Burrow gaming and gift store to expand with new meeting space

UPDATED — Derrek Burrows is such a friend to geeks, he’s almost doubling the size of his gaming store for them.

The Burrow has been in 1,100 square feet at 180 S. Rock Road, which is behind Wendy’s across from Towne East Square, for a couple of years.

“We have gifts for geeks,” says Burrows, a self-professed geek.

“I am, and I have been pretty much all my life.”

The store sells games that appeal to people who are into science fiction, anime and Steampunk, among other things. There are some more traditional games as well.

Burrows also offers the store as a meeting space for groups, which is why he’s expanding into an extra 900 square feet next door.

“It’s a space that will be for hobby groups and special interest groups,” he says.

For instance, there’s a “Doctor Who” fan group that meets at the Burrow once a month.

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“I am not that guy. And I don’t have his money. But I’m still alive, so I think I have the more advantageous position.”

– District 1 City Council candidate Dave Thomas, who on Friday told the Wichita Pachyderm Club that he’s not the late Dave Thomas who founded Wendy’s

‘Heck of deal’ for sale across from Towne East Square

WICHITA — Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. is trying to sell a 5,000-square-foot retail center at 180 S. Rock Road for his father, Mike Boyd, and another investor, and he thinks there are several things going for the property.

First, he says, it’s behind the Wendy’s across from Towne East Square and is only $350,000.

“It’s a heck of a deal for a Rock Road address.”

Also, with the addition of iPlum Wireless last week, the center is now 100 percent leased.

With rent below market price, Boyd says, “It’s easy to keep full in an environment like this.”

But the environment also means buyers aren’t rushing to purchase anything.

“We’ve had investors interested,” Boyd says. “It’s just people are a little gun-shy these days with the economy and everything.”

Hair Connection stylists to move elsewhere

WICHITA — By the end of the year, it looks like Hair Connection near Douglas and Oliver will cease to exist.

The salon, which has been in its space for 24 years, has to move to make room for the new Mike’s Wine Dive.

Mike’s is opening in the former Caffe Posto space and needed the extra room where the salon is.

Landlord James Smits says he hates to see the salon go, but he says he never could interest the salon owner in signing a long-term lease.

The owner did not return calls for comment.

Now, the Hair Connection stylists are splitting up and going to other salons.

Stylist Lito Carrillo says he and several others are going to Suite Concepts, a new salon in the former Wendy’s space at 5510 E. Central, where there’s an open house today from 4 p.m. to 8.

Several others are going to Hair Mechanix at 410 N. Hillside.

The Hair Connection at 2424 N. Woodlawn, which is unaffiliated with the other one, remains open.