East side to get another Sola Salon

WICHITA — Wichita’s third Sola Salon is going to open in early August in Preston Village, which is on Central just east of Greenwich.

“We think that’s a great opportunity for a location over there,” says co-owner Scott Vanderhoofven. “We pretty much stay full on our east-side location.”

The other east-side Sola is in Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock Road. There’s also one on the west side near 21st and Tyler.

The first east-side Sola has room for 28 booth rentals. The new one, which will be in 4,000 square feet, will have room for 18 booths, including single and double spaces.

Vanderhoofven says he may be looking to expand again, but it wouldn’t likely be with a second west-side Sola.

“We would probably look more in the downtown area.”

He says anyone in the cosmetology field, including hair stylists, aestheticians, nail techs, massage therapists and spray tanning businesses, can rent space.

Vanderhoofven says it makes it convenient for customers to get several services done at once, and it’s an opportunity for individuals to be in business with a little help.

“They’re in business for themselves but not by themselves, which is kind of cool.”

Better Buy Jewelry to open at Preston Village at Central and Greenwich

WICHITA — Also opening at Preston Village where BattleStations Gaming is locating is Better Buy Jewelry, which used to be in Towne East Square.

Juan Gonzales says he was forced to move because of Wright Career College’s expansion at the mall, but he doesn’t mind.

“We like the (new) area not only because I live nearby but also because we feel like it’s more secure,” he says. “It’s in a better, safer place.”

Also, Gonzales says, he doesn’t have much competition.

“There’s no jewelry stores on … this side of Kellogg and Rock Road.”

Like the BattleStations deal, Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled this one as well.

The new store, which will also repair jewelry and watches, opens Sept. 25 and will have a grand opening Sept. 29.

BattleStations Gaming to open at Preston Village near Central and Greenwich

WICHITA — A new gaming center is opening at Preston Village near the northeast corner of Central and Greenwich.

“We’re going to try to take the Starbucks experience meets the gaming industry,” says Steve Heiden, CEO of BattleStations Gaming.

The business will have Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and computer gaming along with some nonelectronic gaming, such as role-playing games.

“We want to create … the game center,” Heiden says. He wants gamers and nongamers alike to “feel warm and welcome here.”

He’ll have snacks and drinks available along with an 80-inch TV for those who might be there with others but don’t want to play. There also will be video games for sale along with PC accessories, T-shirts and miscellaneous gaming items.

Although many people have these games in their homes, Heiden says, “Maybe you don’t have a 3-D TV, or maybe you don’t have that 7.1 headset.”

He likes to use the coffee analogy to explain it.

“Well, honestly, you could make coffee at your house, or you could get it at work for free,” Heiden says. He points out that a lot of people go to Starbucks instead.

“You go there for an experience,” Heiden says. “That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal.

BattleStations Gaming, which will be in more than 2,400 square feet, is having a soft opening Saturday and a grand opening Sept. 7.

Tsu Basa and Emperor’s Japanese Grill to open on the east side

WICHITA — Fans of Japanese cuisine will soon have two new restaurants to choose from on the east side.

Tsu Basa is opening next month in the former Mr. Goodcents Subs & Pasta space at Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock.

The 1,700-square-foot restaurant will seat about 55 and be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Co-owner Hideo Hagen will offer traditional Japanese cuisine, including sushi, sashimi and Japanese-style noodles. There will be a full bar as well.

Emperor’s Japanese Grill, which has been on the west side for almost five years, is opening a new east-side grill Jan. 22.

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