Mike Lewis moves Newton gym, opens training center in Wichita

UPDATED — Mike Lewis has moved his Newton-based gym and is opening a personal training center in Wichita.

Mike Lewis Fitness is now in about 6,000 square feet at the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

“Basically, I’m growing,” Lewis says of his business, which opened in 2009.

The gym offers a variety of workout options, such as spin classes, boot camps and personal training.

The new business, Fitness on the Waterfront, is opening at the Waterfront development at 13th and Webb Road exclusively for personal training.

“The clientele up there around the Waterfront is the main reason I want to do the Waterfront one,” Lewis says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Personal training that he received, along with a sports background, inspired Lewis to open the gym.

“I’ve played every sport known to man,” he says. “I always wanted to open my own gym.”

Espanola, New Mexico, theater makes 12th theater property for Mitchell Theatres

WICHITA — Brian Mitchell regularly drives between his family’s New Mexico theaters in Taos and Los Lunas, so he couldn’t help but notice the Dreamcatcher 10 theater in Espanola, N.M.

“Actually, there’s a stoplight right there,” he says. “I had to sit there and look at it.”

He and his family, who own Mitchell Theatres, considered buying it but thought someone else beat them to it. Then, they discovered that deal fell through.

“That’s when we jumped in on it.”

The family now owns the 10-screen theater, which makes its 12th theater property. This makes the fourth theater it has purchased from Storyteller Theatres.

“When you drive by something every time, it was like, OK … we’ve got to see about buying this thing,” Mitchell says. “That’s the farmer in us, I guess. You pass a piece of ground … .”

The family, including Mitchell’s siblings Brent, a lawyer at Martin Pringle, and Kendra Ramsey, who lives in Texas, is a farming family that bought its first theater in Newton almost seven years ago and has been steadily acquiring new theaters ever since. The family also owns the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

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Game On to open at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton

UPDATED — Everything old is new again at Game On, which has been in the Hutchinson Mall for almost five years and now is going to have a second location at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops.

The store, which will open in 1,200 square feet next month, buys, sells and trades video games, DVDs and game systems. It also sells iPods, skateboards and body jewelry.

“A lot of our business is the old, vintage games that are harder to find,” says owner Jeff Boll referring to such games as Nintendo.

“Now everybody’s older and wants to go back and play the games they had as kids.”

Game On sells new items as well.

Boll says he had to decide on a second store in either Newton or Great Bend.

“We just get a lot of customers from both places,” he says.

Newton won in part because it’s closer.

Boll likely will consider a third store down the road.

“Haven’t really thought that far ahead,” he says. “It would probably be a year or two.”

River Mill Woods moves to Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton

WICHITA — After years of working from their home and then in a storefront in the tiny town of Marion, Pat and Daryl Enos this week moved their River Mill Woods furniture and picture framing shop to Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

“Marion is our hometown, and it is a wonderful little community, but the word there is ‘little,’” Pat Enos says. “We simply needed more bodies to come through the door.”

Daryl Enos started River Mill Woods part time in 1988 while he still was teaching drafting in public schools.

“He would make furniture in the summertime, break time, things like that,” Pat Enos says.

In 1993, she started doing picture framing “just to see what I could do at home to help the family income out.”

They took the business full time in 2000.

Daryl Enos designs and builds all of his furniture, much of it to a customer’s specifications.

“That’s a lot of what he’s doing is custom building,” Pat Enos says.

“Everything you see, either Daryl or myself has pretty much fabricated up.”

She does all kinds of framing, from children’s art to conservation work to even an antique wedding dress.

“The whole gamut there.”

Their new store is 1,200 square feet.

Pat Enos says they’d love to grow the business enough to add employees and a manufacturing facility.

Daryl Enos’ wood shop is at their home in Marion, and he won’t be in the store on a day-to-day basis.

“Even though he’s more than half the business, you won’t see him very often,” Pat Enos says.

The store is named for Daryl Enos’ family’s former flour mill, part of which is still standing on their property.

“That’s what we see every day,” Pat Enos says.

The store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Pat Enos says she and her husband are both in their 50s and are starting to see a lot of their friends retire.

With the new shop, though, she says, “We feel like we’re just gearing up.”

In Marion, she says they were just keeping their heads above water in tough economic times.

They feel good about the opportunity at Chisholm Trail.

“I guess we’ve got renewed energy,” she says “We’ve got a lot of optimism.”

Sports Fan Room to open at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — Sports fans soon will have a new reason to shop at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops.

David Glass is opening his Sports Fan Room, which has been an Internet-based sports apparel and memorabilia business for the last five years, in the Newton shopping center.

“I knew this business was not going to grow until I got into a brick-and-mortar,” Glass says.

