Beautiful Day Market & Cafe to open downtown this fall

WICHITA — Downtown dwellers have called for more grocery options in their area, and Charolett Knapic is answering.

Knapic, who owns Echo Landscapes, plans to open Beautiful Day Market & Cafe in 6,000 square feet downtown in November.

She’s not saying precisely where until she finalizes the lease. Cristi Howell at J.P. Weigand & Sons is assisting her.

Jill Miller of Creative Solutions is helping Knapic with her business plan, which is centered around locally grown and organic food.

Knapic grew up working at her grandparents’ Kingman restaurant, McQueen’s Cafe and Servateria.

That didn’t inspire her to want her own restaurant, though.

“Not at all,” Knapic says. “I thought I would never go back to it.”

The healthful side of the business is what’s attracting her.

“I want a place that makes you feel good.”

She got the idea because she was not feeling well.

“About five years ago I had a big health failure.”

Knapic says stress from her business caused her to have a physical breakdown.

Living a more natural, healthy life is what got her back on track and allowed her to find balance, she says.

“I learned a big lesson.”

Knapic wants to share that lesson.

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Bluebird Arthouse art supply store and studio to open in former Kellogg-Buck Furniture space in Delano

UPDATED — During her pursuit of a master’s degree in fine arts — she graduated from Wichita State University in May — Emily Brookover discovered a business opportunity.

So now she’s going to open Bluebird Arthouse in the former Kellogg-Buck Furniture space at 914 W. Douglas in Delano to sell art supplies and offer an outlet for artists.

“We have a real need for it here,” Brookover says.

When she was in school, she says, “There was no place to go for materials or support or a place to ask questions.”

There are three components to Brookover’s business.

First, the store is an art materials retailer.

“That will be our number one priority,” Brookover says.

She says local craft stores offer only student-grade supplies.

“We’re going to be carrying brands and lines that you can’t get at Michaels and Hobby Lobby.”

Among lines she plans to carry are Golden for acrylic paint and Gamblin for oil paint.

Brookover will offer supplies for a range of disciplines, including drawing, sculpture, ceramics and print-making.

She’ll also rent studio space for artists, and she’ll offer classes and demonstrations.

“I’m not just an art supplier,” Brookover says. “I want to be a place for artists to come and mingle and talk and be inspired.”

She plans to offer classes that aren’t currently available here.

“I’m not interested in competing with our amazing art centers here in town.”

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TOPTone Records and Creative Solutions to share new space

thomas-pageWICHITA – TOPtone Records owner Tom Page and his wife, Jill Miller of Creative Solutions, have come up with their own creative solution for office space.

They’ve purchased a commercial building at 437 N. St. Francis that they’ll share for their two businesses.

Each will take half of the 1,600-square-foot space. They’ve been renovating the building and will officially move in in a couple of weeks.

“We like the whole downtown area,” Page says.

Also, he says, “It’s a quality-of-life issue for me.”

Page is blind and says downtown is the most accessible area of Wichita.

“If you want to take a bus somewhere, downtown’s the best place to go,” he says.

Most recently, Page has been recording at C. Major’s Rockin’ Daddy’s near Douglas and Hillside. Page is a musician himself and has recorded acts like Moreland & Arbuckle and the Sluggos.

jill_miller_5x7Miller, who is a business development consultant, has been working out of their home.

“So it’s not much different,” she says, quickly adding with a laugh, “except I’ll be able to have a room with a lock on the door.”

The extra space also means now she’ll have space to hire an assistant.

“I could nearly weep,” Miller says. “I’m so happy.”