Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop to open at Oxford Square in July

WICHITA — After years of working for others, Paris and Mark Walker are opening their own business.

Their Royalty Barber & Beauty Shop will open next month in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn.

Paris Walker says “just the independence” of having their own place appealed to them.

“That motivated us,” she says.

She’s a cosmetologist, and Mark Walker is a barber. The shop will employ at least two other stylists and two other barbers as well.

Paris Walker says where she works now is not particularly kid friendly.

“I’m a very family oriented person,” she says.

She says she’ll welcome children of employees at the shop.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Walker says she and her husband like the traffic in the area and that it’s close to dining and a beauty supply store. She also thinks there’s a lot of people near there who can benefit from the shop’s services.

“It was just a really good area as far as the neighborhood.”

Thai Smile to open in former Li’l Mexico space, Pho Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant to open in Thai Smile space

WICHITA — The Thai restaurant Thai Smile is moving in order to expand.

Owner Sakunphan Pongphan says his restaurant closed at its previous address at 1523 S. Seneca in late May.

His new space will open Monday at 1601 E. Pawnee where Li’l Mexico used to be.

“We wanted a bigger place,” Pongphan says.

Instead of seating for a dozen, he says he’ll now be able to seat 84.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Thai Smile will be open for lunch and dinner six days a week and will close on Tuesdays.

According to a sign at the former Thai Smile space, Pho Lotus Vietnamese Restaurant is opening in that space.

Rylee & Reece Kids Boutique and Party Place moving to Maple and Ridge Road

WICHITA — Rylee & Reece Kids Boutique and Party Place is moving – again.

When Tiffany Garner and her mother, Lynette, bought the children’s shop in early 2011, they moved it from Comotara Center on the east side to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

Now, they’re moving to the center at the northeast corner of Maple and Ridge Road.

“We have found a bigger space,” Tiffany Garner says. “We’re able to lower our overhead. It’s just going to give us a bigger opportunity for the store.”

They now have about 2,000 square feet. The new space will have an additional 400 square feet.

“The party room is a little bit more separate,” Garner says.

About 60 percent of their business is through the party room. There will be additional themes for parties at the new space.

Garner says the party-room business has doubled from what it was on the east side.

She says the “west side loves us.”

“We’ve got a huge response from the west side.”

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Tim Adams to move his dental practice further west to 45th and Maize Road

UPDATED — After 16 years at 37th and Arkansas, dentist Tim Adams is moving his practice.

“This building’s old,” he says of where his self-named business currently is.

Adams wants to start over with a new space in a new area, so he’s moving to the southeast corner of 45th and Maize Road and renaming the practice Maize Family Dentistry.

His move to the 3,000-square-foot space will give him about 500 extra square feet.

“That’s part of it,” Adams says.

He also lives on the west side, so the move makes sense for him, but Adams says he’s particularly excited about getting new space, buying new equipment and updating his office.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The new office will open around August.

 

Bionic Burger to open fifth restaurant in former Taco Tico space on East Harry

UPDATED — Most parts of Wichita have a Bionic Burger, but Raquel and Jimmy Chavez knew one area was lacking.

“We kind of needed one in the southeast area,” Raquel Chavez says.

So they’re opening their fifth restaurant in the family-owned chain at 3257 E. Harry where a Taco Tico recently closed.

“There’s a lot of people, a lot of activity over there,” Chavez says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Troy Farha of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Raquel Chavez’s parents, Pam and Steve Majors, started the business in 1977.

Chavez and her father had a good-natured fight over dinner the other night when she claimed she started in the business at age 11.

Social Security records proved it was age 12.

In actuality, Chavez says, “I’ve worked in the business all my life.”

She and her husband helped open the last two Bionic Burgers – in  Haysville in 2011 and near 21st and Woodlawn in 2010 – while her parents were still in the business. They’re now retired.

The East Harry Bionic Burger will be the first one the Chavezes open on their own. They’d like to grow the company even more.

“We still are looking to expand in different areas.”

Though her parents aren’t at the company day-to-day anymore, Chavez says she can still ask them for advice.

“It’s very nice,” she says.

“I try to do things and figure them out on my own,” Chavez says. She says she thinks her father likes still lending his assistance when she needs it, though.

“He taught me that customers are your number one priority,” Chavez says. They “have helped us make it for 36 years.”

Chavez says the most important thing she learned from her parents helps her run the business as they would.

