Monique and Roger Haynes-Robertson already have one of the most successful Sport Clips Haircuts franchises in the country at NewMarket Square , and they think they're going to have another winner by opening a new salon at Tallgrass Centre at 21st and Rock Road, where Papa John's Pizza used to be.
"We've been thinking about it since we opened the west store," Monique Haynes-Robertson says of an east-side store.
The Haynes-Robertsons also have one in Derby.
Monique Haynes-Robertson says the Jimmy's Egg at Tallgrass Centre is doing well there.
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"That piqued my interest."
She likes that it's near Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods , too.
The sports-themed salon caters to men and boys only.
"It's a busy intersection and a lot of traffic, so I think it's ideal," she says.
The 1,400-square-foot space will have eight stations and feature a new design.
"This one is going to look state-of-the-art in comparison to the other two," Monique Haynes-Robertson says.
There will be flat panel TVs at every station, and each of the chairs will have a massage feature.
"There's just some added perks," she says.
Next the Haynes-Robertsons will renovate their store at NewMarket, where they'll be signing another 5-year lease.
The Derby Sport Clips already has some upgrades and eventually will be completely remodeled as well.
"It's still going to have the sports theme and locker-room feel," Monique Haynes-Robertson says of the new design.
The new Sport Clips will open in June.
April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.
Monique Haynes-Robertson says of the more than 600 Sport Clips franchises in the country, the NewMarket store consistently ranks in the top five for sales.
While the average Sport Clips sees 300 to 400 customers a week, NewMarket's has 600 to 700 a week.
"Location is probably 75 percent of it out there, but I think the east will be just as successful," Monique Haynes-Robertson says.
She says Wichita's aircraft industry helps, too.
"We cater to middle-income people," she says. "It's a perfect fit."
What Old Town needs
Oeno Wine Bar is expanding.
The Old Town bar currently has 3,500 square feet and a 60-seat outdoor patio.
Owner Melad Stephan is now subleasing an extra 2,000 square feet behind Oeno from Associated advertising next door.
He'll use 800 square feet for a party room.
Stephan isn't sure what he'll use the rest of the space for.
"I've got to figure out what (does) Old Town need?"
That could be a small grocery, which Stephan says Old Town lacks.
"It has to be the right spot."
Or he may turn the space into a smoking lounge.
Stephan also now will be able to extend his patio even farther for another 40 or so seats.
He says that will allow him to hire regional music groups that draw more people.
"That's going to be a huge patio."
Mom and pop move
After 22 years at 2849 N. Broadway, the Family Cafe is moving in a couple of weeks — but not far.
Lewis Shurtz, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Vickie , estimates they're moving about 50 feet south.
Shurtz says his landlord renovated the building next door, so the restaurant will move there.
"It's all brand-new," he says. "It's going to be really nice."
The old building will be razed for parking.
The restaurant still will be open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday for what Shurtz describes as "home cookin'."
One change, though, is the Family Cafe will begin accepting credit cards.
That's a big change, Shurtz says.
"We're really (an) old mom and pop here."
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"When I said, 'Come out, come out wherever you are,' they did."
—April Reed of Slawson Cos. , whose prior plea for commercial activity was answered with three new deals