Tad’s Locker Room to open in former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

WICHITA — From restaurant to locker room.

The former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill near 21st and Ridge is going to be the new home of a west-side Tad’s Locker Room.

The original Tad’s is in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb on the east side.

tadtwo“It just fell in place,” owner Tad Snarenberger says of the deal.

He almost had a different west-side deal and had preordered merchandise when it fell through.

“God has really helped us do this because we didn’t have a place to go,” Snarenberger says.

The 5,400-square-foot space is just over what the east-side store has.

“It’s just like a large ranch,” Snarenberger says of the long space.

Snarenberger’s store, which sells sports apparel and memorabilia, used to be called Sports Time Fan Shop until he and a partner split in 2012.

There’s still a Sports Time Fan Shop in NewMarket Square up the road from where Tad’s will open.

Snarenberger says he feels like Tad’s has a strong enough market presence now to open a second shop.

Intrust Bank has my back on this,” he says.

Snarenberger thinks his store works because of his strong staff and because he’s in the shop daily, which he’ll continue to be at both stores.

“Yeah, he’s a local guy,” he says customers say. “He’s doing the local thing.”

The new store likely will open in early October.

“It is a huge leap,” Snarenberger says. “It’s exciting.”

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming to open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb

WICHITA — If you heard rumblings of a Wolfgang bringing some tasty treats to a new pink-and-brown, chandelier-lit bakery and boutique on the east side, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wondered whether international chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck might be bringing one of his concepts here.

Turns out, it’s Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming that will be opening in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“It’ll definitely be probably the most unique pet store that people in this market have seen,” says Lisa Chamberlain, who is opening the business with her husband, Albert Cipo.

“Most people are like, ‘This is for dogs?’ ”

The two had another Woof Gang franchise in Houston but wanted to move back home to Wichita.

The business is a combination store, bakery and grooming site.

Chamberlain says she plans to have grooming for dogs and cats.

“Hopefully, if I can find a groomer who does cats,” she says. “That’s an if.”

Chamberlain says she tries to do kennel-free grooming in a short amount of time to keep down an animal’s stress level.

“Our grooming is more of a spa-type setting,” she says.

That includes “pawdicures” and blueberry facials with natural products.

“The dogs love it,” Chamberlain says. “It’s like lick, lick, lick.”

Woof Gang also will have an all-natural bakery for special-occasion cakes and treats.

“It is a bakery for pets,” Chamberlain says. “We have all sorts of treats.”

She says Woof Gang also will sell holistic food, including dry and wet food and raw and freeze-dried food.

There also will be chews, bowls, beds, collars and leashes.

“We’re a little more of a boutique feel,” Chamberlain says.

The 2,000-square-foot store will open in October.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“Ideally, we’d like to do more than one,” Chamberlain says.

The plan is to open a second Woof Gang on the west side within a year after the first one opens. Then the Kansas City area is a possibility, she says.

“It’s a long-term plan.”

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“They’re just working through some of the details and getting ready for the season.”

Fred Hanley of Cambridge Market on how Baskin-Robbins is reopening in its former east and west-side spaces this summer

Across Time and Page Scrapbook Emporium at Cambridge Market to close

WICHITA — A little more than a year after opening, Across Time and Page Scrapbook Emporium in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb is closing.

Saturday is the store’s last day in business.

“I was just not hitting the numbers I needed to hit to keep going,” owner Carmen Ned says. “We had regular customers, but it just wasn’t enough to keep us going.”

Ned isn’t sure what she’s going to do next.

“I just haven’t had time to think about it yet. I’m just trying to close this chapter right now.”

There is one thing she knows she’s going to tackle after closing, though.

“First thing I’m going to do is clean my house really good.”

Louie’s Grill & Bar closes at Cambridge Market; Baskin-Robbins fate still unclear

WICHITA — Louie’s Grill & Bar has closed.

A manager at the restaurant, which was at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road, confirms it has closed but won’t say anything more.

Cambridge Market’s Fred Hanley says he knew there was a possibility that the restaurant would be shutting down, but he didn’t realize it was closing until it did.

“I was surprised, too.”

No one with the Norman, Okla.-based Hal Smith Restaurant Group was immediately available to comment.

Also at Cambridge, Hanley says he’s still waiting to learn the fate of the Baskin-Robbins that franchisee David Cortez closed.

There’s a chance that the franchisor, Memphis-based Klinke Bros. Ice Cream, may reopen the business along with the west-side Baskin-Robbins near 21st and Maize Road. Hanley says he’s waiting to hear.

“I’m hoping that it reopens.”

Ladies Golf Place relocates downtown

WICHITA — After having what she calls a test location on the east side for a year, Mona Thomason is moving her Ladies Golf Place downtown near Douglas and Washington.

The shop will have its grand opening at 924 E. Douglas, which is just down from Larkspur, on Sunday.

