Pink Saloon to move to Waterfront addition

UPDATED — After a period of some hard consideration, Brooke Hebert has decided to move her Pink Saloon from Douglas and Oliver to the new addition of the Waterfront at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb.

“It’s been really good where we’re at, so it wasn’t an easy decision,” she says.

Pink Saloon, a women’s clothing shop, had been in El Dorado for three years before moving to Wichita five years ago to the same center where Aspen Boutique is.

Hebert says her business has grown every year she’s been in Wichita, but she says the majority of her clients are in east Wichita.

“They come from all over,” Hebert says, but “the east side’s really strong for us.”

waterfrontThe new Whole Foods Market, which is set to open at the Waterfront on Sept. 10, is part of the lure.

“Whole Foods, obviously, is a great anchor,” Hebert says.

She says she also likes other tenants at the Waterfront, which includes a more developed addition on the northeast corner.

On the northwest corner, the 51,000-square-foot first phase is nearing completion.

In the Bag Cleaners last week announced it will have a store there, and Equity Bank also will be to the north of the building that will be home to the cleaners, Pink Saloon and Whole Foods. There are spaces for several other tenants as well, and there’s another 14,000-square-foot building coming with the second phase of development. It will be between the bank and the first retail center. There also will be a smaller building in front of the second center with up to 4,000 square feet.

“We are getting ready to start Phase 2,” says the Waterfront’s Stephen Clark II.

He says Pink Saloon will make a great addition.

“You’re starting to see now how visible this center is, and I think that location will make a big difference for her,” Clark says.

Hebert says her store will have a new look.

“It’s going to be completely different, actually, as far as the aesthetic,” she says.

“The space is going to be really cool,” Clark says.

Hebert won’t share details yet, though.

“It’s going to be a surprise.”

She says the new store will be ready sometime in the fourth quarter.

At 1,800 square feet, Hebert says, her store will be smaller than her current 2,800 square feet, but “it’s not going to change our product mix.” She says she may even expand some lines.

Hebert says she’s excited about the move.

“Anytime you change and evolve, it’s just really exciting.”

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate and Carl Hebert of InSite Real Estate Group handled the deal.

Carl Hebert is Brooke Hebert’s brother-in-law. This was the first time the two worked together.

“He really helped me through this process,” Brooke Hebert says. “It was really fun to work with him.”

Law Kingdon Architecture designed the center, and the Law Co. is the contractor.

“We’re about where we’d thought we would be,” Clark says of the center’s progress. “Things are going well.”

He says there should be more news soon.

“We’ve got some great tenants that have signed up and that we’re talking to.”

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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