Uncommon Market to open in Lincoln Heights Village on March 1

UPDATED — Renee Rhodes and Jodie Hinds have been selling new and vintage home decor at various shows in Kansas and Oklahoma for more than a year with an intent to one day open a permanent shop. They’ve wanted to be in Lincoln Heights Village at Douglas and Oliver, and a space finally opened.

“That was kind of my indication it was time to open a store,” Rhodes says. “When we saw the sign, we said, ‘Well, this is it,’ and jumped in.”

Uncommon Market will open March 1 in the former Angela Snow Photography space. Snow moved her business to the former Artifacts space at the center.

Rhodes says the Uncommon name “says a lot about the things that we carry.”

“It’s just kind of an uncommon mix of things,” she says. “All of those things that kind of make you feel good.”

That includes pillows, frames, furniture and bath and body products. The store also will accept some furniture consignment pieces, and Rhodes will sell some repurposed pieces of her own.

“It’s not major overhaul but just kind of a facelift,” she says of what she does.

This is in addition to her full-time job as a risk control specialist with IMA. Hinds also has a full-time job with Hawker Beechcraft.

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International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association chooses Kansas City firm over IMA for insurance coverage

WICHITA — Wichita has lost another piece of Pizza Hut business.

The International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association is ending its 18-year relationship with IMA.

The association isn’t commenting, but sources say the group recently notified IMA that it isn’t renewing its contract after it’s up in early July.

Lockton, a Kansas City, Mo.-based global insurance group, won the new contract for property and casualty insurance.

Representatives of Lockton and IMA declined to discuss the contract.

“We just don’t comment about client relationships,” says Kurt Watson, IMA president and chief operating officer.

Not all members of the International Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association participate in the insurance program, though it’s available to any member who wants it.

The new contract, which was the result of a competitive proposal process, reportedly is a one-year deal that likely will be renewed.