Furnish My Nest to open at the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road

WICHITA — A new home furnishings store with a contemporary flair is coming to the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road.

Furnish My Nest is taking the 2,240 square feet Cox Communications Kansas/Arkansas used to be in before moving across the parking lot.

Chance Shipman and Josh Ruland are opening Furnish My Nest to sell furniture, accessories and lighting.

Shipman says they’ll offer “a mix of classic and contemporary styling, but very functional.”

“We want it to be usable … furniture for everyone’s lives.”

Shipman used to have a shop in Topeka. He says he noticed that there wasn’t a lot of variety in the home furnishings stores here.

Also, he says, “The contemporary choices were gone.”

He and Ruland also will offer a redesign-in-a-day service for $399 in which, after a few meetings with a client, they’ll redesign a room with existing furniture and accessories and add some new ones as needed as well.

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Bedtime Mattress Outlet to open at Harry and Rock

UPDATED — Craig Peterson acknowledges that there are already some good mattress stores in Wichita, but that’s not stopping him from opening Bedtime Mattress Outlet later this month.

“I believe that there’s a need for it here,” he says of a mattress store that sells quality mattresses at discount prices.

“I’m just the alternative to what’s out there right now.”

Competitors such as Mattress Hub are “good companies, and they are selling great beds . . . but they are on a higher-end scale.”

Mark Barrientos of Mattress Hub takes exception to that.

“We have mattresses that start at $59 and go all the way up,” he says.

Peterson is a former Rent-A-Center district manager who most recently has been operating two discount mattress stores in Oklahoma City.

He wanted “to be able to bring that back to my hometown.”

His first store is set to open by Jan. 27 at the northwest corner of Harry and Rock.

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Tyler Office Park to locate near Douglas and Tyler

WICHITA — Dale Walker of Midwest Insurance Agency is working on plans for a new 4,500-square-foot Tyler Office Park near the northwest corner of Douglas and Tyler.

“It’s at the architect’s right now, so we’ll probably get started in the next couple of weeks,” Walker says.

He currently leases space for his office at 4715 W. Central.

Walker plans to move his office to 1,500 square feet at his new property.

He’ll have two more 1,500-square-foot spaces to lease, or he’ll lease the entire remaining 3,000 square feet to one tenant.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate represented Walker in the transaction.

Landmark’s David Leyh and Gary Snyder represented the seller.

Mike Love Construction is the builder.

“I just want to own my own office building,” Walker says.

He’s not sure how easy it will be to find tenants.

“That’s a tough question. In this economy, I don’t really know what to expect.”

Walker has owned office buildings in the past.

And with construction costs down, he says it makes it easier to build.

“This is as good of time as any.”