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“’I’ve never met the guy, but I heard good things of him.”

Shocker guard Ron Baker on Charles Koch in a Tuesday New York Times story about how the Koch family is viewed in Wichita

Oxford Senior Living creates ‘Happy’ video

ox1WICHITA — Hundreds of fans of “Happy,” the ubiquitous Pharrell Williams hit, have created their own videos in celebration of the song.

None, though, is quite like the one that Oxford Senior Living released last week.

“We had a blast making it,” says Coryanne Graham, Oxford’s marketing and brand manager.

Part of the company’s mission statement is that Oxford’s “environment inspires happy residents who feel at home sharing hopes and dreams, recipes and fishin’ stories.”

Graham thought a video would be a great way to share that happiness.

“I saw a bunch of those ‘Happy’ videos,” she says. “There’s more than 800 of them. … I thought, man, that would be so much fun to do with our staff and residents.”

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shocker“I think when it comes right down to it, everybody’s got a pretty good sense of humor.”

PumpHouse owner Jim Ross, who has had only a few complaints about the Old Town bar’s new mural of a Shocker beast (a cross between the Hulk and a wheat shocker) squeezing the necks of a tiny Jayhawk and Wildcat

Garvey Center goes to great heights to show Shocker support

34WICHITA — Maintenance workers at the Garvey Center had to come in on their days off this weekend, but it wasn’t because of a maintenance problem.

It’s because Larry Weber, vice president with Builders Inc., had the idea to paint the number of Shocker wins on the top of the 26-story building along with changing the downtown building’s lights to appear Shocker yellow.

“I thought what better way to show … appreciation than to light up the building and put the numbers on top,” Weber says.

First was “32” on Friday.

“When they were up there painting, people were honking horns and flashing lights,” Weber says.

Then came “33” on Saturday and “34” on Sunday.

yellowThe building’s lights were changed to yellow with the help of some theatrical gel. Weber says his maintenance crew has a theatrical background.

He says thanks to social media, people from as far away as Australia have commented on the display.

“So it’s getting some worldwide play, but then it’s a world-class team, right?”

Weber says he “of course” will continue to have the numbers repainted to reflect each win. He won’t say what he’s going to do after the final number is up.

“That’s going to be a surprise.”

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“We kind of laughed about the fact that we’re going to be as shocked as everyone else is. They could be setting them on fire for all we know.”

Beth Tully of Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates on the Shocker-themed chocolates and other products that she and WSU gave to “Mike & Mike” to use on the ESPN 2 show Friday

Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill to open in former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill

WICHITA — Larry Harmon now confirms what Have You Heard? first reported last week.

He’s opening his second Larry Bud’s Sports Bar & Grill in the former Two Brothers BBQ and Burger Grill space at 8406 W. Central across from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.

“There’s a lot of good bars in town,” Harmon says. When he opens, though, Harmon says, “You’re going to know that that’s the place to watch some sports.”

He’s finalizing the contract for the 6,600-square-foot space. Following that and extensive renovation, he’ll open. It’s not clear when that will be.

Harmon says he’s gutting the space to create what he calls a stadium area similar to his original Larry Bud’s in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn.

Like that Larry Bud’s, the new one also will offer bus rides to Shocker games.

“It’s going to be a fun place to go,” Harmon says. “Our grand opening will be a killer.”

He’s not stopping there. Harmon plans additional locations as well.

“We’re going to continue from there and continue to grow.”


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“And then I analyzed our customer list and went, ‘Of course! We have customers in New York.’ ”

Automation-Plus president and die-hard Shocker fan Sheryl Wohlford on how she’s justifying a trip to see the team play in the NIT tournament this week (even though she’s not actually seeing customers)

Sports Time Fan Shop expands into former Satchel Creek Steaks space at Cambridge Market

WICHITA — With Satchel Creek Steaks leaving Cambridge Market for Andover, as Have You Heard? reported Monday, Tad Snarenberger saw an opportunity for his Sports Time Fan Shop.

“Them vacating is very advantageous for me,” he says.

He’s in his fifth year at the center at 21st and Webb, where he has about 4,000 square feet and sells “anything you can stick a college logo on.”

Snarenberger is taking Satchel Creek’s former 1,900 square feet.

“My issue is I don’t have enough space to display properly,” he says.

For instance, he has numerous types of Shocker shirts all squeezed into one rack.

“Look, we’re just too tight.”

Snarenberger says he wants to “give KU, K-State and Wichita State University their due.”

Each school will have its own wall once construction is done.

Snarenberger will create two arches in the wall that currently divides his store from the former Satchel Creek space.

He says his “game plan” will be to make that new space the House Divided, with one wall for KU and one for K-State.

That will allow him more room in the store’s original space for WSU items.

Construction will start this week, and the new space will be ready in about three weeks.

Rangers Baseball Academy to open next week

WICHITA — Barry Newell plans to keep his day job as an assistant principal at Bishop Carroll, but he’s starting a new business, too.

Rangers Baseball Academy opens Monday at 3732 N. Ohio, which is between Hydraulic and Broadway, just south of I-235.

The 10,000-square-foot indoor facility will help kids ages 8 to 18 improve their games.

“I’ve been in baseball for a long time,” Newell says.

Shocker Hall of Famer Jason Adams, who used to play in the Houston Astros organization, is Newell’s partner in the venture.

Adams is a postal worker, but Newell says the plan is for him to eventually work at the academy full time.

Newell has been a guest instructor for the Kansas City Royals and the Toronto Blue Jays, he’s a scout for the Texas Rangers, he’s coached college baseball and is involved with Walter Johnson League Baseball.

“I was wanting to expand on that,” Newell says.

The academy will videotape players and then show them how they can improve their hitting or pitching or any other aspect of their game.

Newell named the academy partly for the Texas Rangers and partly for the Park City Rangers, his Walter Johnson League team.

“It just all kind of fit together.”

Creative Rhino to move from New York to Wichita

rhinoWICHITA — Ryan Gates is just the sort of young talent that Wichita civic leaders are always talking about trying to keep here.

Now, after being gone 15 years, the film and television producer is returning home.

He’s bringing Creative Rhino, a video and film production company that also offers online and new media viral marketing, with him.

“I never had the whole, ‘I’m never coming back!’ ” Gates says.

He did, though, have “that young, idyllic dream of New York City.”

Creative Rhino originally was based in San Francisco, then New York state.

For the last two years, Gates and his wife, Kathryn Van Steenhuyse, have taken their work on the road.

“We’re what you call digital nomads,” Gates says. “As long as we have an Internet connection, good cell phone reception and a major airport, we can operate from anywhere.”

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