Cathy Lauer’s CR Designs joins REB Boutique in time for its second anniversary

WICHITA — REB Boutique is celebrating the second anniversary of its location at 5333 E. Kellogg with an open house Friday, which also is when interior designer Cathy Lauer is having the grand opening of her new space there.

Lauer, who has been in the business for 17 years, has CR Designs. Her business has been in west-side space that has a lot of stairs, which she says isn’t ideal.

“This is more centrally located, and there’s no stairs,” Lauer says of the REB space. “It’s a great fit.”

In addition to having a sample room for fabric, trim and hardware, Lauer says she’ll also have inventory such as chairs, tables and rugs so customers can see the quality of the pieces she can bring to their homes or offices.

Cindy Kemp’s C K Salon also is still at REB, as is Cathy Stevens’ Timeless New art business. Stevens also does nails there.

REB owner Glenda Sue Morris says her event room at the boutique also is taking off.

“I just booked my first wedding,” she says. “I’m so excited.”

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CK Salon opens within Reb Boutique

WICHITA — Glenda Sue Morris is expanding her REB Boutique by partnering with CK Salon owner Cindy Kemp to bring hair, nail and massage services there.

Kemp is the longtime former owner of the Shear Mania salon in Derby.

The businesses will remain separate but in the same building, which is in the former Tux Shop space in front of Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

REB Boutique, which sells furniture, clothing and accessories, has been there for seven months since leaving Old Town Square.

Morris says some people still don’t know she moved. She’s ordered a large LED sign, which will soon be installed.

Kemp is using the former Tux Shop dressing rooms to offer services. She and Morris think their businesses can work well together and plan to offer packages where customers can shop and receive services.

“What fun a woman can have,” Morris says. “We’ll make it real special.”

She calls them “play days.”

A basic package for $99 includes hair styling, nail services, massage and personalized shopping in half-hour increments.

A deluxe package is $199 for one-hour increments and includes a gift.

Limo service also will be available along with catering for groups or parties who want the packages.

Cathy Stevens, who used to own Nail Fa-nail-ia is the nail technician.

Morris says they’re still looking for an experienced massage therapist.

“This is people helping people is what it really is,” she says.

“That was our whole goal coming together,” Kemp says. “The whole thing is just an experience.”

Being in the East Kellogg space has been an experience for Morris, too.

She says a lot of customers remember it from when it was the popular Cowboy Club.

Morris says customers come in and say things such as, “You don’t know how many weekends I’ve been in this place and gotten smashed.”

She finds the situation humorous.

“It’s funny how things evolve.”