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SCHEELS announces it will open at Wichita’s Towne East mall

Thursday, July 15 2021 2:03 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
An employee-owned all sports retailer, SHEELS, is excited to announce its second Kansas location. The new store will open in spring of 2023 in Wichita’s Towne East Square, located in the old Sears store. SCHEELS CEO Steve M. Scheel said that they have been studying the market for several years and are excited to be a part of the Town East Square development. They also w… Read Article

E-commerce retailer Carvana brings car delivery to Wichita – but sorry, no fancy vending machine

Wednesday, June 30 2021 7:08 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Carvana, the Arizona-based e-commerce car dealer, is now delivering cars in the Wichita market. The retailer, which offers vehicle delivery in about 300 cities nationwide, announced the news that residents in the Wichita area can now shop from an online listing of 30,000 used cars, sell or trade-in their car, and schedule fast pick-up or deli… Read Article

A new breakfast spot is going up amid the new construction in Wichita’s Delano District

Wednesday, June 30 2021 3:50 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A new coffee shop and breakfast eatery is coming to 143 N.l McLean Blvd. in Wichita. Mokas Café, which also operates in Hays and Salina, Kansas, has also just broken ground on a free-standing Wichita café and plans to have it open early next year. It will serve coffee plus breakfast items, wraps, salads, burgers, desserts and more. J… Read Article

Amtrak talks passenger train service; Wichita part of discussion

Wednesday, June 9 2021 2:19 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Amtrak will discuss the vision for passenger train service connecting the Amtrak Southwest Chief in Newton with the Amtrak Texas Eagle in fort Worth. The proposal would extend the Heartland Flyer from its current Oklahoma City service into both Wichita and Newton, which would ten connect passengers to the current Southwest Chief which runs from Chicago to Los Angeles. Am… Read Article

TopGolf will build $25.8M facility at K-96, Greenwich in joint venture with BigShots

Friday, May 28 2021 5:24 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
TopGolf is now headed to K-96 and Greenwich after it was initially expected to build its first located at 13th and Greenwich. It will be a joint venture with BigShots, the similar but smaller driving range concept which was also originally going to have its own location at K-96 and Greenwich. The project will be located just north of the Greenwich Place… Read Article

NewMarket Square is getting a new fashion retailer in the old Dressbarn space

Monday, May 24 2021 2:19 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
It looks like the national retailer Buckle is planning to open a sttore location at NewMarket Square, an outdoor shopping center in northwest Wichita. Buckle's signage recently went up in the windows of the former Dressbarn space that says "coming soon". There are two unknowns- those being when the store will open, and what the opening of this new store mea… Read Article

Renovated Naftzger Park will be the site of an outdoor market with food, adult beverages

Tuesday, May 11 2021 6:35 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Wichita will have another outdoor market to choose from this summer, and this one will be set up in the heart of downtown Wichita. Shop & Grub is the market which will be held monthly until October. It will take place at the newly renovated Naftzger Park at Douglas and St. Francis, and features a stage, teleprompter, and large green space. Fest… Read Article

Wichita is witnessing the birth of yet another homegrown good franchise

Thursday, March 25 2021 3:21 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Max Sheets started Chick N Max in 2017 and now is offering the business as a multiunit franchise for the first time. Sheet says they have learned a lot along the way and have really perfected their process. That’s when he knew it was time to start franchising. The pandemic also taught him some things, too. Although the last year was a challenge for the fas… Read Article

Wichita is witnessing the birth of yet another homegrown good franchise

Thursday, March 25 2021 3:21 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Max Sheets started Chick N Max in 2017 and now is offering the business as a multiunit franchise for the first time. Sheet says they have learned a lot along the way and have really perfected their process. That’s when he knew it was time to start franchising. The pandemic also taught him some things, too. Although the last year was a challenge for the fa… Read Article

Amazon supplier Pratt Industries to build massive warehouse in Park City

Monday, December 21 2020 8:51 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Even before Amazon finally confirmed in October that it is building a massive new warehouse in Park City, Pratt Industries had started making plans for its own large warehouse, office and production facility there. The Georgia-based company, which bills itself “America’s 5th largest corrugated packaging company and the wo… Read Article

