MOXI Junction coffeehouse to open in Maize

WICHITA — About a dozen years ago, three Maize-area mothers with special needs kids started getting together to “laugh about and cry about” their problems, says Joanna Kilgore – one of those moms.

She says they got “used to having awesome support and awesome jobs” for their kids through the Maize school district.

Now that their children are grown, though, they’re having a harder time finding work. So the moms, Scarlett Tully and Pat Leon, along with a fourth friend, Kate Scheer, are opening a coffeehouse as a place for their kids to work.

“We started off thinking we were just going to have a simple coffee shop,” Kilgore says.

The concept has grown to include a bakery and an art gallery at the northwest corner of Park and Central in Maize.

LewJene Schneider of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Each mother is bringing a different talent to the business, which they’re calling MOXI Junction. MOXI stands for Mothers of Exceptional Individuals.

“It was a coming together of ideas and hopes and dreams, so that’s how we got ‘Junction,’” Kilgore says.

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Beards Floral Design to move to more visible space near Central and Edgemoor

WICHITA — Four-year-old Beards Floral Design is moving to a new, higher-profile location.

The shop currently is in almost 3,000 square feet near Seneca and Second Street in Delano.

The new space has about 1,000 square feet, plus another 500 square feet for storage, just west of Central and Edgemoor.

“We’ll have so much better visibility out there,” owner Matthew Dover says.

He says his real estate agent, Duane Wehling with J.P. Weigand & Sons, told him 30,000 cars a day pass his new address.

Though his new store will be half the size of his existing one, Dover says he found he didn’t use all of his space in Delano.

“I feel like I operate in less than 1,000,” he says. “It was a lot of space for a good rate. It’s been awesome.”

At the new store, Dover is going to do a few new things.

“We’re going to be offering classes,” he says. They’ll teach how customers can do their own arrangements.

There also will be more flowers by the stem and bunch at wholesale prices and assistance with do-it-yourself weddings.

Dover says he’ll be open by Nov. 1 at the new space and most likely operating there by the end of October.

Great Clips to open at Tallgrass Plaza

WICHITA — Great Clips franchisee Lisa Schneider is getting ready to open another salon.

She’s taking a former salon space at Tallgrass Plaza at the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road. The salon will be between Great Wall and Boba Zone.

“This is actually my fourth salon, but my third in Wichita,” Schneider says.

She’s one of a few Great Clips franchisees here.

Schneider says the salon is a select service salon, meaning it offers haircuts, styles and perms but no color service. She says that’s because Great Clips wants to be able to guarantee its services, and it’s hard to guarantee color.

Great Clips officially will open on Oct. 26, but Schneider says she’ll probably have a soft opening a couple of days before that.

The salon will be in 1,400 square feet. Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Schneider already is thinking of future salons.

“I really don’t have plans to stop,” she says.

She’s interested in quantity, but only if the salons are quality as well.

“As long as I can continue to open them and maintain that for customers,” she says. “If the quality isn’t there, it’s time to stop.”

Train Insane CrossFit to open downtown

WICHITA – Cole Warner and Breanna Long hope to take advantage of the fitness craze CrossFit and otherwise with their new Train Insane CrossFit gym.

The two, who used to work for another Wichita fitness business, will open theirs in 7,000 square feet at 235 N. Emporia.

Warner says he was helping his previous employer find space for another gym when he found this downtown space. He says his employer decided not to use it, and he and Long decided they wanted it.

“I like the open view,” Warner says. He says his building isn’t surrounded by others.

“People can see us driving by very easily.”

Warner is a former Friends University football player, and he now is a linebacker coach there.

Long is a former Valley Center cheerleader. She says she was going to go on to cheer at Wichita State University but was injured.

Then she got in on the fitness training craze and lost 30 pounds.

Train Insane CrossFit will have CrossFit classes and some boot camp-style training. Warner says it will be intense but “not so intense to scare people away.”

Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the space.

Train Insane will offer free one-week trials when it opens, which should be in early October.

Pizza Hut to open at Brush Creek

WICHITA — A new Pizza Hut is coming to the Brush Creek shopping center near 37th and Woodlawn.

It will “fill a hole,” says Kym Money, director of marketing for Pizza Hut of Southeast Kansas, which is owned by Fugate Enterprises.

“We’re always trying to improve our delivery times,” Money says. The goal is “fast, accurate and warm,” she says.

This makes Fugate’s 34th Pizza Hut in the greater Wichita area.

The restaurant will have the chain’s full line of Wing Street products.

Leisa Lowry and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Lowry says the center is doing well.

“We’re getting a lot of activity,” she says.

CiCi’s Pizza left Brush Creek in late May, and Lowry says there’s been quite a bit of interest in that space.

