Wichita Guitar Works to close in June

WICHITA — Two years after opening, Wichita Guitar Works is closing.

“Unfortunately, it’s just a numbers game,” says co-owner Curt Mitchell. “The bottom line is the numbers are the numbers.”

Where the numbers were was an issue as well.

“Honestly, 85 percent of our business has been online,” Mitchell says. “It was probably closer to 90 percent.”

He and Chris Glamann and Scott Kern opened the store at 1716 E. Douglas next to the Donut Whole in September 2012, and Kern left shortly after.

“We’ve always had a great reaction to the shop just as far as the overall aesthetics and what we were trying to do,” Mitchell says.

Keeping enough inventory, though, “just proved too daunting of a task, I’m afraid.”

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Shine Salon to move to Sunburst Plaza

UPDATED — There’s a new tenant coming to Phil Ruffin’s Sunburst Plaza at 1725 at 1725 E. Douglas, which may be better known as the home of Tanya’s Soup Kitchen.

Shine Salon is moving into 2,500 square feet next to the former Integrity Auto Group space at the center.

“We’ve kind of been looking to expand, to grow our business,” says Val Sigg, who owns the business with his wife, Casey. “Our business has been fantastic.”

The salon will celebrate five years at 110 N. Hillside on March 18.

Currently, Shine has six styling chairs and eight stylists.

“We’re trying to accommodate 14 hair stylists at our new space,” Sigg says. “We are actively looking for … hair stylists to come work with us over there.”

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Wichita Guitar Works to open next to Donut Whole on East Douglas

Curt Mitchell (from left), Chris Glamann and Scott Kern of the new Wichita Guitar Works.

WICHITA — A new guitar and amplifier shop is in the works next to the Donut Whole on East Douglas.

Curt Mitchell, Chris Glamann and Scott Kern plan to open Wichita Guitar Works on Aug. 1 at 1716 E. Douglas.

The three used to sell and service guitars and amplifiers at Glamann’s GMI Music and Sound. That store, which was on West Central, closed in 2000.

“We’ve always talked about when the time was right, we wanted to do something again,” Mitchell says. “It’s the business we all love.”

Several factors forced the other shop to close.

“At that time, the sale of musical instruments on the Internet began to be real strong,” Mitchell says. Also, he says competition from chain stores was a factor, as was construction along Central.

“We just had some trouble keeping it going.”

He doesn’t expect the same issues now.

“Just in the last couple of years we really felt like the time was right again,” Mitchell says.

He says the retail climate has changed, and shoppers now seek local stores with specialized merchandise and service.

“There’s a big movement right now with what’s called boutique guitar shops,” Mitchell says.

He says he and his partners plan to sells guitars that are “made by people, not made by machines.”

“You can’t walk into every shop in Wichita and see these kinds of instruments.”

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