Firefly Yoga Studio owner Nickki Head to open west-side studio

WICHITA — A year and a half after opening Firefly Yoga Studio in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road, Nickki Head is preparing to open a second studio on the west side.

“We just got such an enormous amount of requests for a west-side location,” Head says. “You know Wichita. It’s so east side and west side.”

Firefly Yoga Studio West will be in 1,200 square feet at 2313 Zoo Park Blvd., which is across from the entrance to the Sedgwick County Zoo.

“We’re kind of marketing it as, like, simple space, no distraction,” Head says.

The first class will be Dec. 1.

Head says her initial plan was to start small with one location and see how people liked the yoga she offers.

“It’s blown up. People are loving it and loving the benefits of it.”

So what’s next? Downtown? Delano?

“Stay tuned,” Head says. “That’s every owner’s dream to try to be in each little nugget of the Wichita community.”

She appreciates that there’s interest.

“I’m lucky enough that the Wichita community has supported us this far … that a second studio is even an opportunity,” Head says. “Best-case scenario is what’s happening here. Dreams come true.”

You don’t say

“I plan to live that long. Well, it’ll be close.”

Sedgwick County Zoo executive director Mark C. Reed, 62, who kicked off the zoo’s 40th anniversary celebration today by saying, “It’s amazing to think what could be accomplished over the next 40 years.”

There’s a new menu for this year’s Zoobilee

WICHITA — It’s a safe bet that no one who goes to Zoobilee on Saturday will leave hungry, but there are several popular restaurants that have been involved with the Sedgwick County Zoo fund-raiser that won’t be back this year.

“I just don’t feel the event is the same for the restaurants as it used to be,” says Darrin Hackney, general manager at Heroes.

Heroes has been a participant for the last 15 years.

Hackney says the event is a good one, but it changed from a cocktail party atmosphere to “just watching people grab food like they’ve never eaten before.”

“When you have food flying out that fast . . . are they really trying your food or is it just (to) curb the alcohol?”

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You don’t say

“They’re grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!!!”

Steve Onken, development director of the Sedgwick County Zoo, doing a Tony the Tiger impersonation to describe the tiger cutouts on billboards around town to promote the zoo’s new tiger exhibit