You don’t say: Our favorites from 2013

Some were newsy, some were shocking, but most were simply fun or funny. Here are some of our favorite “You don’t say” quotes from 2013.

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“I said, ‘You must know a lot of angry people.’ (They) said, ‘I work at Spirit.’”

Best of Times owner Nancy Robinson on a person who bought 10 Dammit Dolls, the soft dolls angry people can safely slam on any surface to blow off steam on bad days

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“My first place that I am not going to get married at is the Grand Chapel.”

– Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton, whose upcoming marriage to Stacy Luke won’t take place at the facility he sued over his daughter’s wedding

“That’s correct, he’s not.”

– Grand Chapel owner Dennis Wilkie, who says Skelton is “a troublemaker, and I just don’t want to deal with troublemakers.”

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“Women pilots don’t land at the wrong airport. We ask for directions!”

– A tweet from Seattle-based pilot Karlene Petitt (‏@KarlenePetitt) about the Dreamlifter incident at Colonel James Jabara Airport

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“Be aware, Boeing, ‘this route has tolls.’ Bring some change.”

– An NPR story that acknowledged a stranded Dreamlifter likely couldn’t be towed from Colonel James Jabara Airport to McConnell Air Force Base but offered a Google map and driving directions anyway

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“I thought I’d get in line right behind him.”

– Outgoing Chamber chairwoman Debbie Gann, who “about choked” at the group’s annual dinner Tuesday when possible mayoral candidate Jeff Turner suggested she would make a great mayor

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“I’m going to drop off a baked bean can and a string tomorrow … so we can chat later in the day.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers co-owner Scott Redler teasing City Council member Pete Meitzner about his antiquated BlackBerry

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“With all the crying and whining in Washington, I’m feeling ready to be a new father come November.”

– Expectant father U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder speaking Friday at the 2013 Congressional Summit at the Hotel at Old Town

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“We know you’re a Democrat.”

– Park City administrator Jack Whitson, teasing the city’s chamber president, registered Republican Dean Frankenbery, about a misprint that said Rep. Mike Pompom, not Pompeo, would be the group’s next speaker

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“I know you are all wondering if that beautiful new red car parked over there is a door prize. It’s not. It’s the speaker’s gift.”

Delta Dental of Kansas vice president of human resources Kara Hunt, speaking at the Chamber’s Sunrise Scrambler about a car that Davis-Moore had at the event

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“I thought that Davis-Moore . . . has been hurting so bad that they needed a sale, so I thought I’d help them out.”

– Car dealer Brandon Steven, joking about why he bought a Viper at his competitor’s dealership

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“I think it’s awesome that he bought himself a nice car.”

– Davis-Moore’s Dawson Grimsley, retorting with a teasing implication that Steven couldn’t find a nice car at his own lot

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“The @WichitaOrpheum could use a little Jesus after @RealTracyMorgan’s performance there. #itwaspurefilth”

— A tweet from comedian Ron Shively, aka @FunnyMrBiggs, after hearing City Life Church is going to rent the Orpheum Theatre every Sunday morning for services

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“Puppies and people all over town are sad today.”

—Accountant David Jabara on the death of Doggy Day Care owner Marilyn Walk

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Kay & Bee Studios to open photography business in Old Town

WICHITA — Candid outdoor shots have long been the the pictures that photographers Ashley Burbank and Ashley Knolla prefer, but now they’re taking their business inside for some shots with a new Old Town studio.

The two, who have worked on their own for the past five years with Knolla’s Stellar Photography and Burbank’s Jean Snaps photography business, have formed Kay & Bee Studios. They’re moving into part of the loft space at 914 E. Douglas, which is where New Earth Journey also is opening a few doors east of Larkspur.

“We can definitely grow into it as we get more into indoor studio work,” Knolla says of the 550-square-foot space.

“We love the wood floors and the brick,” she says. “It looks all original, and it’s really rustic in there. It has a lot of character.”

Knolla says there’s also a lot of light from the space’s large windows.

The company will offer wedding and lifestyle photography, which Burbank describes as their take on more traditional portrait photography.

“We like to capture them in their element,” she says of clients.

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New Earth Journey to locate in Old Town

UPDATED — Candace Craw-Goldman had what she calls “a profound spiritual experience” six years ago that led to her starting New Earth Journey to help others. Now, she’s going to be doing that from a new office a few doors east of Larkspur in Old Town.

“In a general sense, I’m a metaphysical consultant,” Craw-Goldman says. “I help people understand how their consciousness affects every aspect of their life, including health, relationships, work – all of that.”

She follows the teachings of Arkansas-based Dolores Cannon, who is well known in the hypnotherapy world.

Craw-Goldman says she had a session with Cannon and took a class from her, and they immediately changed her life.

