Along with all the recent retail activity in the 21st Street corridor near Greenwich and K-96, another couple of new buildings are filling up at the Village at Greenwich at the northeast corner of 21st and Greenwich.
All Paws Pet Center opened Tuesday in a new building along Greenwich where Dickey’s Barbecue Pit also will be opening.
The All Paws in the Tallgrass Shopping Center next to Dillons at 21st and Rock Road closed for two days so owner Paul Baumann could move it to the Village at Greenwich.
“Thirty-six hours of labor, and we gave birth to a healthy 8-pound, 6,000-square-foot store,” he jokes.
There’s also another 4,900 square feet left to lease in the building.
In a new building next to the All Paws building, there are four businesses that will be opening in coming months.
They are Twisted Stitch Boutique, which is moving from Delano; Edible Arrangements, which is the second one for Wichita following the NewMarket Square Edible opening last year; another new Mattress Hub, which will make the fifth for Wichita; and the previously announced Meddys Mediterranean restaurant.
Also, the new Salon Aspire will be opening in the same building as Freebirds World Burrito, which was the original retail center at the development.
“The location is prime right now,” Twisted Stitch partner Bobbi West says of the 21st Street corridor.
“That’s the one that is really booming,” she says. “The way that they’re doing that area over there is just amazing.”
Twisted Stitch sells clothing for men and women along with shoes and accessories. West says she carries junior sizes through what she calls extended women’s sizes.
“That is something that we really try to let everybody know.”
She hopes the business will be open by the second week of April or the beginning of May at the latest.
That’s about the time that construction will start on Meddys, which will then open about three months after that.
“I’m super excited about the space,” owner Alex Harb says. “I think it’s going to be a big hit for Meddys.”
On the day his first Meddys near Harry and Rock Road opened in late 2014, Harb says there was a line out the door without anyone even knowing about the brand.
With this second location, he says that “a lot of people are asking about it.”
“So imagine,” he says of what the response could be this time around.
Harb says the first Meddys has about 2,500 customers a week.
“The brand exceeded the expectations, honestly.”
With the second space, he says, “It’s just going to add value to the brand.”
Edible Arrangements franchisee Chaz Wolfe says the Village at Greenwich is ideal for his second Wichita store because it leaves room for him to one day open a third that’s more centrally located.
“It’s just kind of a thought,” he says.
Wolfe and his wife, Julie, also have four Edible Arrangements stores in Kansas City where they live.
The chain sells bouquets made of fruit instead of flowers. It also has fruit dipped in chocolate, including some grab-and-go pieces instead of arrangements only, and a smoothie bar.
Wolfe says the store, which will be in 1,400 square feet, should be open by April 18.
Casi Nelson says her Salon Aspire will be open by April 1.
She says her drive in business and life inspired the name for the salon.
“I just always want to aspire to do more and do greater things,” she says. Another goal is to “just have more impact within the community, too.”
Nelson has been a stylist at Beehive Salon for 13 years.
“I just wanted to continue my journey and venture out on my own.”
She’ll have six stations, which means there’s room for as many as 12 full-time and part-time stylists. Nelson is hiring now.
“It’s just a thriving area, and I just felt it was in a need of a salon,” she says.
Scott Harper and Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the new leases at the center.
Baumann says moving his All Paws to a new space was a lot of work.
“You just don’t have any idea how much.”
He says it’s not like opening a new store.
“Moving a store is completely different.”
Baumann says there’s still “going to be be a lot of tweaking” at the store, but “for the most part we’re limping along.”