You don’t say: Our favorites from 2013

Some were newsy, some were shocking, but most were simply fun or funny. Here are some of our favorite “You don’t say” quotes from 2013.

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“I said, ‘You must know a lot of angry people.’ (They) said, ‘I work at Spirit.’”

Best of Times owner Nancy Robinson on a person who bought 10 Dammit Dolls, the soft dolls angry people can safely slam on any surface to blow off steam on bad days

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“My first place that I am not going to get married at is the Grand Chapel.”

– Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton, whose upcoming marriage to Stacy Luke won’t take place at the facility he sued over his daughter’s wedding

“That’s correct, he’s not.”

– Grand Chapel owner Dennis Wilkie, who says Skelton is “a troublemaker, and I just don’t want to deal with troublemakers.”

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“Women pilots don’t land at the wrong airport. We ask for directions!”

– A tweet from Seattle-based pilot Karlene Petitt (‏@KarlenePetitt) about the Dreamlifter incident at Colonel James Jabara Airport

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“Be aware, Boeing, ‘this route has tolls.’ Bring some change.”

– An NPR story that acknowledged a stranded Dreamlifter likely couldn’t be towed from Colonel James Jabara Airport to McConnell Air Force Base but offered a Google map and driving directions anyway

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“I thought I’d get in line right behind him.”

– Outgoing Chamber chairwoman Debbie Gann, who “about choked” at the group’s annual dinner Tuesday when possible mayoral candidate Jeff Turner suggested she would make a great mayor

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“I’m going to drop off a baked bean can and a string tomorrow … so we can chat later in the day.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers co-owner Scott Redler teasing City Council member Pete Meitzner about his antiquated BlackBerry

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“With all the crying and whining in Washington, I’m feeling ready to be a new father come November.”

– Expectant father U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder speaking Friday at the 2013 Congressional Summit at the Hotel at Old Town

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“We know you’re a Democrat.”

– Park City administrator Jack Whitson, teasing the city’s chamber president, registered Republican Dean Frankenbery, about a misprint that said Rep. Mike Pompom, not Pompeo, would be the group’s next speaker

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“I know you are all wondering if that beautiful new red car parked over there is a door prize. It’s not. It’s the speaker’s gift.”

Delta Dental of Kansas vice president of human resources Kara Hunt, speaking at the Chamber’s Sunrise Scrambler about a car that Davis-Moore had at the event

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“I thought that Davis-Moore . . . has been hurting so bad that they needed a sale, so I thought I’d help them out.”

– Car dealer Brandon Steven, joking about why he bought a Viper at his competitor’s dealership

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“I think it’s awesome that he bought himself a nice car.”

– Davis-Moore’s Dawson Grimsley, retorting with a teasing implication that Steven couldn’t find a nice car at his own lot

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“The @WichitaOrpheum could use a little Jesus after @RealTracyMorgan’s performance there. #itwaspurefilth”

— A tweet from comedian Ron Shively, aka @FunnyMrBiggs, after hearing City Life Church is going to rent the Orpheum Theatre every Sunday morning for services

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“Puppies and people all over town are sad today.”

—Accountant David Jabara on the death of Doggy Day Care owner Marilyn Walk

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“‘So let me get this straight. Everything in your house is for sale?’ And I looked over at my husband, and I said, ‘Well, right now he’s not, but that could change.’”

Sharon Nelson on a conversation she had with a customer in her home before she opened Nelson Designs at the Shops at Tallgrass

Nelson Designs expands into former Norwalk Furniture & Design space

UPDATED — A former Norwalk Furniture & Design neighbor is ready to take its space.

Nelson Designs, which has been in the Shops at Tallgrass since late 2009, is expanding there in March.

“It’s another 2,000 square feet, which we definitely need, and it’s a lot closer to 21st Street so the visibility is going to be great,” owner Sharon Nelson says. “That’s a big part of it.”

Nelson opened her design business in the heart of the economic crisis “when the rest of the world was saying, ‘You are absolutely crazy,’ but I think it’s worked,” she says.

Her first store was 1,400 square feet.

“Of course, we opened it when the economy was horrible, so I wasn’t too sure how it was going to go.”

Within a year, though, she more than doubled her space to 3,158 square feet.

Now, she’s out of room.

For instance, in the area where she sells wood and tile flooring, Nelson says, “It is so jam-packed in there with our fabrics for drapery and upholstery, people don’t know what all we sell.”

The business now has five designers instead of the two that the store started with.

Nelson had been running the business out of her home initially.

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“Until our expansion we had to keep our fabrics in the bathroom so you can imagine how much better it is to be able to view them now!”

Sharon Nelson of Nelson Designs in an e-mail about her new expansion at the Shops at Tallgrass

Nelson Designs to expand at Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — As Hugs & Hissyfits expands at the Shops at Tallgrass by taking the former Marshmallow Kisses space, neighbor Nelson Designs is expanding by taking the Hugs space and keeping its own, too.

“We’re . . . more than doubling our size within a year,” says Sharon Nelson, who opened her design business in the center at 21st and Rock in October 2009.

Prior to that, she worked with clients out of her house.

“It was our clients who kept saying, ‘You really need to open a store,’ ” Nelson says.

The new combined 3,158-square-foot space will be ready in early November.

April Reed, who handled the deal for developer Slawson Cos., says this is the third tenant to expand at the center in six months, including Hugs & Hissyfits and Frou Frou.

This is “the strongest tenant mix the center has ever had,” she says. “Our efforts to attract and create a design center have been paying off.”

Nelson Designs carries drapes, accessories and tile and wood flooring, among other things.

“We try to make it a one-stop shop,” Nelson says.

Even though she opened her storefront at a tough economic time, Nelson says she has done well.

“We really try to be very careful with our prices,” she says.

“Wichita has been good to us.”

Nelson Designs to open at Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — Sharon Nelson’s new next-door neighbor will be an old friend, but that’s not what’s prompting her to move to the Shops at Tallgrass.

Nelson owns Nelson Designs, which will move next to where World Import Gallery is locating at the center at 21st and Rock.

Philip Holmes is renaming his Gallery the Rug Studio and moving in September.

Nelson is moving into 1,400 square feet in early October — she just signed a lease Thursday.

“Which is just so ironic because neither one of us knew,” Nelson says of herself and Holmes. “Isn’t that amazing?”

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