Pristine Paws to open March 1

Tiana Kuntz and her "old boy," Bubba.

Tiana Kuntz and her “old boy,” Bubba.

WICHITA — Tiana Kuntz has spent the past 16 years grooming dogs for other businesses, and now she’s going to open her own dog-grooming business.

“I’ve thought about it for the last two or three years,” Kuntz says. “It’s a skill set I have, and I enjoy doing it, so I may as well do it for myself.”

She’s going to open Pristine Paws in 1,100 square feet at 1900 W. 13th St., which is just east of McLean.

Kuntz also is employing groomers Jordan Walker, who has five years of experience, and Stacey Reeves, who has done it for six years.

Pristine Paws will be a full-service grooming business, though Kuntz says she won’t offer teeth cleaning.

The business will open March 1. Kuntz says she’s “pretty stoked.”

“It was just time for a change.”

Lowen Corp. acquires Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

WICHITA — Hutchinson-based Lowen Corp., which has an IT division in Wichita, is acquiring Iowa-based Image Transform Ltd.

Lowen is a 62-year-old graphics and sign company. Image Transform is a 39-year-old digital graphics and dye sublimation fabric printing company.

“It’s basically taking the best of both worlds and making both companies stronger,” says spokeswoman Jordan Walker.

She says the acquisition “is coming at a really good time.”

“We’re currently expanding in a lot of different product lines.”

Image Transform can print on fabric, which is something Lowen used to have to use an overseas company to do.

“Currently we have to go through a third party for that,” Walker says. “Now, those types of products are going to be made in the U.S.”

Consequently, she says, turnaround times will shorten.

The biggest change at Image Transform will be the name, Walker says. It will be known as Lowen Visual Imaging. Walker says there won’t be any change in staffing levels with the acquisition.

Read More »