Robert Eyster buys Stewart’s Jewelry building at 415 E. Douglas

WICHITA — Developer Robert Eyster has purchased another downtown property, but he and business partner Michael Ramsey don’t have big redevelopment plans for this one.

Eyster purchased the Stewart’s Jewelry building at 415 E. Douglas.

“We bought that building because it was the … remaining property that was in the Esther Moses portfolio,” Ramsey says.

Eyster already purchased the late Esther and Herbert Moses‘ former Zelman’s clothing store space at Douglas and St. Francis, which he and Ramsey redeveloped for residential and commercial use.

David Stewart’s jewelry store will remain where it is.

“I’ve been here 31 years,” Stewart says.

At one time, he’d hoped to buy the building.

“In their family, pretty much once you buy property, it stays in the family,” he says of how the Moses family operated.

The couple had planned for their son, David Moses, to use the 415 E. Douglas property for his law practice when he got out of school.

Instead, Moses, now with Case, Moses, Zimmerman & Martin, went to work for Vern Miller in the district attorney’s office.

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Zelman’s downtown building ready to lease

WICHITA — After not being home to much activity for the last several years, the Zelman’s building at the northeast corner of St. Francis and Douglas is ready for new tenants.

“If you take a look at the studies and downtown revitalizing, this is the prime location, and I think we owe it to the city and to the community to do something with the corner,” says David Moses, whose family has occupied the building since the 1920s and has owned it for decades.

Moses is a lawyer at Case Moses Zimmerman & Martin, but he says, “If I didn’t have my own professional career right now, it would be kind of neat to try and continue what my grandfather started back in the ’20s.

“It’d be neat to try to do a men’s clothing store down there again.”

Moses’ grandfather, Sam Zelman, immigrated here from Czechoslovakia in 1920 and started his Zelman’s clothing store in the ’20s with the intention of bringing his family here once he got established.

“By the time he was able to do that, Hitler was taking power,” Moses says.

“By the time my grandfather was able to make all the arrangements, it was too late.”

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