Two new businesses to open at Clifton Square in College Hill

UPDATED — A couple of new businesses are going to open next month at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas in College Hill.

Nina Winter, who makes women’s accessories through her Nina Winter Design, is opening Tissu Sewing Studio by June 15.

“I really want to kind of bring back traditional arts and crafts,” Winter says. “For example … classes like how to make a prom dress or basic sewing and bringing back quilting.”

She’s not a strictly traditional designer, though.

“I’m trying to do, like, a modern twist on it,” Winter says. “It won’t be traditional quilting, for example.”

She might use recycled denim, she says.

Classes will be for all ages.

Winter used to teach sewing and textile classes at CityArts. She says she has a master’s degree in fashion design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“I’m hoping to bring everything I’ve learned back to Wichita.”

Around the same time midmonth, Erin Buhrer will be opening Erin Marie Acne Solutions at Clifton Square.

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Ginger Lily Boutique to close at Clifton Square but will keep on truckin’

WICHITA — Ginger Lily Boutique owner Holly Daley has decided to close her Clifton Square shop and keep on truckin’ instead.

Daley first opened her fashion truck in May of 2013. It was such a success, she decided to open a traditional shop, too.

“I wanted to try a storefront, but I feel it’s the best decision for me to get back out on the road, back to where I started,” Daley said in a release. “I want to see the city again!”

She also plans to begin selling online at www.gingerlilyboutique.com.

Ginger Lily will remain open at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas through April 30.

The release says that in addition to scheduled appearances, Daley will take the truck to public events as well.

The release said she “has become acquainted with some of the local food trucks and they often work together and provide an unmatched outdoor experience for foodies and fashionistas alike.”

 

Artist Central expands with residential living

WICHITA — Artist Central, the artist work space and gallery on Central just east of Oliver, is expanding again in a rather unusual way.

Clifton Square owner Jo Zakas, who started Artist Central in 2011, has purchased the two four-plex apartments next to the artist space and is going to expand her concept to include residential living for artists.

There are eight one-bedroom apartments, each of which is furnished and has a carport, that will lease for $375 a month.

“And they’re cute,” Zakas says.

Though she’s open to renting to anyone, Zakas says she especially hopes to attract artists of all kinds.

“Now they can have a place to paint, they can have a place to live, they can have a place to show, they can have a place to sell … all in that one little area.”

They can take classes, too, she says.

“We still are needing more artists, and we need more students for the classes,” Zakas says.

Artist Central has evolved beyond the vision she initially had for it.

“I was taking a class with a few other people, and we decided we needed a place to paint,” Zakas says. “The next thing we knew, we were doing Final Friday.”

Then the gallery and work space grew. Zakas says she thinks residential makes sense for the latest expansion.

“I just think it’s a smart move.”

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“We are moving on.”

Jo Zakas on how the French family with the cross-country saga won’t be opening a restaurant at Clifton Square after all, so she’s looking for a new restaurant or retail business for the space

OT Media to move to part of Artist Central’s former gallery space

UPDATED — The 2-year-old Artist Central at 5014 E. Central is going to reduce in size to make way for a new business.

OT Media is a portrait photography and videography business that Nick Thomas has been running from his home.

“This will be our first …office,” he says. “Our team’s gotten bigger, and so we need a space.”

He now has three employees. Thomas says he offers portraits and “kind of like lifetime event videography,” such as weddings and graduations.

The OT in OT Media stands for Thomas’ middle name, Owen, and his last name.

The space his business will be in used to be Artist Central’s gallery space.

“We’re basically splitting Artist Central,” Thomas says. “So they’re going to have half the area now.”

Jo Zakas, the Clifton Square owner who started Artist Central, says Artist Central still will have 2,500 square feet.

“We felt that this was such a great addition to Artist Central,” she says of OT Media. “They’re artists. … They’re young, and they’re enthusiastic, so we think they’re just going to add a really bright spot to us.”

Zakas has news coming soon about artists’ residences at Artist Central.

“We really want to make Central Canyon Road,” she says, referring to the famed gallery row in Santa Fe, N.M.

Thomas will debut his new space at next week’s Final Friday.

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“We are willing to do whatever we can to help the French family fulfill their dreams of living in … a capitalistic, free society.”