“They taught me a lot of responsibility and hard work,” she says. “Nothing is going to change.”

 

W.O.W. Cakes to open in former Bubba’s Nekked BBQ space in Indian Hills

WICHITA — There’s going to be a sweet replacement for where Bubba’s Nekked BBQ used to be at the northwest corner of 13th and Meridian across from the Indian Hills Ace Hardware.

Pamela Pletcher is moving her W.O.W. Cakes there next month.

Pletcher started World of Wedding Cakes as an online business in 2009 and has had a couple of retail sites since then.

Currently, her office and the store are in a small space at 1786 S. Seneca. She says she’s been seeking the right space for both sides of her business, and it “has actually been kind of a trial.”

Part of the problem was trying to find a spot that would be an easy in and out for customers picking up cakes.

“That was my main goal.”

Pletcher has already moved her bakery to West 13th.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Pletcher also sells cupcakes and is expanding her product line with the new space. She says she’ll share more details closer to her May 28 opening.

“There are going to be a lot of new treats.”

Headshots Bar & Grill to open in the former Backstage space at Oxford Square

WICHITA — Ryan Revard is excited to talk about the new bar and grill he’s planning for the former Backstage space in Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn, but at the same time he doesn’t want to go into too much detail yet.

“I am trying to avoid a knee-jerk reaction from people when they see it,” he says. That’s because he’s planning a themed business that focuses on video games, which will feature free console-based video games. He’s calling it Headshots Bar & Grill.

“That can mean a lot of things to a very broad range of people,” he says of the name.

Revard says he doesn’t want anyone to say, “Oh, this is a bar for people who live in their mom’s basement and don’t have jobs.”

He says, “By nature, a game is a social interaction between multiple people.”

The business will target people ages 21 to 35, which is why Revard says he wanted to be near Wichita State University, but he says anyone will be welcome.

Revard is a gamer himself, and he also has a mixology degree.

“I wanted to combine my two most favorite things and make a business out if it.”

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Mike Lewis moves Newton gym, opens training center in Wichita

UPDATED — Mike Lewis has moved his Newton-based gym and is opening a personal training center in Wichita.

Mike Lewis Fitness is now in about 6,000 square feet at the Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

“Basically, I’m growing,” Lewis says of his business, which opened in 2009.

The gym offers a variety of workout options, such as spin classes, boot camps and personal training.

The new business, Fitness on the Waterfront, is opening at the Waterfront development at 13th and Webb Road exclusively for personal training.

“The clientele up there around the Waterfront is the main reason I want to do the Waterfront one,” Lewis says.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Personal training that he received, along with a sports background, inspired Lewis to open the gym.

“I’ve played every sport known to man,” he says. “I always wanted to open my own gym.”

Chez Belle salon to move to Mill Creek

WICHITA — Chez Belle, a salon that’s been near Central and Woodlawn for 11 years, is moving to the Mill Creek shopping center on the northeast corner of Central and Rock.

Owner Michaela Santiago says she’s ready to “grow the business and get a little bit more visibility from the street.”

Currently, she says, the salon is a little hard to see behind the Williams Ace Hardware store.

“We’ve hired some new stylists, and we’re going to start doing more … package spa-type items,” Santiago says. She says she wants to help the newer stylists build their clientele by being more visible. Chez Belle has 11 stylists.

Don Piros and Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Santiago says the salon offers a range of services but focuses mostly on hair and skin.

Chez Belle is in 1,800 square feet.

“We’re pretty spoiled right now,” Santiago says. “We’ve got a lot of space.”

The new space, which will open April 2, is 1,620 square feet. Santiago says the trade-off for more visibility will be worth it.

“We’re making every square inch count.”

Liberty Tax Service to open at Oxford Square at 21st and Woodlawn

WICHITA — Liberty Tax Service franchisees Darrell and Kathie Phipps are opening a new location in time for tax season.

The new site will be at Oxford Square, which is at the northwest corner of 21st and Woodlawn.

Darrell Phipps says they already have locations in Newton and at Central and Hillside in Wichita. They closed a Valley Center office at the end of last tax season.

“It just wasn’t performing … to our expectations,” he says. “We’re moving everything basically from that store into this location.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Phipps says when he started the business six tax seasons ago, his goal was to have three or four locations. He says there’s a chance he could open more.

“It’s always a possibility.”