Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry, College Hill Cleaners open in new Bradley Fair stores

WICHITA — Two of Bradley Fair’s original tenants, Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry and College Hill Cleaners, are now open in their new homes at the east-side development.

They moved to make room for Loft, formerly known as Ann Taylor Loft, which is now under construction.

When the jewelry store and cleaners opened at Bradley Fair in 1990, they were in the original 28,000-square-foot building there. Now, the development has a large mix of local and national tenants in 280,000 square feet.

College Hill Cleaners owner Fred Ortiz says his new store, which is between Il Vicino Wood Oven Pizza and Sami Halaseh Salon, is “absolutely beautiful.”

He says its granite counters, tile floors and 24-hour drop box make it his best store yet.

“Without a doubt.”

Randy Cooper’s is now in a larger space next to Amy’s Hallmark, which also is remodeling and expanding.

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Connie Hamilton sells Connie’s Cookies, which is moving east and changing to Connie’s Cookies Bakery Cafe

WICHITA — Twenty four years after opening Connie’s Cookies, Connie Hamilton has sold the business, but she’s not leaving.

That’s because she’s sold it to her son, Rob Smith, and his wife, Tanya.

“Everybody asks me if I’m really sad about that, and I’m not,” Hamilton says. “I get to go back to doing what I like.”

That’s making cookies instead of handling paperwork.

“I’m still going to be every bit as present as I’ve ever been.”

Except that won’t be in the Sweetbriar shopping center at 21st and Amidon.

The Smiths and Hamilton decided to move the shop to Reed’s Cove Plaza on East 21st Street just east of 127th Street where Knolla’s Pizza used to be.

“We have no visibility over here, and things have changed,” Hamilton says of the current location. “When we first moved in here, we didn’t need visibility.”

Though holiday sales still are strong, Hamilton says the rest of the year has become more of a challenge.

“Nowadays, everybody is opening a bakery,” she says. She says many bakers operate out of their homes.

“It has really, really eaten into our everyday sales,” she says. “We had to look at what’s wrong, and we decided what was wrong was where we were located.”

She and the Smiths initially only considered moving downtown or to Delano.

“We had every intention of staying central,” Hamilton says.

Then Craig Simon of Landmark Commercial Real Estate, who handled the deal for the Reed’s Cove space, suggested that center.

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