Travel Junkie opens west-side office

WICHITA — The Travel Junkie now has east and west side offices.

Jay and Becca Dill started the company five years ago. In October, they hired Lori Stone as a travel specialist, which helped with their expanding business but caused a very crowded office.

They had space in Office Park Plaza at 4601 E. Douglas near Douglas and Oliver, but there wasn’t room to expand there. They’re still using the shared office space that Office Park Plaza offers to meet with east-side clients.

“They call it a virtual office space,” Stone says.

Now, they also have space in the Re/Max Realty Professionals building at 10100 W. Maple near Maple and Maize Road.

“We just got everything functioning,” Stone says of the new space.

“It will allow us to … visit clients at both locations,” Stone says of serving the east and west sides.

The Travel Junkie specializes in destination weddings and honeymoons, but Stone says it’s a full-service agency.

“We’ll do anything.”

Java Salon to move to Central and Maize Road

WICHITA — There’s a new salon coming to the northwest corner of Central and Maize Road, but some people may mistake it for a coffee shop. It’s a little of that, too, actually.

Christy Crites is moving her Java Salon from near 135th and Maple to Central and Maize.

The 1,400-square-foot space will have a coffee bar and free Wi-Fi.

“We want to have, like, that coffeehouse feel,” Crites says. “All of the colors and the ideas just kind of spark around that.”

She says it’s something her customers like.

“It was all inspired by them.”

Crites says the new space also is “a little bit more centrally located for our guests.” She says she thinks traffic flow is better in that area, too.

Java is a Redken Fifth Avenue Salon that sells Redken and Pureology products.

Crites says there’s a noncompete where she is now due to another salon that has nail services, but that will change with her new location.

“We’ll be able to expand our services.”

That will include manicures and pedicures.

Kirk Short, a broker with Re/Max Realty Professionals, handled the deal.

Look for the new Java space to open by May 1.

Assistance League of Wichita buys former Paradise Antiques space for its thrift store

WICHITA — After looking for new space for the better part of a decade, the Assistance League of Wichita has found it.

The League is more than doubling its resale shop space by moving to 6,000 square feet near Douglas and Grove where Paradise Antiques used to be.

“We have been in our rented building right next to Moler’s Camera shop for 21 years,” says the League’s Helene Longhofer.

That’s at 2611 E. Douglas, just down from where the new shop will be.

The upside of taking so long to find new space is that the League has been able to save to buy the building.

“We’re hoping we can get it paid for in three years,” Longhofer says.

The 28-year-old League is a chapter of the nonprofit national Assistance League.

The local League provides assistance to Wichitans with programs such as Operation School Bell, which provides children with new clothes for school. In the past two years, the program has supplied clothing to more than 4,000 students each year.

The League also gives scholarships to the Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College.

The resale shop raises money for the League’s projects.

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