Thick Girls to replace Not Just A Cop Shop

WICHITA — With the opening of Twizted Confections in Normandie Center in late 2012, Bruce Reesman switched his focus from his Not Just A Cop Shop to baking.

“He’s got his plate really full,” says his wife, Tina Sidelnik. “My husband’s having a great time. We’ve got a really fantastic crew there with lots of creative energy.”

So she’s preparing to do something new in the Not Just A Cop Shop space at 2817 E. Central, which is between Hillside and Grove.

“We are in the process of kind of transitioning our store,” Sidelnik says.

Not Just A Cop Shop is having a clearance sale and will close its doors most likely at the end of March after more than seven years in business.

“We’ve run our course for as far as we can run it,” Sidelnik says.

She says the store focused on the general public’s security needs along with smaller law enforcement departments and security firms. Sidelnik says she and her husband never went after bigger city and county contracts. She says they found that their sales to other customers were hurt by the Internet.

Now Sidelnik says she has plans for a new store that “is going to be something up my alley.”

“We are going to focus on individuals that do not get recognition in apparel,” she says. “We’re going to focus on thick women.”

Sidelnik is naming the shop Thick Girls.

“I don’t want to say plus-sized,” she says. “I don’t like that word. Plus-sized what?”

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“I’m probably the only armed baker in town.”

Bruce Reesman, who owns Smart Security and Investigations, Not Just A Cop Shop and Twizted Confections, a bakery that opened this week in Normandie Center

Twizted Confections to open in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn

WICHITA — It perhaps makes sense that Tina and Bruce Reesman own both Smart Security and Investigations and Not Just A Cop Shop. Their newest business, though, is going to be a deviation from the security world.

The Reesmans are opening Twizted Confections, a bakery, in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn next month.

“My husband actually has been baking for many years, and this is a passion of his,” Tina Reesman says.

The bakery will open in the approximately 3,500 square feet where Subway used to be.

Normandie also is where Sweetly Scrumptious is, but Reesman says she and her husband’s business will be slightly different.

They plan to sell pastries such as cookies, baklava, cannoli and what she calls “authentic East Coast” cheesecake and pies.

“I hate to say this, but you can taste the calories when you eat it,” Reesman says. “We don’t cut back on the butter. We don’t cut back on the sugar. What you’re eating is rich and decadent and melts in your mouth.”

Twizted Confections won’t have cupcakes or cakes.

“My husband is so incredibly talented … that when he makes cakes it’s a huge process,” Reesman says.

They’ll offer some sugar-free and gluten-free items along with some savory food, such as quiches for lunch and mini quiches for appetizers.

The bakery will have a soft opening on Election Day Nov. 6 with some donkey and elephant cookies. Anyone who shows an “I voted” sticker can have a free cookie.

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Smart Security and Investigations and Not Just A Cop Shop to move

UPDATED — Smart Security and Investigations and Not Just A Cop Shop are moving this weekend from 626 N. Broadway to 2819 E. Central, which is between Hillside and Grove.

The retail shop is “really the inspiration to move,” says Tina Sidelnik-Reesman, who owns the businesses with her husband, Bruce Reesman.

“It wasn’t a very good storefront,” Sidelnik-Reesman says of the Broadway space. “It just made it really tough for us to be able to sell things. It just wasn’t very consumer friendly.”

Smart Security and Investigations opened a decade ago. It’s a full service security company that offers security guards, private investigation and process serving.

A storefront wasn’t as important for that business as it is for Not Just A Cop Shop.

That’s a retail store that sells products such as Tasers, Mace, GPS tracking devices, alarm systems and Android pads.

It used to be called SSI Equipment and Supply.

“Nobody knew what that meant,” Sidelnik-Reesman says.

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