Jo Zakas, who is eager to fill the restaurant space at Clifton Square but also is willing to work with the Fraikin family to end their odyssey across America and open their Au Paris-Bruxelles restaurant here

Au Paris-Bruxelles French and Belgian restaurant to open at Clifton Square after all

WICHITA — The deal for a French and Belgian restaurant to open at Clifton Square appeared to be off, but it’s going to go forward after all.

“It did drag out, but it’s never been officially off,” says Ted Branson, a broker with Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

Flo and Didier Fraikin had won a lottery for a green card to come to the United States, and after considering a home in Colorado and Wyoming, they chose Wichita.

“It sounds like they’re enamored with the West,” Branson says. Flo Fraikin “says it’s been her lifelong dream to come to America.”

“So they just jumped on it,” Branson says. “I’m not sure they thought it all through. … It was a little bigger than they anticipated.”

The family of seven plus three pets flew to San Francisco and planned a tour through the West to get to Wichita by June. Car trouble led to financial trouble which led to the family being stuck in California.

“They’ve just been hunkered down there trying to survive,” Branson says. “We’re just been pushing for them to get here. We’ll figure it out when they get here.”

The family is due to arrive Friday.

Branson says he’s “taking on a new job for a week” trying to help the family in advance of their arrival. A temporary house is his first order of business.

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Pediatric Speech Therapy opening at Clifton Square

WICHITA — In addition to Ginger Lily Boutique opening at Clifton Square, Caitlin Smith is opening Pediatric Speech Therapy there.

“I named it just what it is,” says the licensed speech pathologist.

She says she’s starting the business because of “just my love for children.”

“I love making therapy fun,” Smith says. “My goal is that they don’t even know they’re in speech therapy because it’s just a fun place to go, and they can’t wait to come back. I just try to make it really creative and fun and very interactive.”

She says sensory integration is a big part of the therapy, and she uses puppets and singing and music and rhythm.

“All of those things are incorporated into my therapy, which make it unique.”

Smith says she can work with all kinds of children, including those who are hard to understand along with typically developing children. She’ll also work with autistic children.

She says parents can be part of the therapy as well.

“They are highly encouraged to participate.”

Smith says Clifton Square makes sense for her business.

“I love it for its central location,” she says. “People know where to find me.”

Ginger Lily Boutique traveling fashion truck to have a permanent home, too

WICHITA — No one can deny the popularity of food trucks, but there may have been a skeptic or two when Holly Daley debuted her Ginger Lily Boutique traveling fashion truck in May.

“It’s not like I’m selling clothes out of grandma’s VW bug,” she said at the time.

Her instincts proved correct.

“Business has been soooo good. It’s been overwhelmingly good,” Daley says. “It’s funny, when people come on the truck, they’re like, ‘Oh, this is like a little boutique.’”

She says people then ask where her store is.

“I say, ‘You’re standing in it.’”

The success of the truck has inspired Daley to open a more traditional boutique by the same name in Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.

“It’s going to have the same vibe as the truck,” she says.

Daley will keep the truck for parties and events.

“People just love shopping on this truck.”

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Platinum Salon Spa & Boutique and Salon Bella to merge on west side; Color Bar Salon to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — There’s news with a few salons and stylists in the greater Wichita area.

First, Platinum Salon Spa & Boutique and Salon Bella are merging.

Susan Wardle and Tammy Kudlock are moving their Salon Bella from 119th and Maple to Tambra Hiser’s Platinum Salon at the northeast corner of 13th and Maize Road on Tuesday.

“I wanted to grow, and I don’t want to do it … one by one where it takes months,” Hiser says. “I came up with this innovative idea.”

She actively sought other salon partners by cold calling a few.

“Basically I decided to knock on some doors,” Hiser says. “I wanted to see what salon owners were faced with, some challenges.”

She and Wardle and Kudlock thought they would be a good fit and be able to offer complementary services. Hiser says they decided, “Wouldn’t it be genius to mix these two staffs together?”

She says education is a big focus for both salons.

There will be 11 stylists who will share nine stations.

In addition to hair services, there will be facials, nail care, massage and body wraps among other things.

Hiser says the trend lately has been for stylists to branch out on their own, but she says she and Wardle and Kudlock see benefits to combining their services in one place and under the Platinum name.

“Adding two heads is better than one,” Hiser says. It’s “going to be incredible.”

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