“I began practicing the method that she teaches almost immediately and put everything else in my world aside,” she says.

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Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes & Pastries to leave the west side for Old Town

WICHITA — There’s blissful news for denizens of Old Town.

Angie and Johnny Vasquez are moving their Bliss-fullness Custom Cakes & Pastries from Tyler Plaza near Central and Tyler, where it opened last summer, to Old Town.

The shop will locate between Larkspur and Wasabi.

“We were eating lunch at Wasabi one day, and my husband was like, ‘Let’s go take a walk,’” Angie Vasquez says.

They saw that a space next door along with a loft above it were available.

“Basically, that was the selling point for us,” Angie Vasquez says. “We can have a business and a family all at one place.”

The couple has two toddlers and a 19-year-old, Johnny Jalali.

“My 19-year-old is kind of like a baking prodigy,” Angie Vasquez says.

Bliss-fullness has cupcakes, cakes and pastries, such as croissants, which are made fresh daily.

“We are definitely going to go up on the pastries,” Angie Vasquez says.

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You don’t say

“He can adopt me if he wants to.”

Larkspur and YaYa’s owner Ty Issa on wealthy California Congressman Darrell Issa, who some say he looks like but is no relation

Issa brothers opening Emporia IHOP

WICHITA — A year and a half after buying their first IHOP, the Issa brothers are ready to open their second one, this time in Emporia.

“We had an opportunity, and we took it,” says Ali, who is partners in the business with his brothers Ty and Mike.

They also own Larkspur, Ya Ya’s Eurobistro, Hereford House and Heat Cigar & Hookah Lounge.

Their existing IHOP is at 515 S. Ridge Circle in west Wichita.

Their Emporia IHOP, which will open either Oct. 8 or 9, will be in the former Village Inn space at 2831 W. 18th Ave.

“We didn’t have a plan for Emporia,” Ali Issa says of locating there. “It just came up. … It was a good deal.”

He’s not sure where — or even if — they’ll open another IHOP.

“It’s hard to predict.”

Issa says he’ll spend the next month or two focusing on Emporia, although he says he’ll still continue to pop into Heat, which he also runs.

“Heat’s is doing very well,” he says.

Along with a loyal clientele, Issa says he has good employees to help him.

“We have some very good people (at) both places.”

Corporate Caterers of Wichita to do catering at Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town

WICHITA — Ben Arnold and his Corporate Caterers of Wichita have taken over catering at the Courtyard by Marriott in Old Town.

Larkspur previously handled it.

This makes Arnold’s sixth either exclusive or preferred catering deal at area hotels and McConnell Air Force Base.

“It’s very similar to what we’re doing at the Drury,” Arnold says.

There isn’t a restaurant, though, like the struggling AVI Seabar & Chophouse at the Drury.

“Oh, no, no,” Arnold says. The Marriott deal is strictly for catering. Or, as Arnold puts it, “The money side of it.”

Ladies Golf Place relocates downtown

WICHITA — After having what she calls a test location on the east side for a year, Mona Thomason is moving her Ladies Golf Place downtown near Douglas and Washington.

The shop will have its grand opening at 924 E. Douglas, which is just down from Larkspur, on Sunday.

Thomason’s shop previously was in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

“I had a lot of ladies on the west side who drove there,” Thomason says.

She wanted a more centralized location so shoppers from the east and west sides could easily drive to it.

Also, Thomason says, downtown is appealing because it has a lot of traffic and tourists.

The shop sells apparel such as shoes, hats, visors and gloves.

Thomason also has merchandise in several pro shops, including Willowbend Golf Club, Crestview Country Club, Flint Hills National Golf Club, Sim Golf Course and MacDonald Golf Course.

Larkspur owner Ty Issa becomes a partner in Ya Ya’s Eurobistro at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Larkspur owner Ty Issa has acquired an interest in Ya Ya’s Eurobistro at Bradley Fair.

“We’ve been talking about this for years,” Issa says. “We’re fortunate to come on board.”

Earlier this month, Paul Khoury of Kansas City’s PB&J Restaurants, which owns the Ya Ya’s chain, told Have You Heard? the restaurant wasn’t selling. It looks like negotiations have been on and off.

Issa says they’re still working out some operational details.

“We’re going to be sharing a lot of ideas for improvement, that’s all,” he says.

“I have some ideas, they have some ideas. So you know, that’s all what it is.”

Khoury’s son, Patrick, will be helping run Ya Ya’s. Issa won’t have a huge presence there.

“Here’s been my concern,” Issa says. “I don’t want to confuse people.”

Issa says he’ll still be a daily presence at Larkspur in Old Town.

“Nothing’s going to change. It’s just a great merger with them.”

 

 

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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