For years, Mike Toyota was aware of the Bath Fitter franchise because a friend in Canada has three of them.
"He's done real well and had a good time doing it," Toyota says.
So he decided to start one in Wichita.
Toyota, who used to have a machine-building business in El Dorado, had something of a soft opening Tuesday in the Greenwich Business Park near K-96 and Greenwich.
"We're still ... a little bit under construction," he says.
His Bath Fitter space is at 11110 E. 26th St. North. Toyota has almost 6,000 square feet, almost 2,000 of which is showroom space.
The store will sell new showers and tubs, and liners for both. Bath Fitter has six- and 12-month no-interest financing plans.
Toyota thinks one Wichita site will probably be enough for his store.
"This one should do it," he says. "I bought big enough for at least a couple of years of growth."
Artistic Transformations owner Kathy Bagwell hopes to transform her business just a bit, if she's allowed.
Bagwell started her Delano business in 2004 to provide gardening and light landscaping, mostly to residential customers.
Now, she'd like to add a greenhouse next to her warehouse at 419 S. Osage St.
"I'm trying to develop my business a little bit more," Bagwell says.
"One idea was that I could store plants in the greenhouse over the winter for folks. Another idea was to grow, from seed, some plants I could then sell to my customers."
First, though, Bagwell needs approval for a zoning change from multifamily to limited commercial. The greenhouse would not be a retail outlet for customers.
Bagwell got the idea for her business after she was laid off as a computer analyst.
"I decided, well, this is what I like to do as a hobby, so I might as well expand on it."
She's glad she did.
"It's a whole lot better than the computer job."
You don't say
—The Candle Club's Louis Thompson , who doesn't want to talk about possible plans for moving the longtime Wichita institution to the former Bella Donna space or other potential sites