History Education Store to move to Reed’s Cove Plaza and change name to Bizzy Bee Education Supplies

WICHITA — The History Education Store is expanding with a new store and a new name.

Cheryl Riley’s store currently is in 1,200 square feet at 1719 N. Rock Road behind Havertys. It’s moving to 1,400 square feet with an option to expand next door for a total of 2,800 square feet at Reed’s Cove Plaza near 21st Street North and 127th Street East.

“Basically, it’s going to be a better location,” Riley says. “We’re going to be more visible.”

The store’s new name will be Bizzy Bee Education Supplies so it will be easier for potential customers to understand what the store is.

“People don’t know it’s supplies for parents and teachers,” Riley says. “It’s for anybody, really. Our customer base is really widespread. … It’ll be a better name to help identify ourselves.”

The History Education Store will be on the front of the store as well so current customers will know they can still get supplies there.

Riley formerly owned the Learning Tree in Andover, which closed in 2004. As she and her husband were cleaning out a shed several years ago, she found some replicas of documents, such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, that she used to sell at her store.

“Instead of throwing them away, we decided to go ahead … and put them on Amazon and see if they would actually sell. They started selling very well.”

That grew into a business, which Riley incorporated in 2010. She then opened a storefront in 2012.

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Chic Street Boutique to open at Mill Creek Village at Central and Rock

UPDATED — It’s almost two years later than the owners planned, but Chic Street Boutique is opening in Mill Creek Village at the northeast corner of Central and Rock on Tuesday.

“It’s a location that we looked at originally,” says co-owner Karrie Botts.

She and co-owner Lori Katz wanted the site before they opened in Valley Center 17 months ago, but another store beat them to it by a day.

They continued looking in Wichita but couldn’t find the right spot so decided on Valley Center instead.

“It’s my hometown, and the building that we’re in is family owned,” Botts says.

The space is only 600 square feet.

“It’s tiny,” Botts says.

The new space is almost 1,700 square feet. Botts says they like it because it’s centrally located and has great visibility.

“We just jumped on it.”

Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The store sells women’s apparel in sizes from extra small to 3X. Katz says she’s especially proud of carrying a variety of plus sizes that other stores often don’t.

The new location also will have some home decor items, which is new for the store.

Katz says it will continue to sell accessories as well.

“We can accessorize you from head to toe.”

Chez Belle salon to move to Mill Creek

WICHITA — Chez Belle, a salon that’s been near Central and Woodlawn for 11 years, is moving to the Mill Creek shopping center on the northeast corner of Central and Rock.

Owner Michaela Santiago says she’s ready to “grow the business and get a little bit more visibility from the street.”

Currently, she says, the salon is a little hard to see behind the Williams Ace Hardware store.

“We’ve hired some new stylists, and we’re going to start doing more … package spa-type items,” Santiago says. She says she wants to help the newer stylists build their clientele by being more visible. Chez Belle has 11 stylists.

Don Piros and Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Santiago says the salon offers a range of services but focuses mostly on hair and skin.

Chez Belle is in 1,800 square feet.

“We’re pretty spoiled right now,” Santiago says. “We’ve got a lot of space.”

The new space, which will open April 2, is 1,620 square feet. Santiago says the trade-off for more visibility will be worth it.

“We’re making every square inch count.”

Verde Sustainable Living to open at Mill Creek Village

WICHITA — New “green” products come on the market every day, and now two Wichita brothers are going to open a store to sell them exclusively.

Justin and Garrett Bjork are opening Verde Sustainable Living in Mill Creek Village near Central and Rock.

“We are going to be a green-living store,” Justin Bjork says. “So basically we’re going to carry all kinds of home furnishings, gifts, building supplies — pretty much anything you can use in your home that’s green or eco-friendly or sustainable.”

Garrett Bjork has been living in California for the last couple of years and working for a similar company.

“He’s kind of bringing his expertise here,” Justin Bjork says.

The 2,400-square-foot store will open June 18.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Ken Saville of Transamerican Management handled the deal.

Garrett Bjork says Verde will offer a range of organic cotton items, such as baby clothing and dish towels; items made from bamboo, such as dishware; recycled items, such as glassware; and nontoxic supplies, such as paint and cleaners.

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