Knolla’s Pizza Maize to open this fall

WICHITA — Several years after first considering a restaurant in Maize, pizza proprietors Dan and Ruth Knolla are opening a restaurant there.

“Over the last few years, it’s been built up quite a bit,” Dan Knolla says of the area. “There’s quite a bit … more traffic.”

Their Knolla’s Pizza Maize will open in late October or early November in the Hampton Lakes Retail Center at 4041 N. Maize Road.

The Knollas already have Knolla’s Pizza Cafe on West Central between Ridge Road and Tyler. Other relatives own other Knolla’s restaurants.

Several Knolla children now work for their parents’ business, and that’s the Knollas’ inspiration for a second restaurant.

Dan Knolla says he hopes to attract potential diners from the NewMarket Square and Lowe’s area closer to 21st and Maize Road.

“There’s so much that’s been built there in the last few years.”

Knolla’s will be on the south end of the 11,500-square-foot center, which Dan Knolla says has a tower on it.

“It’s a nice little design.”

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Kumon Math and Reading Learning Center to open in Hampton Lakes Retail Center

WICHITA — Recent Wichita State University graduate Neeti Patel is now a teacher – and a business owner at age 22.

Patel, who has a business management degree, is opening a Kumon Math and Reading Learning Center in the Hampton Lakes Retail Center at 4041 N. Maize Road.

“I went to Kumon as a child,” Patel says. “The program is amazing. I really believe in it. … Education’s really important to me.”

She says Kumon is a Japanese learning enrichment program for students of all ages. It focuses on math and reading.

“It is the world’s largest enrichment program,” Patel says. “The children actually end up learning the concepts on their own.”

She says Kumon instructors make sure there are no gaps in what the students are learning.

“We start them at a place where they know everything, and we go up from there,” Patel says. “We call it the comfortable starting point.”

She says that’s to build confidence for the students and help them enjoy what they’re doing.

“They actually learn to love the material,” Patel says. “I loved the program. My parents loved the program.”

She says Kumon also is good to franchisees.

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InMotion Spine – Muscle – Joint Clinic to open at Hampton Lakes

WICHITA — New chiropractors Meryl Miller and Jared Shoemaker are opening their first practice in Hampton Lakes at 37th and Maize this summer.

“We just decided we wanted to stay in Kansas,” says Miller, who graduated from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park in December. Shoemaker graduates next month.

The practice, InMotion Spine – Muscle – Joint Clinic, will be in 1,750 square feet and should open in June.

“We just want to get started and get a year under our belt and see what happens,” Miller says.

She and Shoemaker wanted to work in a small town near a big city, and they decided Maize would work.

“We didn’t want to be too far out,” Miller says. Also, she says, “We just like that it was a newer area. . . . We always see people out being active.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Curt Robertson of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Miller says she and Shoemaker plan to bring “a different model of care to everyone.”

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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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