Scrapbook Garden near Maple and Ridge to close

WICHITA — The last Scrapbook Garden in Wichita is closing.

Bob and Kathy McCreary, who in 2008 lost their lease at Eastgate Plaza, now are closing their 12-year-old store at Maple and Ridge.

“Closing the store was a painful decision — one that we were forced to take given the current economic and retail environment,” Bob McCreary says. “We were not willing to sign a long-term lease.”

He says his landlord wanted them to sign for another five years. The McCrearys wanted to sign a two-year lease.

“Up to the very end we were buying product and hopeful that he would come to the table, but it just never did materialize,” McCreary says.

The store is closed today but will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday for a closing sale, which will run until merchandise and fixtures are liquidated.

“We’re aggressively marking things down from 25 to 75 percent off,” McCreary says. “When it’s gone is when we’ll be out.”

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Snip N’ Clip Family Haircut Shops expands in Wichita

WICHITA — Debbie Vielock’s family has had Snip N’ Clip Family Haircut Shops in Wichita for 47 years, but she says now is a particularly great time to expand because it coincides with her son playing baseball at Wichita State University.

Vielock lives in Kansas City, where her late father, Ronnie Mitchell, started his salon business 61 years ago.

Until recently, the family had seven company-owned salons in the Wichita area.

Two new ones will bring the total to nine, and the family plans at least two more here.

“We kind of feel like we lucked out a little bit,” Vielock says.

She has to come to Wichita twice a month for business, and she also can see her son, Foster Vielock, pitch for WSU.

“We just feel like we’ve had the best of both worlds so far this year,” she says.

A 1,700-square-foot Snip N’ Clip opened next to Jimmy’s Egg at Harry and Rock two weeks ago, and an 1,100-square-foot one is scheduled to open Wednesday at Maple and Ridge next to Scrapbook Garden.

The family, which continues to expand across Kansas, has 41 company-owned stores and 17 franchises.