Picture Framing & More is leaving Old Town Square because of a lack of business, but next-door neighbor Hana Cafe is expanding into that space because its business is doing so well.
Since the 13-year-old Hana Cafe moved from 306 N. Rock Road to Old Town four years ago, business has tripled, says Eunice Kim , who owns the business with her husband, Jay .
During that time, the popularity of sushi, which is only part of what Hana sells, seems to have grown.
"Every single table has sushi," Eunice Kim says.
Now, the Kims want to capitalize on the sushi craze and the trend of young people who enjoy partying with music, sushi and sake in the evenings.
The Kims plan to completely remodel their 1,500 square feet and the similarly sized frame shop, which will close at the end of June.
Hana will remain open in its current space while the frame shop space is remodeled. Then, the restaurant will move to the remodeled side while the original restaurant space is remodeled.
The Kims plan a sushi bar with about 10 seats, a sake bar with a range of sake and other drinks, and a stage for live music.
Remodeling won't start until August. It will take about two months or so to complete, Eunice Kim says.
Once that happens, she plans to adjust Hana's hours for a later crowd.
"We have a lot of young people come down here," Kim says.
Concerts at nearby Intrust Bank Arena bring a later crowd as well, she says.
Kim is still considering a sushi bar at WaterWalk , but those plans are on hold for now.
"I have to wait a little bit," she says. "You never know. Maybe some day."
Anything but easy
It's six months after the opening of Intrust Bank Arena , but the Eagles finally are coming to the venue June 30.
Back before the arena opened, there was a lot of speculation about what act would kick off the new venue.
The most popular pick was the Eagles, except they weren't on tour when the arena opened in January.
They are now. The band is on its Long Road Out of Eden tour.
The Eagles' website lists a number of upcoming dates, though none for Wichita.
When the Have You Heard? blog on Thursday first broke the news that the Eagles likely were coming, neither the Eagles' website nor concert promoter Live Nation's website had confirmation.
Later, Live Nation's site had the confirmation only to then take it down and finally put it back up again.
Finally, by late in the afternoon, Intrust Bank Arena put this on a sign just inside the entry (and visible from Kellogg):
"I gotta peaceful easy feeling."
Live Nation also then sent a news release, as did the arena.
American Express customers can buy advance tickets from 10 a.m. Wednesday through 10 p.m. June 6.
General ticket sales will begin at 10 a.m. June 7 at www.livenation.com, Select-A-Seat outlets and at 316-755-SEAT.
The Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban are special guests for a number of scheduled dates so far, but the Eagles will play solo in Wichita.
The Eagles last performed in Wichita in 2002.
KFTI changes formats
Alan Jackson may still sing "she's gone country," but KFTI, 1070-AM , no longer will play it.
The station has now gone oldies, with a format that includes pop and rock from the '60s, '70s and '80s.
The new call letters are KLIO .
For years, when radio listeners thought of classic country in Wichita they thought of KFDI , 1070-AM —later renamed KFTI — and powerhouse personalities like Johnny Western and the late Mike Oatman . Western retired last month.
No one with Journal could be reached for comment.
In a prepared statement, Eric McCart , vice president and general manager of the Wichita operations, explained the switch to oldies.
"There is a gap in the Wichita market that needs to be filled," he said.
Shadow to close
After June 19, Wichitans will no longer see their Shadow .
The 7-year-old bar near Central and Rock is closing.
"It's definitely tough to step aside," says general manager Mike Cline , whose mother, Diane , owns the bar.
"We have a couple of prospective buyers," Mike Cline says.
If a sale doesn't happen, the business will close.
"We just want to make sure people know that through June 19, it's business as usual," Cline says.
He says there are a lot of reasons the Shadow is closing.
"Business has been down," Cline says. "It's not the same as it used to be."
The Shadow opened in the former Grape space after that owner declared bankruptcy.
Mike Cline says a lot has happened at the bar in the years since, including weddings, parties and fundraisers.
On its last weekend, the Shadow will host the Red White and Blues benefit for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters on June 18 and plan a big party for the final night on June 19.
"That will be a whole weekend of going out in style."
You don't say
"I just feel like I have to be the one to stand up and say, 'Look at me. Retail does work in Old Town .' "
—Gary Gregory , owner of the 15-year-old First Gear shoe store in Old Town, who disagrees with Picture Framing & More owner Brett Osburn on the success of retail business in that area