Child Care on Call to move within Clifton Square; Loving Touch Health & Beauty Spa to open at center

WICHITA — Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas is seeing some activity with a couple of businesses.

Child Care on Call, which has been at the development for more than two years, is moving within Clifton Square to Suite No. 45.

“We’re moving to a location that’s going to be a lot better for us,” says owner Angela Bitker.

She says the new space won’t be larger but will be reconfigured to allow for more room.

That’s important because Bitker has a lot of training classes in such things as first aid, CPR and child development.

Her business also provides child care substitutes when places such as day care centers need extra workers. Bitker says child care providers have to have certain qualifications, so not just anyone can fill in when regular works are on leave.

“It’s a very specific kind of person you need to fill in when somebody is sick or is on maternity leave or on vacation.”

Bitker is in the process of moving her business now.

Lisa Love is preparing to move her business into Suite No. 52.

Her Loving Touch Health & Beauty Spa will open in late November or early December to offer massage, body treatments, nail care and hair removal.

Love has previously either worked for others or had her business in someone else’s salon. She’s thrilled to now be opening her own place.

“It’s been a lifetime goal of mine.”

MDS of Kansas more than doubles its space with purchase of Hillside building

WICHITA — MDS of Kansas has purchased Wink Hartman Sr.’s former building at 201 S. Hillside and moved its offices there from Clifton Square.

“I really had my eye set on this building for a while,” CEO Donella Aubuchon says.

The 22-year-old MDS used to be known as Medical Documentation Solutions. The name changed last year as the company started doing more document services outside of the medical field. MDS still specializes in medical clients, though, which is why Hillside is attractive to Aubuchon.

“It’s still pretty medical-oriented over here, and it’s a busy street.”

MDS is taking 3,000 square feet in the building, which is more than double what it used to have.

That leaves as much as 5,500 square feet to lease. J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping MDS find a tenant.

In addition to expanding beyond medical clients, the work MDS does within the medical field is changing as well due to electronic records.

“It’s rearing its beautiful head,” Aubuchon says. “I don’t say ‘ugly’ anymore. It used to scare us. It’s where the industry is going, and it’s opened up a lot of opportunities.”

The company is offering new services, such as importing dictation into the medical record.

“We’re able to interface the dictation into the electronic record,” Aubuchon says.

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Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — A new shop at Clifton Square is going to cater exclusively to recovering addicts.

John Taylor is opening Nana & Opa’s Serenity & Recovery Gifts at the north end of the center at 3700 E. Douglas in College Hill.

“Our intent is to service all 12-step …programs within the community,” Taylor says.

That includes groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Gamblers Anonymous.

“Anything that’s got ‘anonymous’ behind it.”

Taylor named the shop for what his grandchildren call him and his wife, Shelley.

The 1,000-square-foot shop will sell what Taylor calls “drunk junk.”

“It’s the stuff that isn’t just absolutely necessary to get clean and sober.”

That includes T-shirts, jewelry and recovery medallions.

“Just little blingy things that alcoholics and drug addicts and co-dependent people … like to have,” Taylor says.

There also are books and recovery greeting cards, such as birthday cards that celebrate addicts’ sobriety dates.

The store also will sell some spiritual items, including recovery Bibles that help addicts see the 12 steps within the Bible.

In 350 square feet above the shop, there are AA meetings three times a week. Those began in June.

Nana & Opa’s will have a soft opening on Tuesday and a grand opening Aug. 7.

Wichita Jazz Festival office to open at Clifton Square

WICHITA — Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas is going to be the new home of the Wichita Jazz Festival office.

Executive director Craig Owens has been running the 41-year-old group from his office at Wichita State University where he’s director of the jazz studies program and teaches jazz guitar.

“It’s just important for the festival to have its own office,” Owens says. “It’s just the next natural step in the development of our organization.”

The group, which has a weeklong festival every April and educational activities throughout the year, also is adding staff for the new office.

Clifton Square developer Jo Zakas says the Wichita Jazz Festival will help her celebrate the center’s 40th birthday this fall.

“I would like to have a citywide community jazz day at Clifton Square,” she says. “We’ll just make it an all-day thing.”

Zakas says she’s surprised Clifton Square has been around so long. Then she rethinks it.

“I knew we’d be here this long. I’m just surprised it came so quickly.”

New counseling practice opens at Clifton Square, two new restaurants may follow

WICHITA — There’s lots of activity at Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas near College Hill.

Two new restaurants may be coming to the development.

Former Cibola owner Kevin Brown is looking at possibly doing something in the former John Browns space. If it happens, the business likely would be more of a bar that also serves sandwiches and burgers.