She says Inside Out Fitness, which opened there about a year ago, is doing well.

“Inside Out Fitness is doing fabulously well.”

Derby’s Bristol Square shopping center growing under new owners

UPDATED — The new Sedgwick County drivers license bureau that’s opening in Derby this fall isn’t all that’s happening at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

“It’s going to be a fabulous center for Derby,” says Leisa Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons.

“It’s under new ownership,” she says. “That is the reason they’re getting things done. The new owners are aggressive deal makers, and they’re turning the center around.”

Lowry says Bristol Square’s previous owners didn’t invest in the center to “keep it running right and looking right.”

“These new owners will do everything right.”

They’re a mix of local and out-of-state investors who prefer not to be named.

The Dollar Tree has renewed its lease at Bristol Square and expanded to 10,000 square feet.

“They’ve doubled their space now,” says Lowry, who handled the deal.

Sunshine Nail Salon has also more than doubled its size from 1,200 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

The UPS Store has renewed its lease for another five years as well. New tenant Precious Debut 4D Ultrasound opened at the center this spring.

Weigand’s Cristi Howell, who did the Precious Debut deal, and Bradley Tidemann are handling leasing for Bristol Square.

“I do think the fact that it has local ownership now is a real positive for the center,” Howell says.

She says it’s more than just the financial investment.

“Just being local, they’re more in tune with the community and responsive to tenants.”

 

Cato apparel and accessory shop to open in Wichita and have as many as three stores

WICHITA — Cato, an apparel and accessory shop for women and girls, is coming to Wichita with what looks like will be three stores.

So far, the North Carolina-based chain is confirming only one Cato, which is going in the former Senor Tequila space at Pawnee and Broadway.

There currently are Catos in Derby, Newton and El Dorado.

The Pawnee and Broadway Cato, which will open in November, will be Wichita’s first. Leisa Lowry and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Cato Corp. also owns Versona Accessories, which opened in this spring at Bradley Fair.

Second Sedgwick County drivers license bureau to open in Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — The state has decided on a second drivers license bureau for Sedgwick County. As many had hoped, it will be in Derby.

“It is the first time that Sedgwick County will have had more than one drivers licensing bureau … in a decade,” says spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.

The bureau will be in 4,500 square feet at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

The last time the county had a second bureau, it was in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver. Koranda says she’s not sure why that one closed.

“I can’t speak to that because it was a prior administration,” she says. “Since then, there’s only been one.”

Koranda says the new bureau will open this fall to accommodate a growing population, particularly in that area.

The state is adding staff for that office and for the bureau in Andover, which Koranda says is another growing area.

The new Derby bureau will be similar to the existing one at the Twin Lakes shopping center and handle new licenses and renewals, driver testing and concealed-carry licenses.

Bradley Tidemann with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Bristol Square space.

Fielder’s Choice, a baseball practice facility, to open near Kellogg and Edgemoor

WICHITA — Some people struggle with picking a major in college, but Tommy Bryant was already planning his first business while on the baseball field in school.

He’s opening Fielder’s Choice, a baseball practice and instructional facility, at 506 S. Edgemoor near Kellogg and Edgemoor. It’s similar to one he attended during school in the Kansas City area.

“I’ve been planning this since college,” Bryant says. “It just now fell into place.”

Bryant mainly was a catcher at the University of Central Missouri, including in 2003 when the school won the Division II championship, and at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He then played most of five seasons in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball.

Most recently, Bryant has been the dining room manager at the Wichita Country Club. He says his plan was to work in the business world for a while before starting his own business.

He says Fielder’s Choice is for anyone from children to adults, but instruction will be geared to ages 8 to 18.

There will be a pitching simulator, which Bryant says “is basically a really fancy batting cage.” He says it’s a good tool and “also a lot of fun.”

There will be clay mounds for indoor pitching practice.

Bryant says the facility’s 10,700 square feet will be ideal for consistent instruction and practice during winter months or when players can’t be outdoors.

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J.P. Weigand & Sons to close rental division

WICHITA — A year ago, J.P. Weigand & Sons created Weigand Residential Rentals & Management to capitalize on a rapidly growing rental market, but now the division is folding.

“It was just a financial decision,” says Weigand CFO Peggy Ward.

Does that mean it wasn’t performing as well as hoped financially?

“Since it’s a financial decision, that would insinuate it was a profitability issue,” Ward says.

Last summer, Weigand officials said the success that other real estate companies had with similar divisions prompted them to start one, particularly to counter an environment of sluggish home sales.

Ward is hesitant to say much more now.

“We’re kind of limited on what we can say at this point.”

The division will close as of Sept. 10.

Ward says she can’t yet say what will happen with current Weigand rentals.

“At that time, we’ll have another solution that we can announce.”