler Community College’s Cindy Miles, who had numerous problems trying to get in to the Get Motivated Business Seminar but found plenty of inspiration at the memorial service for the late executive director of Inter-Faith Ministries