Where to see Wichita area’s best drive-by Christmas light displays in 2020

Monday, December 14 2020 3:06 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
For years, the same homeowners take it upon themselves to decorate for the season. However, in 2020 many of them are taking it more serious as more events are cancelled due to COVID. Here is a list of Wichita’s most popular at-home light up Christmas displays: Wichita: 924 N. Perry (pictured above) Wichita: 727 N. Golden Hills, near 119th and Central W… Read Article

Diva Design & Furniture Gallery opens at Waterfront with a new look and merchandise

Tuesday, November 3 2020 2:11 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
The rebranded Diva Design & Furniture Gallery is now open in its new space at Accent Lighting’s new 25,000-square-foot store at the Waterfront. Diva Design, at 10322 E. Stonegate Lane, just east of Bonefish Grill, is similar in size to its former space at 1719 N. Rock Road behind Havertys. The look and feel of the store… Read Article

With Downtown Pop-up Park Closing Soon, Food Trucks Will Soon Have a Permanent Spot at Naftzger Park

Friday, August 28 2020 1:24 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Downtown Wichita's beloved pop-up park will close Sept. 1, but it won't be long before two food truck stalls reopen down the street at the redeveloped Naftzger Park. "We are planning on hopefully in the next two to three weeks bringing those spots back and having the food trucks there on a more permanent basis," says Troy Houtman, direc… Read Article

A Major Renovation That’s ‘really, really important for downtown’ Is Coming Soon

Monday, August 24 2020 2:48 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Another major renovation is coming to a struggling downtown Wichita property, this time at 125 N. Market. “We want to take this building back to something Wichita’s proud of,” Will Harmon said. He and Sean Crawford — both native Wichitans in the real estate business — are leading the redevelopment of the 1962 building, which at… Read Article

Take A Sneak Peek at the New REI Co-op Opening at Greenwich Place on Friday

Thursday, August 20 2020 2:23 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
(REI will open their new Wichita store this Friday at 10 a.m. The store specializes in outdoor gear like camping and hiking supplies). It’s three months later than planned, but REI Co-op finally is opening at Greenwich Place this week. If you’re not familiar with the outdoor store, the ice axes that serve as front door handles offer a cl… Read Article

Will Coronavirus Be the End of the Corporate Office?

Wednesday, July 15 2020 7:22 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
(Slated for completion in spring 2021, the Waterford Building in Omaha, Nebraska, will feature touch freeEnhances and germ-resistant flooring and seating surfaces.)                 The world right now is an uncertain place right now. And, with all the uncertainty, many of us are trying to establish a routine for what will hopefully be a short a… Read Article

Wichita's Downtown Revitalization Serves as Catalyst For New Project

Tuesday, July 14 2020 7:33 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Wichita has been experiencing a strong downtown revitalization that has brought construction of new and redeveloped office, retail and mixed-­use projects throughout its urban core over the past few years. Two years ago, companies began relocating downtown as shifting workplace de­mographics incorporated close prox­imity, "live, work, play" amenities in order to grow thei… Read Article

It looks like Amazon has much bigger plans for the Wichita area than one warehouse

Tuesday, July 7 2020 9:25 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
The news that Amazon is bringing a 140,000-square-foot warehouse to Wichita was big, but the company apparently has some much bigger news to come in Park City, which may include Neodesha’s AgEagle Aerial Systems. No one is talking yet, particularly Park City officials, but there’s a warehouse — with more than 1 million square feet … Read Article

City confirms Amazon distribution center is coming to northeast Wichita

Thursday, July 2 2020 5:45 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A speculative warehouse building in northeast Wichita will be the site of an Amazon distribution center — a huge grab for Wichita's industrial market. The city announced the news Thursday. "There have been rumors spreading that Wichita was in the running for one of the smaller distribution sites for Amazon and I just want to confirm that is true," Mayor … Read Article

Newest tenant at downtown retail incubator is for the plant lovers

Tuesday, June 16 2020 3:11 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A new business specializing in all things house plants will be the latest to join The Garage at Cleveland Corner, an incubator for retail start-ups at 1st Street and Cleveland Avenue. GROW Giesen Plant Shop plans to open Aug. 28 in a 500 square-foot space at the retail center, which is already home to The Workroom and Birney's Snack Shop. The Workroom's Janelle K… Read Article
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