RElove All Things Shabby to move, though not far, and expand

UPDATED — There’s already a lot of love at Central and Woodlawn, and there’s about to be even more.

“It has been fantastic,” Rhonda Gribble says of business at RElove All Things Shabby, which she and Stacy McCarty opened in November.

The store is in 1,800 square feet behind Williams Ace Hardware on Central just west of Woodlawn and sells repurposed furniture.

On April 1, it’s moving into the former Roo Grayson space — that store moved next to Ace — at 515 N. Woodlawn next to Great Harvest Bread. That’s 5,600 square feet, which will allow them to have room for nine other vendors.

“It has to be all handmade, repurposed stuff to have booth space with us,” Gribble says. “We specialize in repurposing, refurnishing, reloving, recycling (and) upcycling … gently used furniture.”

Invio Fine Furniture Consignment is on the other side of Great Harvest.

“I don’t want to compete with her,” Gribble says.

To differentiate her furniture, Gribble says she and her vendors will use plaster paint only.

RElove also will have consignment furniture, smaller items such as jewelry and candles and will continue to offer a variety of classes.

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Roo Grayson to move, expand

UPDATED — Four years after opening Roo Grayson just north of Central and Woodlawn, Karla and Julian Binns plan to reopen their store just west of the intersection. They’re moving to a former medical building they purchased at 6200 E. Central next to Williams Ace Hardware.

“It’s three times the size,” Karla Binns says. “It’s scary. It’s very scary, but it’s extremely exciting.”

The existing space at 515 N. Woodlawn is more than 6,000 square feet. The new space is almost 18,000 square feet.

Elyssa Seymour and Steve Martens of NAI Martens handled the deal.

Binns says the move, which she hopes will happen in September, will allow her to sell more bedding and furniture and have a bigger design center and a new rug line. The store also will add a silk floral department with the move.

Since former neighbor Twigs closed, Binns says, “We have so much traffic for that kind of thing.”

She says she’s been listening to customers and what they say they want to buy. Binns says she knows sometimes people go outside of Wichita to find what they want.

“I know it’s fun to go out of town and shop,” she says. “I’m trying to do my best to bring what everyone is asking for to Wichita.”

Louie’s Coffee Dive replacement at Williams Ace Hardware is under consideration

WICHITA — Raymond Dondlinger is still contemplating what to do with the space that Louie’s Coffee Dive vacated at his family’s Williams Ace Hardware in Goddard.

The coffee shop lasted less than a year.

Dondlinger says he may take over the space or allow someone else to.

“I don’t have a direction as of yet,” he says. “I really do need to find something that fits that Goddard community the best.”

That could be a business such as a coffee shop, a flower shop or even a barber shop.

Dondlinger says he may find a use for it himself.

“I could see myself going further into the retail market somehow,” he says.

Chez Belle salon to move to Mill Creek

WICHITA — Chez Belle, a salon that’s been near Central and Woodlawn for 11 years, is moving to the Mill Creek shopping center on the northeast corner of Central and Rock.

Owner Michaela Santiago says she’s ready to “grow the business and get a little bit more visibility from the street.”

Currently, she says, the salon is a little hard to see behind the Williams Ace Hardware store.

“We’ve hired some new stylists, and we’re going to start doing more … package spa-type items,” Santiago says. She says she wants to help the newer stylists build their clientele by being more visible. Chez Belle has 11 stylists.

Don Piros and Ken Saville of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Santiago says the salon offers a range of services but focuses mostly on hair and skin.

Chez Belle is in 1,800 square feet.

“We’re pretty spoiled right now,” Santiago says. “We’ve got a lot of space.”

The new space, which will open April 2, is 1,620 square feet. Santiago says the trade-off for more visibility will be worth it.

“We’re making every square inch count.”

PrairieLand Partners to consolidate Andover store with Wichita site

WICHITA — PrairieLand Partners, the company that sold American Bikes 4 You its new building, is making some changes of its own.

The McPherson-based John Deere dealership, which has nine stores in south-central Kansas, formed in 2008. Conrady Western, which bought Suburban Equipment and its building at 12345 E. Kellogg, and two other dealerships formed the company.

In 2009, PrairieLand moved from the East Kellogg store to 307 W. U.S. 54 in Andover.

Saturday is that store’s last day in business.

“We’re just rearranging some of our resources,” says PrairieLand CEO Doug Neufeld. “Our overhead was just a challenge there.”

Most of the store will consolidate into PrairieLand’s Wichita store at 2218 S. West St.

The company sold its Purina animal products line to the Williams Ace Hardware in Andover, but it’s moving its large ag products, farm equipment and turf products to West Street.

“We’re going to do it all out of one location,” Neufeld says.

The company also is reinvesting in its Winfield store, where it has added on a new service shop.

The changes, Neufeld says, are because he’s “trying to fine tune our business a little bit.”

Louie’s Coffee Dive to open in new Williams Ace Hardware in Goddard

WICHITA — A new coffee shop is going to open in the same building where the new Williams Ace Hardware is opening at 199th and U.S. 54 in Goddard next month.

Louie’s Coffee Dive is coming to the space and will have a drive-through as well.

It looks like some of the same people who once were involved in Mike’s Wine Dive and the Gaslamp Grille & Lounge in Wichita are involved in Louie’s as well.

Corey Gonzalez, the former marketing director at Mike’s and the now-closed Gaslamp, is handling a lot of the details on the opening. He didn’t return numerous calls to comment.

It sounds like former Mike’s and Gaslamp owner Whitney VinZant is a partner in this venture as well. He couldn’t be reached for comment, either.

Sources say plans call for this to be the first of a chain of Louie’s Coffee Dives.

The hardware store’s grand opening is April 13 to 15. It’s not clear when Louie’s will open.

 

Dondlinger and Sons Construction to open Williams Ace Hardware stores in Goddard and Andover

WICHITA — The Dondlinger family may best be known for its construction company, but now it’s expanding its hardware store business, too.

Dondlinger and Sons Construction is opening two Williams Ace Hardware stores in coming months.

The first will have a March 30 grand opening, with a soft opening about a week before, in the former White’s Foodliner building in Goddard.

The family bought the former grocery at 199th and U.S. 54 in November. At the time, Raymond Dondlinger, who is in operations and business development for the construction and hardware companies, told Have You Heard? he wasn’t ready to share plans.

The Dondlingers also are working on a second store in the former Ace Hardware in Andover at 642 N. Andover Road. That store should open about a month after the one in Goddard.

This is in addition to the Williams Ace Hardware the Dondlingers bought at Central and Woodlawn in May.

The business was started by the family’s maternal grandfather, Jim Williams, in 1958 and most recently was owned by his namesake son.

“It’s still a family-owned business,” Raymond Dondlinger says. It’s one he says the family would like to grow.

“We saw … a need out in Goddard,” he says. “Being in Goddard, it will probably be … more agricultural based.”

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