Tad’s Locker Room to open in former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill space

WICHITA — From restaurant to locker room.

The former Red Bean’s Bayou Grill near 21st and Ridge is going to be the new home of a west-side Tad’s Locker Room.

The original Tad’s is in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb on the east side.

tadtwo“It just fell in place,” owner Tad Snarenberger says of the deal.

He almost had a different west-side deal and had preordered merchandise when it fell through.

“God has really helped us do this because we didn’t have a place to go,” Snarenberger says.

The 5,400-square-foot space is just over what the east-side store has.

“It’s just like a large ranch,” Snarenberger says of the long space.

Snarenberger’s store, which sells sports apparel and memorabilia, used to be called Sports Time Fan Shop until he and a partner split in 2012.

There’s still a Sports Time Fan Shop in NewMarket Square up the road from where Tad’s will open.

Snarenberger says he feels like Tad’s has a strong enough market presence now to open a second shop.

Intrust Bank has my back on this,” he says.

Snarenberger thinks his store works because of his strong staff and because he’s in the shop daily, which he’ll continue to be at both stores.

“Yeah, he’s a local guy,” he says customers say. “He’s doing the local thing.”

The new store likely will open in early October.

“It is a huge leap,” Snarenberger says. “It’s exciting.”

Across Time and Page scrapbooking store to open at Cambridge Market

UPDATED — Another new scrapbooking store is coming to Wichita.

Carmen Ned is opening Across Time and Page in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Earlier this month, Kathryn and Jeffrey Welch told Have You Heard? that they’re opening Kat Scrap Fever in Clifton Square in College Hill.

A scrapbooking store is a big departure for Ned, who has almost 30 years of HR experience.

When the company she was working for here was purchased by another company, Ned’s position was eliminated.

“My husband brought to my attention that WSU was having a new ventures program,” Ned says.

She attended to learn how to do business planning.

Ned says Timothy Pett, the director of Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship, was instrumental in her decision to start Across Time and Page.

“He actually liked the idea,” she says. “He saw that it was just a viable business idea and just encouraged me to move forward.”

The store will be in almost 2,000 square feet between Sports Time Fan Shop and Chelmsford Tea & Gifts.

Scott Harper with Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

“It has been a hobby of mine,” Ned says of scrapbooking, “and I always noticed that there wasn’t a store in the northeast area.

She says she’ll have space for 20 people to work on projects or have a scrapbooking party. Ned also plans to offer classes along with “just the latest and greatest scrapbooking merchandise.”


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.

Satchel Creek Steaks to open in Andover and partner on other retail sites

UPDATED — Satchel Creek Steaks has closed its Cambridge Market retail shop and is moving to Andover, but it’s not leaving Wichita entirely.

Owner Tiya Tonn-Oppold has placed her products at the Great Harvest Bread Co. near 21st and Maize to have a presence on the west side.

“That’s been great for us.”

As soon as the Great Harvest near Central and Woodlawn is revamped to make room, Tonn-Oppold says Satchel Creek will be there as well.

She’s negotiating with a couple of other retail outlets as well.

“Really, it’s more cost effective . . . to be in the local neighborhoods,” Tonn-Oppold says. “It’s good business sense for the small businesses involved and more localized for the customer.”

She was surprised to learn that people in different areas seem to like different cuts of meat.

“You wouldn’t think there would be that,” she says.

“We’re going to be able to really hone in on what people in (an) area are wanting.”

The new store at 340 S. Andover Road will open by Valentine’s Day.

At approximately 1,000 square feet, it’s about half the size of the space at Cambridge Market.

“We’re still going to carry everything we’ve been carrying,” Tonn-Oppold says.

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Sports Time Fan Shop acquires Jocks and Jills merchandise and plans sale

WICHITA — It was about this time last year that sports memorabilia and apparel stores All Sports and Jocks and Jills announced plans to merge, but it never happened.

All Sports is still in business, but Garden Plain State Bank ended up seizing the Jocks and Jills merchandise.

“They’ve been sitting with this merchandise for a year,” says Sports Time Fan Shop owner Tad Snarenberger.

He’s acquired that merchandise, which he describes as an interesting mix of some odd and some fantastic items such as shirts, hoodies and jackets, among other things.

He plans to sell it all in a pre-Father’s Day sale at both his stores, which are at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize and Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb.

Sports Time generally has a sidewalk sale before every Father’s Day anyway.

“This is a good vehicle for us to move this close-out stuff . . . and get it out of there,” Snarenberger says.

All Sports and Jocks and Jills had a planned a large new store on the east side, but the economy soured the deal, All Sports owner Randy Staub says.

“We really kind of felt like it was going to be risky from our side to try and make that happen,” Staub says. “We just felt like we had to back away.”

Snarenberger says Jocks and Jills had been a great competitor.

“I was sorry to see them go,” Snarenberger says. “But it’s a good opportunity for us, and it’s also going to be a good opportunity for customers because they are going to get stuff dirt cheap.”