Skin Essentials moving from Happiness Plaza to Douglas and Oliver

WICHITA — Pam Spillman-Edmondson is trading Happiness for more space.

She’s moving her Skin Essentials shop from Happiness Plaza at 3555 E. Douglas to the center at the northwest corner of Douglas and Oliver. The new space, which will be next to Aspen Boutique, will open in early January.

Skin Essentials, which opened in 2007, has been in Happiness Plaza for three years.

“We like it here a lot, but we just have run out of room,” Spillman-Edmondson says.

Currently, she has less than 700 square feet. The new space, which will be in the former Beau Monde beauty bar location, is 1,300 square feet.

With the new room, Spillman-Edmondson says she plans to add four more estheticians for a total of eight. She says she’ll also add more natural and organic skincare lines and cosmetics on the retail side.

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Beau Monde to open makeup bar at Douglas and Oliver

WICHITA — Years ago, Michele Wheeler’s dream was to open a small makeup and skin-care store.

Instead, the former Blockbuster Video executive bought the much larger Beau Monde Spa and Boutique (with a popular makeup bar) at Comotara Center, remodeled and expanded it, and then opened a second location at NewMarket Square.

Now, she’s getting back to her first idea with a 1,300-square-foot makeup and skin-care boutique in the former Myoptix space at Douglas and Oliver.

Wheeler hasn’t settled on a name yet, but it will include the words Beau Monde.

“It’s the try-before-you-buy concept,” Wheeler says of the products she’ll offer.

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Mike’s Wine Dive to open in former Caffe Posto space

WICHITA — Coffee and sandwich sales weren’t enough to keep Caffe Posto open near Douglas and Oliver, but new owners are hoping wine and food will be a hit.

Jimmy’s Egg franchisee Whitney VinZant and some undisclosed partners plan to open Mike’s Wine Dive in the former Posto space by March 1.

They’re also taking the Hair Connection space next door for a total of 2,650 square feet.

That business, which is still open, lost its lease after 24 years.

“I’m really sad to see Hair Connection go,” says James Smits, who owns Aspen Boutique and bought the center three years ago with his wife, Monica.

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