Sweet Repeats has new owner who will bring in new merchandise

WICHITA — After an almost 40-year career in dentistry – first as a hygienist, then in the insurance business – Deb Merritt has purchased the Sweet Repeats consignment shop in Westlink Shopping Center.

“It was just a new opportunity to do something on my own and be kind of the master of my own destiny,” she says. “I like clothes, and I love helping people.”

Until now, the 19-year-old business, which is at Central and Tyler, has sold women’s clothing, shoes and purses.

Merritt is adding men’s and children’s clothing and jewelry. She’s also going to start promoting the business through social media for the first time.

Event Elements to open in Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — Brandy and Jesse Zogleman have had 5,000 square feet of space at the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler for several months.

First, they had their Black Widow Costumes there for the Halloween season. Now, they’re opening their Event Elements rental business there.

“We are a one-stop shop for everything for your rental needs,” Brandy Zogleman says.

When the business opens Thursday, she says, it will have “everything you need under one roof” to stage an event with tables, chairs, linens and centerpieces, among other items.

Event Elements has been in business for a year but has catered mainly to wedding planners.

“We have a very focused clientele,” Zogleman says.

Now that the business will have a storefront, she says the clientele will expand to anyone.

The store will open at 3 p.m. on Thursday for a grand opening.

David Boyd with Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal for the space.

Zogleman says her rentals, which are also available for wholesale purchase, are on the high-end side. For instance, she says she has a range of Chiavari chairs from which to choose.

“It’s really fun,” Zogleman says of the showroom. “It’s very unique.”

GracePoint Church signs additional lease at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — GracePoint Church has signed a lease for more space at the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler

The church’s first lease was in 2009 to take the former Cinemas West space.

Now, it’s taking space for a student ministry where a photography business used to be.

“When we designed our original worship facility, we didn’t really design for a dedicated student ministry space,” executive pastor Terry Johnson says. “But as the ministry continued to grow, we saw a need for it.”

Some student groups have met in the church’s lobby.

“We knew that wasn’t going to suffice for the health of the ministry,” Johnson says.

When the photography space became available, he says, “We thought it might be a good opportunity to provide some room for them.”

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. handled the deal.

Following renovations, the new space should be ready the first week of February.

North Wind Martial Arts and Fitness to open at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — Florida native Brian Kelley says he came to Wichita a couple of years ago to work as a personal training director for Genesis Health Clubs and liked it so well that he decided to stay and open his own business.

North Wind Martial Arts and Fitness opens in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler on Sept. 17.

“I really enjoyed my time here,” says Kelley, who quit working for Genesis last summer for family reasons.

“I really enjoyed your downtown and just the people,” he says. “I looked at the fact that there is a market here for traditional martial arts.”

Kelley’s studio will be in 2,350 square feet.

Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Ted Branson of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Kelley says he’ll teach martial arts for “defense, exercise (and) just overall well being.”

“I teach traditional martial arts for a modern world,” he says.

“If you’re not a person who wants to go in a weight room and lift weights, it’s a great exercise.”

North Wind will be for students of all ages.

“I really am not going to confine myself,” Kelley says. “I have something for everybody.”

Wildly Divine women’s clothing shop to open at Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — After encountering some bad unemployment luck, including a couple of layoffs, Toni Priddy is now going to be the master of her own destiny.

Priddy is moving her home-based women’s clothing business to the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler Road.

Wildly Divine opens early next month to sell clothing, jewelry and accessories.

“It’s going to be a fun little woman’s store,” Priddy says.

Her business partner, Vicky Nichols, encouraged Priddy to move the business into a retail location.

“It’s a great corner,” Priddy says of Westlink’s location. “There’s a lot of traffic in that area.”

The store is not quite 1,000 square feet.

“It’s a little small,” Priddy says, “but it’s good to start with.”

All Sports stores to close in September

WICHITA — A disappointed Randy Staub is closing his two All Sports stores in Wichita and Newton.

“I just can’t do it anymore,” he says. “Ever since ’08 when the economy kind of went in the tank, our business kind of took a downturn.”

All Sports, which opened in 2005, is a sporting apparel and memorabilia shop. The Wichita store is in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler. A second store opened in Derby in 2007 and then moved to Chisholm Trail Center – Outlet & Retail Shops in the summer of 2009.

Staub estimates as much as 50 percent of his customers are aircraft workers – or were.

