Rebecca’s owner has shot at being Project Runway contestant

WICHITA — Most people who have “Project Runway” parties simply are watching the popular Lifetime show with friends.

That’s not why Rebecca Simpson is throwing one during Final Friday.

The casting director of the program, which is a reality show that pits designers against each other, has invited Simpson to try out for the next season. Part of her audition includes making a short video, which she’ll do at Rebecca’s, her Old Town Square shop next to Caffe Moderne.

“It’s going to be packed in here,” Simpson says.

She also has to fill out a 25-page application and may be called for an interview.

“He already asked me where I wanted to interview at,” Simpson says.

The casting director found her through a mutual friend.

“I still haven’t seen a whole episode through,” Simpson says.

She plans to study, though.

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Reb Boutique leaving Old Town Square for the east side

WICHITA — Reb Boutique’s first grand opening was April 23 in Old Town Square.

Now, owners Glenda Sue and AJ Morris are preparing for their second grand opening — this time in a new location.

“We decided to get a larger space with more visibility,” Glenda Sue Morris says.

They’re moving the shop, which sells fabrics, clothing and furniture, to the former Tux Shop space in front of Scotch & Sirloin on East Kellogg.

“I did my pros and cons list,” Glenda Sue Morris says. “It was a hard decision.”

She says parking isn’t ideal in Old Town when the weather isn’t nice.

“I’m just fortunate enough to have some good word of mouth,” she says. “But you know what? I’m not going to make it in the winter. I know that. I can feel it in my gut.”

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Reb Boutique split leads to two new Old Town Square stores

WICHITA — Reb Boutique never made its planned February debut to sell textiles, clothing and furniture in Old Town Square.

Now, the collapse of a business partnership there is leading to two new businesses opening two doors down from each other.

Rebecca Simpson had planned to open Reb in the former Beadazzled space to the east of Caffe Moderne.

Glenda Sue Morris and her husband, AJ, were the money behind the business.

“The one thing that I told them is I want complete creative rights, period, and they just didn’t abide by that,” Simpson says.

“Sometimes if people have more money than you do, they feel like they have a right . . . to just take over. That’s what I did not want to happen, but it did. It just wasn’t theirs to do.”

Glenda Sue Morris says that’s a “very distorted” view of what happened.

“We backed her totally for four months,” Morris says. “We had left her completely alone.”

Morris says Simpson had been in the space since the fall but was nowhere near ready to open in February.

“We did not have any, any say in what she did until the first of February when we saw that she was sitting and doing nothing,” Morris says.

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