PyT Portraits to open near Harry and Oliver and share March 2 grand opening with Image Source Barbershop

WICHITA — When the portrait studio within Babies R Us closed last summer, Phylisha Guiden and Tierra Gilbert took it as a sign.

They’d been the district manager and manager of the studio, and they decided it was time to open their own place.

PyT Portraits opens March 2 near the southeast corner of Harry and Oliver.

“We both decided it was time for us to do something on our own,” Guiden says. “We saw the opportunities. We thought, shoot, we can do that.”

They named the business after themselves — P for Phylisha and T for Tierra — but Guiden says, “A lot of people think ‘Pretty Young Thing’ by Michael Jackson.”

That’s not the meaning, but she says she’ll take it.

The two will offer family portraits, boudoir pictures and off-site photography, such as for weddings.

“We’re still setting up the studio,” Guiden says of their almost 1,000-square-foot space.

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Suzuki of Wichita sells couple two cars and throws in a wedding, too

Randolph and Ruth Warren (from left) and newlyweds Shane and Jada Starlin.

WICHITA — Medical assistant Jada Miller and machinist Shane Starlin got a lot more than they bargained for when they bought a car and truck from Suzuki of Wichita at the end of January.

That’s when they met salesman Randolph Warren, who noted that they were buying cars together but had different last names and didn’t appear to be married.

“Well, because he won’t ask me,” is how Warren reports Miller responded.

“And she hits him upside the head,” Warren says. “I said, ‘Man, there’s no time like the present.’ So he started doing the Michael Jackson backup boogie. He said, ‘Well, I don’t know a preacher,’ and I said, ‘Well, I’m one.’ He said, ‘Well, we don’t have a church.’

“Why don’t you do it here?” Warren asked.

They didn’t immediately take him up on it, but when they returned to have a tire replaced, Warren brought it up again.

“We didn’t think he was serious,” Miller says.

He was, though, so on Saturday, the couple married at the Suzuki dealership at 11610 E. Kellogg.

“We stop everything for love,” Warren says.

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