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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Ziggy’s Pizza to open in former Bay Leaf Cafe space at Clifton Square

WICHITA — Brothers Ryan and Jamie Verbeckmoes are opening Ziggy’s Pizza in the former Bay Leaf Cafe space at Clifton Square.

“It’s a really cool little charming building,” Ryan Verbeckmoes says.

He’s most recently been managing a restaurant in Oklahoma City.

Jamie Verbeckmoes has been working with his father, Joe, at Benchmark Real Estate Group.

“I bring the restaurant knowledge, and he brings the business knowledge,” Ryan Verbeckmoes says.

“We’ve always dreamed about having our own restaurant together.”

Their mother, Becky, is their inspiration for the square-shaped pizza that will be their specialty.

“It’s kind of modeled after a pizza my mom used to make us in a square pan when we were little,” Ryan Verbeckmoes says.

There’s no Ziggy in the family.

“We just think it’s a fun name,” Verbeckmoes says.

The brothers also will serve appetizers, several signature sandwiches and have a full bar.

They plan to be a family-oriented restaurant, Verbeckmoes says.

“It’s also a great place to catch a game.”

He says Ziggy’s will open in December if all goes well with construction and licensing.

“It’s going to be fun.”

Chosen Wok to take former Starbucks space at Westlink Shopping Center

UPDATED — At long last, there is a new tenant for the former Starbucks space in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler.

Michelle Chin and William Tsao are opening Chosen Wok there in December.

“There is a drive-through, and it’s a pretty good location,” Chin says.

They plan to serve traditional Chinese cuisine.

Tsao has a Chosen Wok in Great Bend.

In addition to the drive-through, the restaurant will be able to seat about 40, with more seating on the patio.

It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Handling the deal were Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate Group, Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand &  Sons.

“We were a little bit limited on who we could bring into that building,” Verbeckmoes says.

Westlink already has restaurants, which have rights of refusal, serving Mexican food, pizza and hamburgers.

Verbeckmoes says Starbucks lasted in the space only six months because shortly after opening, the company announced a plan to shut 700 stores in 2008.

He says that location was just starting to break even.

“It was a corporate decision,” he says. “They just shut ’er down.”

Verbeckmoes says the building is first-class space, and Chosen Wok is an ideal addition.

“This is a great fit for Westlink and for the area.”

Urban Renewal Consignment to expand to Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — The almost year-old Urban Renewal Consignment has done so well in the short time it’s been open, owners Kathy and Joe Goodale are expanding to a bigger space.

The Goodales opened in 1,200 square feet at 13th and Maize Road in July.

They will close there around June 20 and reopen in the middle of July in 1,800 square feet at the Westlink Shopping Center near Central and Tyler.

“It’s a significant difference,” Kathy Goodale says of the increased space.

She says they’ll be able to accommodate more shoppers and be able to sell larger furniture items as well.

Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate Group handled the deal.

The Goodales are gutting the Westlink space to remodel it.

Goodale says she likes that Sweet Repeats, a woman’s clothing consignment shop, is at the center. She thinks the stores will offer one-stop shopping in the area since Sweet Repeats focuses on clothing and Urban Renewal has decor, furniture and jewelry.

Urban Renewal also is now open on Sundays, which may be convenient for members of the nearby GracePoint Church.

Goodale says she now has 350 consignors.

“It’s just not stopping,” she says. There’s “a lot coming in, a lot coming out.”

“It’s just been a beautiful thing to accommodate people. . . . We feel it’s a win-win situation.”

Equity Financial Center has a few new leases, including Rep. Mike Pompeo’s future office and new Key Management offices

WICHITA — There are a few new leases to report at Equity Financial Center at Kellogg and Rock.

There’s only about 3,000 square feet left to lease in the 100,000-square-foot building.

“That’ll put us at 97 percent occupied,” says Joe Verbeckmoes, who handles leasing for property owner Market Parking Inc.

The leases include:

– Rep. Mike Pompeo’s future office.

The Wichita Republican’s temporary office is in Rep. Todd Tiahrt’s former space at 155 N. Market. As an incoming freshman representative, it was a requirement for Pompeo to locate in that space on a transitional basis.

The new Pompeo office, which will open sometime in March, will be in almost 3,000 square feet.

“It’s a much more cost-effective space for us and the taxpayers,” says Rachel Taylor, director of communications.

Helping the selection, she says, is the building’s free parking and location at what she calls the crossroads of the Fourth Congressional District.

Key Management, which handles multifamily residential and some commercial management, also is moving into the building near the end of March or the first part of April.

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Special Products to move locations

WICHITA — For years, Rick Hoppe has been borrowing his neighbor’s parking lot for deliveries.

Hoppe owns Special Products, which sells medical equipment and supplies for children and young adults with disabilities.

His 4,000-square-foot site at 243 N. Mathewson has a small alley that his main supplier can’t navigate with its trucks.

That’s where his neighbor’s parking lot comes in.

“It’s just worked wonderfully all these years,” Hoppe says.

He’s been notified that the arrangement won’t work anymore, though, so Hoppe is moving to 4,600 square feet at 311 S. Laura.

Joe Verbeckmoes of Walter Morris & Son handled the lease.

Hoppe says the site is still close to major highways, so that’s good.

He’d prefer not to move from his home of more than eight years, but Hoppe says, “That’s OK. It’s about time for a change.”