“We lost a lot of our buying power with those aircraft workers.”

Staub says most shoppers have cut back on discretionary spending.

“Our type of stuff falls to the bottom.”

Staub says it’s also hard to compete with the Internet and big-box stores.

“They’re killing off all the small businesses,” he says. “They want to be your sporting goods store, your pharmacy … your hardware store, your grocery store. They want to be everything.”

Staub says his store has more variety, with merchandise from a lot of secondary teams, than some of his competitors.

“We tried and tried,” Staub says. “We’ve got great customers, but I just don’t have enough.”

The stores likely will close in early September.

Staub isn’t sure what he’ll do next.

“Our whole family works here, so we all kind of got to look at doing something else.”

 

Chosen Wok to take former Starbucks space at Westlink Shopping Center

UPDATED — At long last, there is a new tenant for the former Starbucks space in the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler.

Michelle Chin and William Tsao are opening Chosen Wok there in December.

“There is a drive-through, and it’s a pretty good location,” Chin says.

They plan to serve traditional Chinese cuisine.

Tsao has a Chosen Wok in Great Bend.

In addition to the drive-through, the restaurant will be able to seat about 40, with more seating on the patio.

It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Handling the deal were Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate Group, Andy Boyd of Walter Morris Cos. and Doug Malone of J.P. Weigand &  Sons.

“We were a little bit limited on who we could bring into that building,” Verbeckmoes says.

Westlink already has restaurants, which have rights of refusal, serving Mexican food, pizza and hamburgers.

Verbeckmoes says Starbucks lasted in the space only six months because shortly after opening, the company announced a plan to shut 700 stores in 2008.

He says that location was just starting to break even.

“It was a corporate decision,” he says. “They just shut ’er down.”

Verbeckmoes says the building is first-class space, and Chosen Wok is an ideal addition.

“This is a great fit for Westlink and for the area.”

Urban Renewal Consignment to expand to Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — The almost year-old Urban Renewal Consignment has done so well in the short time it’s been open, owners Kathy and Joe Goodale are expanding to a bigger space.

The Goodales opened in 1,200 square feet at 13th and Maize Road in July.

They will close there around June 20 and reopen in the middle of July in 1,800 square feet at the Westlink Shopping Center near Central and Tyler.

“It’s a significant difference,” Kathy Goodale says of the increased space.

She says they’ll be able to accommodate more shoppers and be able to sell larger furniture items as well.

Joe Verbeckmoes of Benchmark Real Estate Group handled the deal.

The Goodales are gutting the Westlink space to remodel it.

Goodale says she likes that Sweet Repeats, a woman’s clothing consignment shop, is at the center. She thinks the stores will offer one-stop shopping in the area since Sweet Repeats focuses on clothing and Urban Renewal has decor, furniture and jewelry.

Urban Renewal also is now open on Sundays, which may be convenient for members of the nearby GracePoint Church.

Goodale says she now has 350 consignors.

“It’s just not stopping,” she says. There’s “a lot coming in, a lot coming out.”

“It’s just been a beautiful thing to accommodate people. . . . We feel it’s a win-win situation.”

West-side Play It Again Sports to move to Westlink Shopping Center

WICHITA — The west-side Play It Again Sports is moving to the Westlink Shopping Center at Central and Tyler in early February.

That’s a mile from the store’s current location at 13th and Tyler.

“We’re just going to a little bigger spot,” says owner Scott Martin, who is unaffiliated with the east-side Play It Again.

The new space actually is much bigger, but not all of it will be retail space.

The current store is 3,100 square feet.

The retail portion at the new store will be 4,000 square feet. There also will be 5,400 square feet for new batting cages, which Play It Again doesn’t currently have.

The addition of the cages is partly to attract more people to the shop, which sells new and used sporting equipment.

Martin doesn’t want anyone to think he’s making this move because his business is booming.

“It’s been tough out there for a while,” he says. “It really has.”

All Sports to open new store at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops

WICHITA — For almost a year, Randy Staub has sold some of his All Sports merchandise within the Golf USA store at Chisholm Trail Center-Outlet & Retail Shops in Newton.

Now, he’s getting his own 4,500-square-foot space there.

“A couple of years ago, I don’t think I would have moved it to the Chisholm Trail, but they’ve done a great job being aggressive and getting it filled back up,” Staub says.

He’s closing his 1,400-square-foot shop in Derby prior to opening the Newton store.

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