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One of Wichita’s longtime favorite older restaurants may be moving

Friday, October 11 2019 11:22 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
One of Wichita’s longtime favorite older restaurants may be moving. Cafe Bel Ami has been in the O’Rourke Title Building downtown for more than 20 years. Owner Nabil Bacha says he can’t even remember how long it’s been. He’s more concerned with the future at the moment and where might be best to move. “I think… Read Article

Husband and wife become glass gurus to help homeowners with window repairs

Friday, October 4 2019 2:39 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Valarie and Michael Gomm considered a number of franchises before settling on Glass Guru of Wichita. There are about 80 Glass Guru franchises nationally, but none are in Kansas. “We saw that as an opportunity,” Michael Gomm says. Even more, he says, they saw an opportunity to help people. “We thought it was a service that … Read Article

Think you remember the old Coleman Co. space? Cocoa Dolce has a surprise

Wednesday, October 2 2019 5:00 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
Anyone who has ever stepped into the longtime Coleman Co. space at the southwest corner of Second and St. Francis likely would be stunned to see it now. The once-industrial space has become a gleaming, modern headquarters for Cocoa Dolce, and the transformation of the 21,000-square-foot building is proving transformational for the 60-person company, to… Read Article

A very happy told-you-so Trader Joe’s opening date

Friday, September 20 2019 5:00 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
In a very happy case of we told you so, Trader Joe’s now confirms it is going to open at Bradley Fair on Oct. 11. Last month, sources told Have You Heard? it looked like it would be more like October when the doors open. Previously, a Trader Joe’s spokeswoman said the store would open by the end of the year. A few minutes be… Read Article

Coming to Revolutsia: a collaborative project that’s just a little hard to explain

Thursday, September 19 2019 5:08 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
The latest Revolutsia lease is a little difficult to explain, but Courtney Bengtson says things should be a little more clear by move-in early next year. Bengtson is director of strategic initiatives for the Wichita Community Foundation. The Foundation is partnering with the Knight Foundation on a project that they hope will enhan… Read Article

Gun distributorship opens, and a firearms store and shooting academy will follow

Tuesday, September 17 2019 2:11 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A search for a warehouse led John Hwang of Auburn, Wash., to Wichita. And he’s ended up with much more than just a building. In addition to a warehouse for his Rainier Arms gun distributorship, Hwang also now has a house here and is reopening a gun range and retail shop at the former Thunderbird Firearms Academy at 2831 N.… Read Article

First of two TGC Group Opportunity Zone projects kicks off

Tuesday, September 10 2019 5:48 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
BY CARRIE RENGERS SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 05:00 AM, UPDATED SEPTEMBER 10, 2019 09:48 PM       Now that Mead’s Corner has been demolished, what’s next for the northwest corner of Douglas and Emporia? First, a lot of site work. “Interestingly enough if you think about it, there’s some of that dirt that hasn&rsquo… Read Article

REI Co-op now confirms its Wichita store, which will include a full-service bike shop

Thursday, August 29 2019 9:26 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
REI Co-op now confirms what Have You Heard? reported in July. The Seattle-area cooperative is taking 20,000 square feet at Greenwich Place at K-96 and Greenwich. It’s already under construction along Greenwich at the west side of the development. The outdoor store will open in the spring. REI carries men’s, wom… Read Article

It’s going to be a bit of a wait, but east Wichita is getting some more taco options

Monday, August 26 2019 9:27 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A couple of years ago, talk first circulated that Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos was coming to Wichita. The company said that wasn’t the case, but something clearly has changed. Torchy’s now has a lease for the former Mattress Firm space at 21st and Rock Road. That’s also the former Clark’s … Read Article

Thrive Restaurant Group thinks the world could use a little Peace, Love and Pie

Wednesday, August 21 2019 4:25 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Who can’t get behind a little Peace, Love and Pie? That’s what Jon Rolph and his team at Thrive Restaurant Group are banking on with their latest concept. “We really believe that a lot of people have an emotional connection to pie,” Rolph says. He says that could be from when their moms or grandmothers made… Read Article

