Construction woes at Central and West Street have compelled Curves owner Judy Fiegel to find new space.
Even though West Street is still under major construction farther south of the intersection, that's where she's moving.
Fiegel plans to open her new fitness center for women in late March or early April at 120 N. West St.
"It's finished on my side, so it's easy to get into," Fiegel says of construction.
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She likes the Douglas and West Street area because "there's a lot of girl things over here."
There's a salon, a nail place and a beauty school. Fiegel also likes that the new Bella Vita Bistro is there.
"I just thought it might be a real good fit," she says of moving there.
Fiegel says Dillons , her neighbor at Central and West, bought her out of her lease.
Construction on that Dillons is another thing prompting her to move.
Fiegel also has the Curves at 2610 S. Seneca.
"Both of them have been real successful till the last year or so," she says of her businesses.
The economy also has hurt.
"I think it's coming back," Fiegel says. "I've just got a good feeling about it."
Even if it doesn't, she says, "I love Curves so much, I am going to make this work no matter what."
Not this year
CBS announced this week that about 100 theaters nationally will broadcast the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in 3-D.
Wichita's Warren Theatres won't be one of them — at least not this time around.
"It's distributed by a company that we don't do business with," Bill Warren says.
He says this year's 3-D broadcasts are on somewhat of a trial basis.
"If it becomes popular, it's real simple: We'll do it."
He's already ready for it.
"We've got the Dolby 3-D process, which I think is the best in the world."
Fashion with an 'F'
It sounds like at least a couple of people are e-mailing photos around of the new Dustee's Fashion Accessories sign at NewMarket Square .
That's because the "F" in "Fashion" is missing.
One funny picture of three construction guys pondering the sign even wound up in the inbox of Jerry Jones of Slawson Cos. , the NewMarket developer.
"It is kind of funny," Jones says.
But it's not a mistake.
The "F" is coming as soon as the exterior of the building is finished being painted.
"They probably should have waited to put the sign up before the painting was done," Jones says.
In the meantime, it has provided a little laugh.
"I'm just wondering," Jones says, "if we should have a caption contest for the three guys looking at it."
As Ryan Schafer kept getting closer to graduating this May from Wichita State University with a degree in integrated marketing, the tough job market started hitting home.
"I either need to step up my game or the probability of my getting a job is slimmer and slimmer," he thought.
He'd like to work for Jajo , the advertising agency where he's been an intern for nine months, so he's waging a political campaign for the job.
Schafer asked the partners at Jajo whether he could hold a news conference there Thursday — but he wouldn't say why.
"This scares me," managing partner Steve Randa told him. "I'm putting a lot of trust in you not forcing you to tell me."
Schafer brought in his own podium, created media kits and actually lured TV stations to cover him.
"It was kind of overwhelming," Randa says. "It kind of blew me away how original it was."
And it's not over yet. Schafer has bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs (which he's sneaking into his bosses' yards overnight).
But will it all work?
"He is a very strong candidate," Randa says.
He joked with Schafer, "What happens if somebody declares they want to be a write-in?"
Whether or not Schafer gets the job in the end, Randa says he's put himself in a great light.
"It's hard not to like Ryan. He's a real contagious character."
You don't say
"I got quite a workout just listening to you."
—Sedgwick County commissioner Dave Unruh's response to a report Wednesday from Kristina Helmer , worksite wellness health educator for the county and self-described "fast talker"