Spray sunless tanning to open at the Shops at Tallgrass

WICHITA — The closing of one business is leading to the opening of another.

“I’ve off and on thought about having my own business and own salon,” says Meghan Polk, who worked for Origins at Bradley Fair for 10 years.

That store recently closed, so Polk has decided to open Spray, a sunless tanning salon that will be in the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock Road.

“When they closed our store, I thought I’ve always wanted to do it, and now is a great time with people getting away from tanning beds,” Polk says.

Polk says Spray will be different from most salons where “sunless tanning is like the afterthought.”

She says other places have room after room for traditional tanning beds and maybe one converted room for sunless tanning.

Polk will have five rooms and four technicians who operate airbrush machines. Spray also will have a variety of sunless tanner brands from which customers can choose along with retail products for home use.

The shop will be in 1,300 square feet where Uptown Paws used to be.

April Reed with Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

Polk says there will be a lounge area where groups, such as wedding parties, can come for tanning appointments.

She isn’t going to rent the space for parties, but Polk says customers could bring food and drinks.

Polk plans to open late next week and have a grand opening Dec. 2.

“If it really takes off, we’ll probably expand in the Wichita area.”

Uptown Paws to close next month

WICHITA — After six years in business, Uptown Paws is closing at the end of June.

The shop, which is at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock, is a dog and cat boutique that sells pet basics and more upscale items to pamper your pet.

The lease is up, and owner Lacey Vess-Vliet and her sister, Whitney Vess, decided not to renew.

“Things have changed a lot in six years,” Vess-Vliet says. “We’re a lot busier.”

They now have six children between them compared with Vess’ two children when they opened.

“It’s just a lot of work,” Vess-Vliet says.

She’d like to sell the business, but she says, “I really wasn’t quite sure how people even went about that.”

Vess-Vliet isn’t actively trying to sell the business, but she’s still open to it.

“That would be nice.”