Auburn Spirits to expand at Auburn Pointe

WICHITA – Gary Oborny and Frank Sauerwein are expanding their Auburn Spirits liquor store in time for the busy holiday season.

The two opened the store in 2008 at Oborny’s Auburn Pointe shopping center at the southeast corner of 135th and Maple, which his Occidental Management manages.

Auburn Spirits currently is in 4,800 square feet and is adding an additional 1,600 square feet from where Java Salon used to be. The salon moved to Central and Maize earlier this year.

With the new space, Auburn Spirits will expand its selection of liquor, wine and beer.

“We’re really excited about having more craft beer options for customers,” says marketing manager Emilee Clark.

She says customers will now be able to assemble their own six packs.

“It’s the easy way to not commit to the entire six pack but just be able to try different things.”

Also, the extra square footage means the store will be able to double its storage space.

“Storage is huge in the liquor industry to be able to offer good deals,” Clark says.

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Java Salon to move to Central and Maize Road

WICHITA — There’s a new salon coming to the northwest corner of Central and Maize Road, but some people may mistake it for a coffee shop. It’s a little of that, too, actually.

Christy Crites is moving her Java Salon from near 135th and Maple to Central and Maize.

The 1,400-square-foot space will have a coffee bar and free Wi-Fi.

“We want to have, like, that coffeehouse feel,” Crites says. “All of the colors and the ideas just kind of spark around that.”

She says it’s something her customers like.

“It was all inspired by them.”

Crites says the new space also is “a little bit more centrally located for our guests.” She says she thinks traffic flow is better in that area, too.

Java is a Redken Fifth Avenue Salon that sells Redken and Pureology products.

Crites says there’s a noncompete where she is now due to another salon that has nail services, but that will change with her new location.

“We’ll be able to expand our services.”

That will include manicures and pedicures.

Kirk Short, a broker with Re/Max Realty Professionals, handled the deal.

Look for the new Java space to open by May 1.