Cathy Lauer’s CR Designs joins REB Boutique in time for its second anniversary

WICHITA — REB Boutique is celebrating the second anniversary of its location at 5333 E. Kellogg with an open house Friday, which also is when interior designer Cathy Lauer is having the grand opening of her new space there.

Lauer, who has been in the business for 17 years, has CR Designs. Her business has been in west-side space that has a lot of stairs, which she says isn’t ideal.

“This is more centrally located, and there’s no stairs,” Lauer says of the REB space. “It’s a great fit.”

In addition to having a sample room for fabric, trim and hardware, Lauer says she’ll also have inventory such as chairs, tables and rugs so customers can see the quality of the pieces she can bring to their homes or offices.

Cindy Kemp’s C K Salon also is still at REB, as is Cathy Stevens’ Timeless New art business. Stevens also does nails there.

REB owner Glenda Sue Morris says her event room at the boutique also is taking off.

“I just booked my first wedding,” she says. “I’m so excited.”

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CK Salon opens within Reb Boutique

WICHITA — Glenda Sue Morris is expanding her REB Boutique by partnering with CK Salon owner Cindy Kemp to bring hair, nail and massage services there.

Kemp is the longtime former owner of the Shear Mania salon in Derby.

The businesses will remain separate but in the same building, which is in the former Tux Shop space in front of Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

REB Boutique, which sells furniture, clothing and accessories, has been there for seven months since leaving Old Town Square.

Morris says some people still don’t know she moved. She’s ordered a large LED sign, which will soon be installed.

Kemp is using the former Tux Shop dressing rooms to offer services. She and Morris think their businesses can work well together and plan to offer packages where customers can shop and receive services.

“What fun a woman can have,” Morris says. “We’ll make it real special.”

She calls them “play days.”

A basic package for $99 includes hair styling, nail services, massage and personalized shopping in half-hour increments.

A deluxe package is $199 for one-hour increments and includes a gift.

Limo service also will be available along with catering for groups or parties who want the packages.

Cathy Stevens, who used to own Nail Fa-nail-ia is the nail technician.

Morris says they’re still looking for an experienced massage therapist.

“This is people helping people is what it really is,” she says.

“That was our whole goal coming together,” Kemp says. “The whole thing is just an experience.”

Being in the East Kellogg space has been an experience for Morris, too.

She says a lot of customers remember it from when it was the popular Cowboy Club.

Morris says customers come in and say things such as, “You don’t know how many weekends I’ve been in this place and gotten smashed.”

She finds the situation humorous.

“It’s funny how things evolve.”

Reb Boutique leaving Old Town Square for the east side

WICHITA — Reb Boutique’s first grand opening was April 23 in Old Town Square.

Now, owners Glenda Sue and AJ Morris are preparing for their second grand opening — this time in a new location.

“We decided to get a larger space with more visibility,” Glenda Sue Morris says.

They’re moving the shop, which sells fabrics, clothing and furniture, to the former Tux Shop space in front of Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

“I did my pros and cons list,” Glenda Sue Morris says. “It was a hard decision.”

She says parking isn’t ideal in Old Town when the weather isn’t nice.

“I’m just fortunate enough to have some good word of mouth,” she says. “But you know what? I’m not going to make it in the winter. I know that. I can feel it in my gut.”

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Reb Boutique split leads to two new Old Town Square stores

WICHITA — Reb Boutique never made its planned February debut to sell textiles, clothing and furniture in Old Town Square.

Now, the collapse of a business partnership there is leading to two new businesses opening two doors down from each other.

Rebecca Simpson had planned to open Reb in the former Beadazzled space to the east of Caffe Moderne.

Glenda Sue Morris and her husband, AJ, were the money behind the business.

“The one thing that I told them is I want complete creative rights, period, and they just didn’t abide by that,” Simpson says.

“Sometimes if people have more money than you do, they feel like they have a right . . . to just take over. That’s what I did not want to happen, but it did. It just wasn’t theirs to do.”

Glenda Sue Morris says that’s a “very distorted” view of what happened.

“We backed her totally for four months,” Morris says. “We had left her completely alone.”

Morris says Simpson had been in the space since the fall but was nowhere near ready to open in February.

“We did not have any, any say in what she did until the first of February when we saw that she was sitting and doing nothing,” Morris says.

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