Irvin Jacks Mens Barber Spa to open at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road

UPDATED — Irvin Jacks Mens Barber Spa is moving from temporary space to the Shops at Tallgrass at the northeast corner of 21st and Rock Road.

Previously, Irvin Jacks was at the Waterfront at 13th and Webb Road in the almost 3,300 square feet where Craig Allen’s Men’s Fine Grooming once was.

“We basically trimmed off the fat,” owner Felicia DeSpain says.

“The space was definitely a very large size, even for a women’s facility,” she says. “We needed to be able to utilize the space.”

The new spa will be in almost 2,000 square feet of part of the former Nelson Designs space. Nelson is now in the former Norwalk Furniture & Design space at Shops. Norwalk is now in a warehouse at 8630 E. 32nd Court North.

Irvin Jacks offers haircuts for men and boys along with other salon services, such as massage, facials and nail care.

“We are still offering the same services,” DeSpain says.

The new space will have a lounge and patio.

“Our clients consider us the premier barber salon and social club for men,” DeSpain says. “It’s a place for guys to relax and take a break from their daily stresses.”

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal for the new space.

Look for Irvin Jacks to open in August.

Hugs & Hissyfits owner to open Smallcakes, A Cupcakery, at the Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — Wichita finally is getting Smallcakes, A Cupcakery. It’s just coming three years after founder Jeff Martin planned, and he’s not the one bringing it.

Lexi Bruner is opening the cupcake business in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road where her Hugs & Hissyfits also is located.

“I like to stay busy,” Bruner says of opening the second business.

“We have a big family, so it keeps lots of people in my family busy.”

When Martin first shared his hopes for opening in Wichita, he had only two Smallcakes sites in the Kansas City area and was a veteran of the Food Network’s first season of “Cupcake Wars.”

Since then, he’s franchised the business – there are 25 open now, and there should be 40 by the end of the year – and had more national television exposure.

“We went from, like, zero to 60 so fast,” Martin says. “I’m really busy now. … I couldn’t do any more stores myself.”

Bruner says she considered a few different franchises before selecting Smallcakes.

“The others were just very corporate,” she says. “They were nice, but we just liked Jeff’s personality. He cares, and he wants to be involved, and he’s still really excited about what he does.”

Martin says he started the business in 2008 in a tough economic climate.

“The way we did it was very simple, and we just kept it that way,” he says.

“It’s very cheap compared to … these other franchises. … You don’t have to sink a bunch of money into a Smallcakes.”

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Slawson Cos. prepares to build next phase of NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize

UPDATED — Slawson Cos. is preparing to build a new addition to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“Obviously, we’ve had a lot of success out there, and the businesses that have located out there have done well,” says Slawson broker Jerry Jones.

The new 12-acre area will be just north of the Super Target along Maize Road.

“That has kind of changed the landscape a little bit,” Jones says of Sam’s.

Zoning for this phase of NewMarket Square is approved for 160,000 square feet, though Jones says there’s not room for that much construction. Nor will there be room for any big box or junior anchors. What there will be is a series of two-story buildings with retail on the first floors and offices on the second floors.

“We’re introducing something new to the market,” Jones says. “We think this is the right time and right place for it.”

The offices will have entrances in the rear of the buildings. Slawson broker April Reed says that way businesses can have the exposure of NewMarket Square, but employees won’t have to compete with shoppers for parking spaces.

Reed says there are a lot of amenities, including shopping and dining, that would make it attractive for companies to locate their offices at NewMarket Square. She says it’s ideal to “maximize your lunch hour.”

Jones says that part of NewMarket will trend more to upscale retailers, which he thinks is a niche that’s not currently being filled in that area.

Before 2013 is over, Jones says, “There will be some construction out there for sure. If nothing else, utilities.”

More likely, though, he says there will be at least one building built. With the first retail building, Jones says he wants to also build a freestanding, full-service restaurant near the front of the development. Jones and Reed are looking for a multiunit operation that doesn’t conflict with restaurants already at NewMarket.

“That narrows it down quite a bit,” Jones says. “We’re going to be quite selective.”

There’s only one other area left to develop in NewMarket. That’s just west of T.G.I. Friday’s, where there’s room for about 35,000 square feet.

Jones says ideally they’d like to develop both areas at the same time, but it will be “wherever the tenants come first.”

 

 

 

 

Starbucks to expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Starbucks is expanding its space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

No one with the company is sharing details, but April Reed of Slawson Cos. confirms it’s happening.

Starbucks, which has been at NewMarket since 2003, currently has 1,500 square feet. It’s expanding into the 1,475-square-foot space Cartridge World left last summer.

Slawson has done exterior work to get the new space ready for Starbucks.

“One of their concerns was that each of those storefronts had its own distinct look,” Reed says. “They wanted to make it look like it was one cohesive space.”

The coffee chain is now in the design and permitting phase.

“They’re shooting to open in May,” Reed says.