He says a storefront also allows for more products because some suppliers deal only with retail locations or a combination of retail and online businesses.

The store will carry NCAA apparel and memorabilia along with items from the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball teams and NASCAR.

“We’ll probably have one of the largest product mixes of NASCAR around the area,” Glass says.

He’ll continue Internet sales as well.

The store will have a 5,000-square-foot showroom in the front and 5,000 square feet of storage for the Internet business in the back.

Glass likes that Chisholm Trail is along Interstate 135 with lots of traffic.

“Chisholm Trail knew what I was looking for,” he says. “Their prices are just extremely reasonable. They go the extra mile to help the new tenants.”

Look for the store to open sometime in early November.

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum reorganizes, becomes its own nonprofit

WICHITA — The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Museum has made some changes that its board hopes will enhance it over time.

The museum, which is at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton, is now its own nonprofit and has separated its governance and operations from the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

The two have been at separate sites since the Hall of Fame moved from Old Town to the Wichita Boathouse in 2010.

“It’s natural for us to take this step and just keep the two separate,” says board member Debra Mitchell, who also handles public relations for her family’s Chisholm Trail.

Mitchell says local operations mean a more local board.

“We’ll have a lot more input by local people and just a lot more interaction with the community.”

Although the Hall of Fame and the museum are separate now, an overall board of trustees still governs them both.

The museum has been closed most of the summer to reorganize and select its board.

It’s now reopen in 14,100 square feet, which compares to 18,000 square feet that it previously had.

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Newton Performing Arts Center expands

WICHITA — The Newton Performing Arts Center is more than doubling its space at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops.

Kari Lee’s dance studio is expanding from 3,500 square feet to 8,000 square feet.

Lee says dance classes are full, and she’s had to turn some people away. She has two classrooms but needs more in order to add more classes and students.

The new studio will be the largest. Lee says there also will be enough extra space to add a prop room and a work room “just to kind of get some of the stuff out of the dance studios.”

The size of the lobby also will double.

The new space will be ready in September.

All Sports stores to close in September

WICHITA — A disappointed Randy Staub is closing his two All Sports stores in Wichita and Newton.

“I just can’t do it anymore,” he says. “Ever since ’08 when the economy kind of went in the tank, our business kind of took a downturn.”

All Sports, which opened in 2005, is a sporting apparel and memorabilia shop. The Wichita store is in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler. A second store opened in Derby in 2007 and then moved to Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in the summer of 2009.

Staub estimates as much as 50 percent of his customers are aircraft workers – or were.

“We lost a lot of our buying power with those aircraft workers.”

Staub says most shoppers have cut back on discretionary spending.

“Our type of stuff falls to the bottom.”

Staub says it’s also hard to compete with the Internet and big-box stores.

“They’re killing off all the small businesses,” he says. “They want to be your sporting goods store, your pharmacy … your hardware store, your grocery store. They want to be everything.”

Staub says his store has more variety, with merchandise from a lot of secondary teams, than some of his competitors.

“We tried and tried,” Staub says. “We’ve got great customers, but I just don’t have enough.”

The stores likely will close in early September.

Staub isn’t sure what he’ll do next.

“Our whole family works here, so we all kind of got to look at doing something else.”

 

Hershberger Piano Gallery to move to Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — JD. Hershberger is expanding his Hershberger Piano Gallery by moving it into its own space at Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

Hershberger started his business in 1995 with tuning and servicing pianos.

“People would often ask me, ‘Where can I find a piano?’” he says. “I thought why not just provide … pianos for people?”

So seven years ago, he took the front lobby space at Bethel College’s Academy of Performing Arts at 123 E. Broadway in Newton to sell new and used pianos.

He’d like to show even more pianos, but he says the Academy doesn’t have more room.

“I was really interested in expanding,” Hershberger says.

So next week, he’ll move into about 1,200 square feet at Chisholm Trail.

Hershberger says he’ll add digital pianos – which are electronic keyboards that look like regular pianos – to the store along with accessories and printed music.

He says he likes that his store will now be on the growing south side of Newton with easy highway access.

The 2,500-square-foot bar-and-grill space at Chisholm Trail also is available for lease.

Jordan Sports expands at Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton

WICHITA — The 2-year-old Jordan Sports is expanding at Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

The shop, which does screen printing and embroidery and sells promotional products and sporting goods, has been in 1,200 square feet. It’s moving to 4,500 square feet between Carter’s and the Kansas Sports Museum.

“It was just a better situation,” Landon Jordan says.

He says the landlord made it worth his while to move.

“It just made more sense to come over here.”

Jordan says if the weather cooperates for a move this weekend, the new store will open Tuesday.