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“I would have said it anyway.”

Redbird Flight Simulations owner Jerry Gregoire, noting that Cessna Aircraft representatives were at Farnborough instead of the Wichita Aero Club Thursday when he discussed what happens when accountants take over aviation companies

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“It was a wonderful celebration of Don’s amazing legacy, and I thought it was especially appropriate that we closed the service by singing ‘God Bless America’ as enthusiastically as Don was known to do.”

Russ Meyer, Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus, on businessman Don Slawson’s Friday memorial service

Airbus to reduce engineering staff

WICHITA — Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft aren’t the only aircraft manufacturers cutting jobs in Wichita.

Airbus also will be reducing its engineering staff.

“This is not bad news,” says spokeswoman Kristi Tucker.

“This type of staffing balance is not unusual in the aviation industry,” she says. “At some point in every project, the product leaves the engineering and design phase and goes into production, so you don’t need as much engineering focus on it.”

Currently, about 370 of Airbus’ 400 Wichita employees are engineers.

“It’s been at a top level,” Tucker says. “It’s more work than we’ve ever done or ever managed out of that office.”

She says she can’t discuss specific numbers of how many jobs will be eliminated because that’s not been determined yet.

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“My father would have loved the video, and my mother would have believed it.”

Cessna Aircraft chairman emeritus Russ Meyer on a video tribute to him at Saturday’s Wichita Aero Club gala, where he was the honoree

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“When I was at GE, we talked about dishwashers.”

Cessna Aircraft CEO Scott Ernest, speaking at the kickoff reception for the Kansas Aviation Expo, on how cool it is to work for a company that makes airplanes

Cow & Sow Deli and mini grocery coming to the Renfro apartments downtown

WICHITA — Renfro residents, along with other downtown dwellers and workers, soon will have a taste of country cooking from Conway Springs.

Tracey Coln and Teresa Gerber now live in Wichita, but Coln describes herself and Gerber as “just the country girls . . . trying to bring some country cooking into the city.”

They’re opening the Cow & Sow Deli next month at the new apartment building at 612 E. Douglas.

Coln’s mother grew up on a dairy farm in Viola, which is Coln’s inspiration for desserts and side dishes with lots of cream and butter — thus the “cow.”

Gerber grew up on a farm outside of Conway Springs, which is where she learned her family’s recipe for German sausage — thus the “sow.”

“We were being silly,” Coln says of trying to come up with a name.

Joking about the Cow & Sow “caught on, and everybody loved it,” Coln says.

Coln, who owns Heartfelt Memories photography studio, and Gerber, who recently left Cessna Aircraft, grew up together in Conway Springs.

“We were best friends,” Coln says.

Gerber’s departure from Cessna is what’s leading the two to open the deli, which will specialize in take-and-bake sausage, sandwiches, side dishes and a salad bar that Coln calls “something fresh and unique and not just a basic salad bar.”

They’re also going to carry some grocery items, such as milk, eggs, toilet paper and toothpaste as a convenience to residents.

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Wichita Vending buys Wichita Canteen, becomes Compass Group franchisee

WICHITA — The more than 50-year-old Wichita Canteen has sold to the 19-year-old Wichita Vending.

“Basically, it’s a merger as I see it,” says Wichita Vending owner and president Joe Hemmelgarn.

Wichita Canteen had been a franchise of North Carolina-based Compass Group. Now, Wichita Vending is.

Hemmelgarn says not much will change.

“We just get to use some of the corporate purchasing power,” he says.

Wichita Vending and Wichita Canteen both have offered a range of food services and vending.

“They’re much larger in the food service business,” Hemmelgarn says of Wichita Canteen.

The company offers food management, including the operation of cafeterias at businesses such as Cessna Aircraft; concession services, including those at Wichita State University and Century II; and inmate commissaries.

That’s what led Hemmelgarn to approach the company, which had been owned by the Grady family since 1959, with an offer. Food service also is what he wants to put an emphasis on now.

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Mother and daughter purchase Cero’s Candies


WICHITA — A mother and daughter with MBAs and a love of sweets are the new owners of Cero’s Candies.

Pam Bishop and her daughter, Darcy Bishop, purchased the 125-year-old business for an undisclosed price.

“I’m a longtime customer of Cero’s,” Pam Bishop says. “It was important to me to keep Cero’s alive and healthy.”

In September, the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas, which bought the business from the Cero family in 2000, announced it was looking for a buyer.

The nonprofit association has used the business to train and employ those with severe and persistent mental illnesses.

Other area employers are more willing to hire those with mental illnesses now, former Cero’s general manager Marni Eickelman said when announcing the business would be for sale.

Pam Bishop is an accountant who spent the last 22 years at Cessna Aircraft, where she retired in September.

Darcy Bishop has managed food service industries in Florida and now works at Cessna, though she’s been laid off and her last day is Dec. 10.

The layoff isn’t the reason for the business purchase, though.

“We actually started going down this path before,” Pam Bishop says. “I’ve always wanted to do something like this.”

So has her daughter.

“One of my hobbies is candy making and cookies, sweet breads — things along those lines,” Darcy Bishop says. “I saw it as an opportunity to combine my background in manufacturing and restaurant management and my hobby.”

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Le Monde Cafe on the east side will close after business Thursday

WICHITA — If you’ve enjoyed eating at the east-side Le Monde Cafe since it opened earlier this year, you’d better head back quick if you’d like one more visit.

The restaurant’s last day in business in Thursday.

Mohamad Krichati, who has owned the Le Monde Cafe & Deli at 602 N. West St. for 16 years, was laid off from Cessna Aircraft more than a year ago. That inspired him to open the second restaurant, but now he’s focusing his efforts on contract engineering — and keeping his original restaurant.

“We’re doing good business here, so we’re going to keep it,” he says.

Krichati’s partner in the east-side Le Monde, Imad Youssef, says he’d like to keep the restaurant, which opened in the former Nouvelle Cafe space at 3101 N. Rock Road. Krichati doesn’t want him to, though, since he won’t be there.

Instead, Youssef is making plans to open Il Ponte, which is Italian for “the Bridge,” in the space.

He’ll continue to offer Mediterranean cuisine.

“Absolutely, I’m going to keep the humus, because it’s the best in Wichita,” Youssef says.

He’ll offer a lot of pastas, salads, appetizers and chicken dishes, too.

“I’m still working on it,” Youssef says.

Look for more details, including an opening date, in the coming weeks.

GoRun Wichita to open near 21st and Maize

Randy Mijares (left) and Kevin Swinicki of the new GoRun Wichita.

Randy Mijares (left) and Kevin Swinicki of the new GoRun Wichita.

WICHITA — In addition to being avid runners and running coaches, Kevin Swinicki and Randy Mijares are passionate about encouraging others to run.

So, it makes sense that they’re opening a new store called GoRun Wichita.

The running specialty store will open late next month at 2556 N. Maize Road between Baskin-Robbins and Supplement Giant.

“There has been a longtime feeling in the running community that the west side has been chronically underserved,” Mijares says. “We’re hoping to correct all that by providing a place where the community can meet and hang out.”

Running shoes will be the main focus, but there will be trail shoes and specialty shoes as well.

Also, there will be clothing and accessories geared to running, such as watches and GPS devices.

Curt Robertson of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal for the 1,400-square-foot space.

When Swinicki approached Mijares about doing the store, Mijares says, “I lit up immediately because it’s been a long-held goal of mine.”

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