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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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Furnish My Nest won’t open at Shops at Tallgrass after all

WICHITA — In March, Have You Heard? reported that Chance Shipman was going to open Furnish My Nest to sell furniture, accessories and lighting in the Shops at Tallgrass near 21st and Rock Road.

The store never did open, though, and it appears it never will.

“Yes, he did sign a lease and has not been seen or heard from since,” says April Reed of Slawson Cos. “That’s kind of the bottom line of it all.”

She says she’s tried reaching Shipman numerous times and received a text from him about family and funding issues.

“I don’t know what his situation is because he was not communicating with us about it,” Reed says. “He just never fulfilled his financial obligations.”

Shipman couldn’t be reached for comment for this story.

Adalee’s Paper Boutique to open at NewMarket Square in October

WICHITA — Brooke Carpenter has decided to return to the workforce, and that means Wichitans soon will have a new source for stationery and cards.

“It became clear to me that there was a gap in the market, that there wasn’t a place here to get fine stationery and paper products,” Carpenter says.

So she’s opening Adalee’s Paper Boutique in 1,400 square feet at NewMarket Square.

“We do so much online these days,” Carpenter says. “To get that special piece of paper, to get that special invitation in the mail, is becoming increasingly special.”

She and her husband, David, moved to Wichita from Washington, D.C., a couple of years ago when he took a job with Spirit AeroSystems.

Carpenter had been an event planner in Washington and enjoyed what she calls the “wedding process.” She also helped friends and clients with stationery on the side.

Since she’s been in Wichita, Carpenter has been staying home with her 3-year-old, Chloe, who has a rare genetic disorder.

“I decided it was time to get back to work,” Carpenter says. She still wants to be available for her daughter, which “was part of the reason that starting my business made more sense.”

Carpenter is naming the store for her husband’s late grandmother, whose wedding ring she wears.

“She was a really neat old lady,” Carpenter says. “Just a classic lady but really modern and trendy.”

That’s how she envisions her store, too.

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Discount retailer Marshalls to open in former Borders space at NewMarket Square

UPDATED — In December, Have You Heard? reported that with any luck, by the 2012 holiday season shoppers in east and west Wichita would have two new Marshalls stores to shop at.

That’s going to happen – at least for west-siders.

The Massachusetts-based chain, part of the TJX Cos., has a building permit for $580,000 to remodel the former Borders space at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

“I can confirm we do have a lease with Marshalls,” says Jerry Jones, vice president of commercial development for Slawson Cos., the NewMarket developer.

The approximately 23,000-square-foot building was built in 2001. Borders left the space in September.

Jones referred questions about the opening to a Marshalls representative, who wouldn’t confirm that the store will be coming to Wichita.

“When opening new stores, we tend to announce our plans when we believe it is the right time to do so competitively,” wrote spokeswoman Doreen Thompson in an e-mail. “Generally speaking, it is our practice not to announce store openings until close to an intended opening date.”

It looks like that will be in time for the holidays – or before.

“I like that it brings a large apparel component to the center,” Jones says. “It’ll really complement everything else we have out there real well.”

Slawson Real Estate handled the lease for the landlord.

Marshalls also has looked at opening on the east side, but that deal doesn’t seem to be as far along.

TJX owns Marshalls and sister store T.J. Maxx, which is in Eastgate Plaza at Kellogg and Rock and at Westgate Market at Kellogg and Dugan.

Marshalls, which is similar to T.J. Maxx, is known for carrying designer clothing and homeware at discount prices — “never pay full price for fabulous” is the current tagline — though shoppers often have to wade through merchandise to find those deals.

Look for more details later today on Marshalls’ entry into the Wichita market.

Williamson Wellness Center to open at the Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — After almost a decade and a half of working at Genesis Health Clubs, Wendy Williamson is opening her own Williamson Wellness Center.

“I’ve been very fortunate,” Williamson says. “This is just an opportunity to work for myself.”

Williamson has a doctorate in exercise science. She is a post-rehabilitation specialist and an advanced personal trainer.

“I have the privilege … and the opportunity to work with people who are recovering from illness and injury,” Williamson says. “My specialty is low back pain and orthopedic replacements.… I also work a lot with Parkinson’s disease.”

She’s opening her center in 2,529 square feet at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. and Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.

Williamson will open her business in early July.

“It’s just time to work for myself.”

Body Central to open at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — Florida-based Body Central is opening a second Wichita store, this time in NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

The first Body Central, a clothing store that caters to young women, is at Towne East Square.

“Your part of the country has been very successful for us,” says Matt Swartwood, senior vice president of stores.

“We have a solid group of stores in Kansas City. We do some great business in Oklahoma.”

The chain also is in Topeka.

Swartwood describes the store as “junior fast fashion,” meaning it quickly turns whatever the latest fashions are for the junior set.

Competitors include Charlotte Russe, Forever 21 and Wet Seal.

The 4,000-square-foot store will open next to Carter’s at NewMarket Square.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

If all goes well, look for the store to open in August.

“We just see this as part of filling in the market,” Swartwood says. “We’re just awfully excited to come to your city with another store.”