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Tour Wichita’s latest YMCA, which may be at WSU but is for the entire community

Sunday, January 19 2020 5:41 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Ronn McMahon knows that “state of the art” is an overused phrase, but the Greater Wichita YMCA president and CEO can’t stop using it to describe the new Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center at Wichita State University. McMahon said “the latest-and-greatest equipment” at this Y is black and gold —… Read Article

A longtime west Wichita salon and spa will have new owners in January

Tuesday, December 24 2019 12:01 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Charisma Inner Beauty, a 31-year-old salon and spa in west Wichita, will soon be in new hands. Robin Wolfe and her husband, Bob, have owned and operated the business since it was founded. In a news release, Wolfe said she is ready to close that chapter and start new adventures. "We were both ready for a change and the stars aligned to make this happen," … Read Article

Pie and home cooking are on the menu in the Spaghetti Works District as of Tuesday

Monday, December 16 2019 2:36 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Even without the promise of free pies for life, Hutton finished building the new downtown HomeGrown and Peace, Love & Pie restaurants more than two months early. That’s because Thrive Restaurant Group president Jon Rolph convinced his friend Ben Hutton and his firm to build th… Read Article

A roundup of Opportunity Zone projects getting off the ground in Wichita

Friday, December 13 2019 9:36 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
As we approach the end of 2019, Opportunity Zone projects seem to be getting off the ground in Wichita. There are at least four projects — that we know of publicly — that are underway. Scot Rigby, assistant city manager, said there could be more that investors or developers haven't shared. And more seem to be brewing. Rigby said the city … Read Article

Wichita Union Stockyards finally to open with its first concert

Friday, December 13 2019 5:00 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
It may have taken about two years longer than Mike and Tina Andra planned, but excitement hasn’t seemed to dim for their new Wichita Union Stockyards event center. “Ticket sales have just been crazy,” Mike Andra said. The almost 800-capacity venue is having a soft opening Saturday night that includes drinks, snacks and a concert by the Whiskey River … Read Article

Kansas City-based grocery chain enters the Wichita market with its first store

Wednesday, December 4 2019 4:07 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Wichita has a new grocery store, and it’s another win for Westway Plaza at the southwest corner of Pawnee and Seneca. El Rio Bravo Supermarket, a Kansas City-based chain, opened in about 28,000 square feet of the 200,000-square-foot shopping center on Wednesday. “Of course, the focus is on (the) Hispanic community,” says … Read Article

A local restaurant is about to get a big presence at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena

Thursday, November 21 2019 5:01 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
A growing local restaurant chain known for its Mediterranean fare will soon have a big presence in Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena. Meddys, Alex Harb’s restaurant that has three Wichita locations and a fourth on the way, will soon have spots on both the lower and upper concourses of the arena. The one on the lower concourse, which will … Read Article

Downtown technology hub close to opening, ‘And from that greater things will grow’

Wednesday, November 13 2019 4:27 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
The new Groover Labs won’t officially open until the new year, but owners Tracy Hoover and Curt Gridley have started showing off their downtown space through a few events, and they’ve opened the doors to the inaugural users of the $5 million technology hub. The former Printing Inc. building at 334… Read Article

A couple of familiar downtown dwellers are opening a new Old Town shop for men

Tuesday, November 5 2019 5:03 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
Businessman Rodney Horton not only purchased the buildings along East Douglas from Washington to part of the Larkspur space, he’s now opening a store there as well. He and former FNL Denim co-owner Levi Fitzmier are opening Standard Issue, a men’s clothing, accessory and gift shop, at 924 E. Douglas. I… Read Article

Wichita recycler expands again by bringing another company back under local ownership

Monday, November 4 2019 5:03 AM
Categorized In Local Trends
AllMetal Recycling has expanded yet again, this time by bringing a longtime Kansas company back under local ownership. Glickman Metal Recycling started in 1910 and sold to Oklahoma-based Yaffe Cos. in 2002. Last week, AllMetal purchased Glickman from Yaffe, which still has operations in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. Glickman ha… Read Article

CCIM forum: Commercial retail in Wichita slow to pick up on national trends

Monday, October 21 2019 2:40 PM
Categorized In Local Trends
By Shelby Reynolds   Some of the latest trends in commercial retail show we can expect to see more innovative entertainment and dining options. Clothing brands may open a store simply for customers to try on clothes and get fitted for sizes. Retailers have created temporary pop-up shops with interactive experiences to test their newest products. And the… Read Article

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
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