Jill Landrith School of Dance to open in Delano

WICHITA — Longtime dance instructor Jill Landrith is reopening a dance studio, this time in Delano.

Wichita dancers know Landrith from Wichita Children’s Theatre & Dance Center and from when she owned the Nancy Hervey School of Ballet from 2004 to 2009.

They also know her mother, June Landrith, who founded the Metropolitan Ballet of Wichita, taught here and then moved to Topeka and opened a ballet school. Jill Landrith says her mother had hoped she might take over her business.

“If she were in town, absolutely no question. I would have jumped happily into her place,” she says. “My official line to her is, ‘There really isn’t a QuikTrip in Topeka.’”

There is in Delano, though, where Landrith will open Jill Landrith School of Dance at 1600 W. Douglas across from the Wichita Fish Co.

Since losing her sublease at her former school, Landrith has been at Children’s Theatre.

“They’re absolutely wonderful,” she says. Landrith wants to work with students more as they progress through their training, though.

“I’d like to have more of a customized training plan for the dancers,” she says. “I find that nowadays dancers need to be so well rounded.”

She and other instructors will teach ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, lyrical dance and yoga.

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PB&J Auction and Oddities to host first auction Saturday

WICHITA — A new auction house debuts in Wichita Saturday.

“Tomorrow’s the big day,” says Josh Ricketts.

He and Dick Challacomb are opening PB&J Auction and Oddities in Delano at 1600 W. Douglas. That’s across from the Wichita Fish Co.

“We just wanted to raise the bar a little bit and have an auction house that has more antiques … more unique and odd things where you can come in and enjoy a fun environment,” Ricketts says.

PB&J, which his 8-year-old daughter, Reagan, helped name after peanut butter and jelly, will sell new and antique furniture, early 20th-century memorabilia, medical memorabilia and antique advertising.

The company also will handle major estate sales and offer certified appraisal services.

Ricketts says PB&J also will offer consultation on antique pieces for free.

Auction previews will be every Saturday at 10 a.m. Auctions will follow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ricketts has been a manager at Kohl’s and JCPenney for the last 15 years.

Challacomb has Dick’s Junque & Treasures at 53rd and Seneca.

Ricketts says he wants people to know PB&J is a safe and reliable auction house.

“We’re going to make sure you understand what you’re getting when you walk out the door,” he says.

The important thing, he says, is that people come in and “know it’s a friendly place.”


Top Rocker, TCB Garage and American Veterans Hope Foundation open in Delano space

WICHITA — Motorcycle enthusiasts Jerry and Pam Jackson have opened Top Rocker in Delano to cater to other cyclists and the gear they might need.

“Just been trying to put things together,” Jerry Jackson says. “We’re not in a real big hurry because it’s not riding season.”

The Jacksons have 4,000 square feet at 1607 W. Douglas next to Wichita Fish Co.

Top Rocker sells apparel, accessories and gifts.

“Anything related to the needs of motorcycles or the riders,” Jerry Jackson says.

He also works for a business that is a maintenance subcontractor for Cessna Aircraft Co. Pam Jackson works for Via Christi Health.

“Eventually, one of us is going to give up our jobs and run the shop full time,” he says.

Jackson, who rides with the American Legion and is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, also will use the shop as a base for his new American Veterans’ Hope Foundation, a nonprofit that will help veterans and their families with “whatever the VA or the government is unable to . . . help them with.”

“We’ve started the foundation to be there for them.”

Shawn and Kathy Willson also have businesses within the Top Rocker building.

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