Thomason’s shop previously was in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“I had a lot of ladies on the west side who drove there,” Thomason says.

She wanted a more centralized location so shoppers from the east and west sides could easily drive to it.

Also, Thomason says, downtown is appealing because it has a lot of traffic and tourists.

The shop sells apparel such as shoes, hats, visors and gloves.

Thomason also has merchandise in several pro shops, including Willowbend Golf Club, Crestview Country Club, Flint Hills National Golf Club, Sim Golf Course and MacDonald Golf Course.

Across Time and Page scrapbooking store to open at Cambridge Market

UPDATED — Another new scrapbooking store is coming to Wichita.

Carmen Ned is opening Across Time and Page in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Earlier this month, Kathryn and Jeffrey Welch told Have You Heard? that they’re opening Kat Scrap Fever in Clifton Square in College Hill.

A scrapbooking store is a big departure for Ned, who has almost 30 years of HR experience.

When the company she was working for here was purchased by another company, Ned’s position was eliminated.

“My husband brought to my attention that WSU was having a new ventures program,” Ned says.

She attended to learn how to do business planning.

Ned says Timothy Pett, the director of Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, was instrumental in her decision to start Across Time and Page.

“He actually liked the idea,” she says. “He saw that it was just a viable business idea and just encouraged me to move forward.”

The store will be in almost 2,000 square feet between Sports Time Fan Shop and Chelmsford Tea & Gifts.

Scott Harper with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“It has been a hobby of mine,” Ned says of scrapbooking, “and I always noticed that there wasn’t a store in the northeast area.

She says she’ll have space for 20 people to work on projects or have a scrapbooking party. Ned also plans to offer classes along with “just the latest and greatest scrapbooking merchandise.”


Redbird boutique to open at Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road

WICHITA — Longtime Newton shop owners Ken and Vicki Stobbe and their daughter, Tina, are opening their first store in Wichita next month.

“We’ve always wanted to expand to Wichita,” Tina Stobbe says. “We debated a long time whether to go east (or) go west.”

The family has chosen Cambridge Market on the southeast corner of 21st and Webb Road to open Redbird Boutique.

They’ve owned High Street Co., a home decor and gift store, for 25 years in Newton.

That’s where they also have the 15-year-old boutique Main Street Co. and the 9-year-old Kitchen Corner, a gourmet kitchen store.

The Stobbes considered a kitchen store for Wichita, but they thought that would require more space, so they decided to open a boutique in 1,750 square feet instead.

Don Piros with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“We’re going to have clothing and purses and jewelry and fun girly stuff,” Tina Stobbe says.

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Sports Time Fan Shop expands into former Satchel Creek Steaks space at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — With Satchel Creek Steaks leaving Cambridge Market for Andover, as Have You Heard? reported Monday, Tad Snarenberger saw an opportunity for his Sports Time Fan Shop.

“Them vacating is very advantageous for me,” he says.

He’s in his fifth year at the center at 21st and Webb, where he has about 4,000 square feet and sells “anything you can stick a college logo on.”

Snarenberger is taking Satchel Creek’s former 1,900 square feet.

“My issue is I don’t have enough space to display properly,” he says.

For instance, he has numerous types of Shocker shirts all squeezed into one rack.

“Look, we’re just too tight.”

Snarenberger says he wants to “give KU, K-State and Wichita State University their due.”

Each school will have its own wall once construction is done.

Snarenberger will create two arches in the wall that currently divides his store from the former Satchel Creek space.

He says his “game plan” will be to make that new space the House Divided, with one wall for KU and one for K-State.

That will allow him more room in the store’s original space for WSU items.

Construction will start this week, and the new space will be ready in about three weeks.

Satchel Creek Steaks to open in Andover and partner on other retail sites

UPDATED — Satchel Creek Steaks has closed its Cambridge Market retail shop and is moving to Andover, but it’s not leaving Wichita entirely.

Owner Tiya Tonn-Oppold has placed her products at the Great Harvest Bread Co. near 21st and Maize to have a presence on the west side.

“That’s been great for us.”

As soon as the Great Harvest near Central and Woodlawn is revamped to make room, Tonn-Oppold says Satchel Creek will be there as well.

She’s negotiating with a couple of other retail outlets as well.

“Really, it’s more cost effective . . . to be in the local neighborhoods,” Tonn-Oppold says. “It’s good business sense for the small businesses involved and more localized for the customer.”

She was surprised to learn that people in different areas seem to like different cuts of meat.

“You wouldn’t think there would be that,” she says.

“We’re going to be able to really hone in on what people in (an) area are wanting.”

The new store at 340 S. Andover Road will open by Valentine’s Day.

At approximately 1,000 square feet, it’s about half the size of the space at Cambridge Market.

“We’re still going to carry everything we’ve been carrying,” Tonn-Oppold says.

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