Just down from there, a couple is considering opening a restaurant in the former Victoria’s Tea Room.

We’ll keep you posted on both possible deals.

Counselor Holly Beckman-Filbert has a done deal for Clifton Square space for her Life in Relation Therapy.

“I specialize in couples, but I also see individuals and families as well,” she says. “I’m especially wanting to focus on the LGBT population. … I’ve noticed a need.”

Beckman-Filbert says “the more conservative philosophy here” means some lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals might not have the options they need for counseling.

Also, Beckman-Filbert says Wichita seems to have a lot of Christian-based counselors. Even though they don’t necessarily counsel through Christianity, she says, “it still limits people’s feeling of safety in the counseling process.”

Annabeth’s Day Spa to move to Clifton Square

WICHITA — Beth-Ann Welty is making a short hop across East Douglas to move her Annabeth’s Day Spa from Happiness Plaza to Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.

“I would like to expand my business,” she says.

Welty wanted to make sure she stayed in the College Hill area because she says so many of her clients have told her they like having a spa near their homes.

“I hope to be able to open over there March 14,” she says.

Instead of having one room, she’ll have two or three rooms to offer facials, waxing, body wraps and massage. She’s also adding a nail tech, lash extension services and couples facials. Welty says the new space will allow for waxing parties, too.

The move also will give her a chance to have a new design, she says.

“The environment won’t be as busy,” Welty says. She says she’s looking forward to creating “more of a spa, relaxing atmosphere.”


Artist Central adds artists and square footage

WICHITA — The new Artist Central on East Central between Oliver and Edgemoor is already expanding.

Clifton Square owner Jo Zakas and a group of other artists opened the space late last year to create, show and sell art.

It has grown from 900 square feet to 2,400 square feet and has three new private art studios, one of which is still available.

New artists have also joined the group, including Pamela Lamont, who used to be in Delano, and Bob Bayer, an abstract artist who started painting at age 75.

“Isn’t that great?” Zakas says.

California transplant Joseph Parker also has joined the group.

“He has got some very interesting work,” Zakas says.

The group has debuted a monthly artist’s talk – Steve Murillo took the first one – and is starting acrylic paint classes Jan. 18

The $150 class is every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for 10 weeks.

Zakas says the studio has kicked off in a big way.

“We’ve had tremendous support from everyone, including our artists, which we are just extremely thankful for.”


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.”


Kat Scrap Fever to open in Clifton Square

WICHITA — Kathryn and Jeffrey Welch already have day jobs plus a hair salon in Clifton Square, and now they’re opening a second business.

Kathryn Welch is an avid scrapbooker – she says her husband only likes to look once she’s finished – so she’s now opening Kat Scrap Fever near their Barcelona Hair Lounge in Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.

“I have 400 square feet, and 390 of it is filled with inventory,” Welch says.

She bought a large inventory from someone who planned to open a shop and then didn’t.

“We’re just trying to go through the inventory and get the store set up,” Welch says. “My hope is that we’re up and running … after the first of the year.”

She says the store will have an eBay component in part because her inventory includes a lot of older scrapbooking supplies that she thinks might have more appeal to Internet shoppers.

Welch says the store will start small, but she says she can always expand at another Clifton Square property.

“This is our second investment, so we really just wanted to make sure we weren’t overextending ourselves,” says Welch, who is a physician assistant at Neurology Center of Wichita.

Jeffrey Welch teaches journalism at South High School.

They aren’t looking for any other investments at the moment.

“Oh, god, no,” Kathryn Welch says.

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Artist Central to open for artists to create, show and sell their work

WICHITA — Clifton Square owner Jo Zakas and a group of other artists are opening a new space to create, show and sell art.

Artist Central will be at 5014 E. Central, which is on the north side of Central between Oliver and Edgemoor.

“Primarily it’s an artist’s studio where people can come and work,” Zakas says.

Other artists include Carol Cumberland, Barbara Niewald, Vicki McIlroy and internationally known artist and teacher Jim Gross.

Initially, they’ll have 900 square feet, which has been vacant since U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran had a campaign office there.

Zakas says there’s room to grow to 2,400 square feet.

“We’re looking for some additional artists, too,” she says.

The artists have a particular focus on abstract work, though they’re open to any kind of artists joining them, including photographers.

Art isn’t new to Zakas, who is best known for her Clifton Square retail center near College Hill.

“You know, I’ve been doing art since the ’80s,” she says. “It all started because I needed paintings for my wall, and everything I looked at was $6,000.”

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