RSA Marketing Services to move to Commerce arts district

UPDATED — RSA Marketing Services is moving to a new downtown home, and CEO Bruce Rowley says there’s something special about it.

“Unbelievably, it is actually the very first development to face the arena – to directly face the front of the arena,” he says of Intrust Bank Arena. It’s “the very first building that you encounter when you pull into the Commerce arts district.”

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency's future home in the Commerce arts district.

Mike Snyder, left, and Bruce Rowley of RSA Marketing Services at the site of the agency’s future home in the Commerce arts district.

The 7,000-square-foot space is at the southeast corner of Waterman and Commerce.

“We want to be a part of pushing that growth down here and that development down here as it continues to unfold,” Rowley says. “I love that we could do our part to help spur that along.”

Don’t believe that it’s the first new development facing the arena?

“Go drive it,” Rowley says.

Big Rick’s, a barbecue sauce manufacturer, is in the building now and will remain in 2,000 square feet.

RSA will take more than 4,000 square feet.

“And then we’re carving out 900 square feet on the northwest corner of the building,” Rowley says.

“We really felt like that is such a great, high-visible corner,” he says of that 900 square feet. “The best use is really not to put our conference room there or something.”

A retail outlet or some kind of food establishment “will contribute to the vibrancy of that area,” Rowley says.

Currently, RSA is in 3,000 square feet at 145 N. Hydraulic, which is part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles campus. The 4-year-old agency has been there for three years and has owned the building for two years.

“The main constraint there … remains parking,” Rowley says.

There are 16 to 20 spaces “depending on how well everyone parks.”

“We typically run out of room.”

RSA will keep its current space as a photography and video studio.

At the new building, RSA will do a joint venture with current owner Trans Pacific Properties, which is affiliated with Trans Pacific Oil, and will completely renovate the space.

“It is literally a brick-and-concrete box at the moment,” Rowley says. “It’s a blank canvas.”

The building has only one door and no windows.

“We’re going to change substantially the exterior view of it,” Rowley says.

RSA currently has 24 employees and likely will have 27 by the time the agency moves late this year.

“It’s a significant increase in the amount of people down there and the ability of retail and all kinds of other businesses to grow down there,” Rowley says. “We’re certainly not the driver of that, but we want to be a driver.”

RSA’s new building originally was a patio furniture warehouse.

“We’ve been working for three years now in this former taxi garage and biker barn, which are two things that this building has been in the past, and we really thought that defined a lot of who we are,” he says. “We’ve tried to be a very efficient, open, collaborative kind of environment.”

Rowley says the idea has been to not have “ostentatious, over-the-top trappings.”

“We kind of still feel like we’re maintaining the culture that we have while expanding and growing as we do it.”

Get Air Wichita indoor trampoline park to open at former Big Dog campus

WICHITA — Another company is going to be taking part of the former Big Dog Motorcycles space downtown, and this one is an especially fun one.

Get Air Wichita is a giant indoor trampoline park and is part of a growing chain of eight Get Air parks nationally.

“It’s been an incredible opportunity both for me and kids,” says Nancy Deville, who has teamed with other investors to open the business.

“Basically, what really drew me to it is the trampoline because kids love to jump,” she says.

Except she’s hoping adults use the park, too.

“You can burn 1,000 calories an hour jumping on the trampoline,” Deville says. “It’s so much fun.”

Deville is a California-based health book writer, and she says two of the most important things for maintaining health are getting exercise and clearing your mind.

“There’s not enough of that for kids today,” she says of physical activity and time “where you’re just not thinking about anything.”

Get Air will open in 22,000 square feet on New York Street between Douglas and First Street.

The wall-to-wall trampoline will have a number of different areas for various activities, including dodge ball, a basketball dunk and foam pits. There’s also a bungee jump that helps users who can’t do flips on their own.

There will be a toddler area as well.

“That’s really important because then they won’t be intimidated by the older kids,” Deville says.

“Birthday parties are going to be a big part of what we do,” she says. Deville says it makes sense to have something active to do after serving birthday cake.

“What do you do when you’ve got 15 kids with a sugar high?”

There will be teen nights, parities and corporate events “so we can get people out of their office and do team building and confidence building and clearing out mental cobwebs,” Deville says.

There’s also going to be something called GETAIR-obics for exercise.

“I want to see more adults coming out,” Deville says. “How many hours can one person stand on a treadmill staring at CNN?”

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Jeff Ablah leaves Rowley Snyder Ablah

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WICHITA — As its second anniversary approaches, Rowley Snyder Ablah will celebrate without one of its founding principals.

Jeff Ablah has returned to his father George Ablah’s real estate firm, Ablah Enterprises.

“They asked him if he wanted to come back over there and help them with the huge volume of projects,” Bruce Rowley says.

He says the departure doesn’t mean the relationship — personally or professionally — didn’t work with Ablah.

“You know, it worked great,” Rowley says. “Jeff’s walking out on a high note.”

Ablah is selling his stake in the agency, but he says he’ll still support it.

“I’m going to continue to be an ambassador and a consultant.”

Rowley says the agency “had a stellar first year.”

“The first year was crazy wild,” he says. “The second year, certainly, we’ve had some turnover of staff. … People who couldn’t or didn’t feel like keeping up. … It certainly is a high-turnover business anyway.”

Rowley says the agency, which has 15 employees including the principals, is doing well, though.

“We’ve had actually great growth in our second year. A lot of that has been attributed to Jeff. The partnership, having three (principals), has been phenomenal.”

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