The former Alan Appliance Service building at 1300 E. Central is going to be the new home of Community Housing Services .
"We try to build houses for low-to-moderate income people," says the nonprofit's Danny Jakub .
Jakub is the contractor for houses the group builds and renovates, and he's also the contractor converting the 8,000-square-foot former shop into offices.
Community Housing currently is in Providence Square (formerly KenMar ) at 13th and Oliver.
Community Housing's rent was going to go up due to renovations the new owners of the center made.
"It was going to increase our lease by quite a bit, so it became more feasible for us to purchase a building," Jakub says.
Former Alan Appliance owner Gene Hutto built the building in 1971 on land Charles Koch once owned.
Hutto sold the shop in 2000. The owners were paying him for the building, so when they went bankrupt, he took it back.
But there was no business left to sell.
Spurrier Chemical next door bought the building and has now sold it to Community Housing.
The plan is to have the space ready by Feb. 1.
"I'm going to be in a world of hurt if I don't," Jakub says.
When Ashley Stanley graduated from McPherson College in 2008, she hoped to get a job using her graphic design degree.
"The economy has made it pretty difficult for that," she says.
So while doing freelance graphic design, Stanley continued the baking she started at her mother's former kitchen store, Kitchen Connection , in Great Bend.
"It's been kind of a side hobby of mine," Stanley says. "Then I decided, you know, I really love to bake. I love to combine my love of art and cooking. Why not take a chance and start something?"
So she's debuting her new Cupcakery business (www.thecupcakerylady.com)for Valentine's Day.
Stanley will continue baking out of her mother's former space and have drop points (such as Brick's at Bradley Fair ) "to kind of break into the market and kind of get a feel for things in Wichita."
She'll serve the Great Bend market also.
Stanley is trying to set herself apart with unusual flavor combinations and offerings like cherry limeade cake.
If things go well, Stanley says, "I might want to take a leap and see where it can go from there" with a storefront.
"That's kind of the purpose of this, just to see how everything goes over."
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