On the agenda: a nightclub, a winery and, ah, tanks

Wednesday, August 21 2019 1:23 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
There’s an application for a nightclub on the planning commission’s agenda this week, but it’s not exactly what it looks like. Jennifer McDonald has applied for the license in order to have music at Jenny Dawn Cellars. That’s the urban winery, as she calls it, that’s going to open in October at Union Station. The city classifies any ven… Read Article

Second Tommy’s Express Car Wash also strategically planned for the west side

Tuesday, August 20 2019 1:40 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
UPDATED — The same group opening a Tommy’s Express Car Wash along restaurant row on South Ridge Road between Maple and Kellogg plans a second one near 13th and Tyler. “We like that area and how it’s developing,” says Banks Floodman of Sunflower Development Group, who represents Tommy’s f… Read Article

Hyatt Place finally to break ground at Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus

Tuesday, August 20 2019 10:41 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
It’s taken longer than planned, but Wichita State University is ready to break ground on the 106-room Hyatt Place at Braeburn Square on the school’s Innovation Campus. The approximately $15 million hotel will have a restaurant and bar, an indoor pool, meeting spaces and a fitness center not far from S… Read Article

Restaurant row in west Wichita soon to be home to new business that’s not a restaurant

Tuesday, August 13 2019 1:44 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
UPDATED — Restaurant row along Ridge Road between Maple and Kellogg is getting another new business, but it’s not a restaurant. Emeli Kate, a nail and eyelash extension salon, is going to open this fall between Abuelo’s and Firehouse Subs. The business may sound like it’s named for a woman, but Bao Vo&nbs… Read Article

Retailer set to start construction at the Waterfront

Thursday, August 8 2019 3:50 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Brothers Pat and Paul Graf are ready to start construction on their new Accent Lighting store not quite three years after announcing that they’re moving to the Waterfront. “Mainly the big difference will be the size of the showroom,” Paul Graf says. Their current store in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn i… Read Article

Wichita restaurant about to reopen with new name, full bar and a crazy burger challenge

Wednesday, August 7 2019 8:53 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
You might recall that Army veteran Steve Field opened his new The Foxhole Veterans Loungeon the Fourth of July in the space at 6305 E. Harry that was formerly occupied by The Annex Lounge — then closed it a week later. Now, he’s ready to reopen and will do so on Friday with a slightly new name, a full bar, an adjust… Read Article

Restaurant chain to expand with Greenwich Place site and convert to updated concept

Tuesday, August 6 2019 2:23 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Schlotzsky’s franchisees J.J. and Hortencia Ramsey are preparing to remodel and rebrand their four Wichita restaurants and add a fifth restaurant as well. Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, named for the Texas city where the chain started in 1971, is going to open late this year next to Blaze Pizza in Greenwich Place at … Read Article

Major new entertainment complex coming to Towne East Square next year

Monday, August 5 2019 2:22 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
A major new entertainment venue is coming to Towne East Square. No one is discussing it yet, but Round 1 — a combination bowling, arcade, billiards, karaoke, ping pong, darts and dining venue — will open at the mall by about this time next year. Shoppers have noticed construction at the lower level of the mall in the JCPenney wi… Read Article

One more good piece of Trader Joe’s news

Monday, August 5 2019 9:02 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
For everyone crazy excited about Trader Joe’s opening in Wichita — and there are many — there’s more good news. The wait isn’t going to take as long as expected. In April, Have You Heard? first reported that the the much-requested California grocery chain is “taking the necessary steps” to open in the former Fresh Market&n… Read Article

Another medical company to build headquarters near K-96 and Webb Road

Tuesday, July 23 2019 3:48 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
For the first time, Serenity Health Management is going to own its own space with new headquarters near K-96 and Webb Road, which is something of a medical corridor in Wichita. “We are looking forward to controlling our own destiny a little bit more,” says president Lars Stamp. The company, which started with Serenity Home Health … Read Article
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