Perhaps you'd like to be one of the "Church Basement Ladies "for Halloween or one of the "Guys and Dolls "characters.
Pick your favorite Crown Uptown Theatre show from the past 32 years, and there's a good chance theater owner Robert Brinkley will have a costume from it for you to rent.
Brinkley is opening Uptown Emporium & Costume Shop in the former Persian Bazaar space next to the Crown Uptown at Douglas and Hillside.
That also happens to be just across the street from where Campbell's Costume Emporium once was.
"We've kind of kicked the idea around for a long time," Brinkley says. "A lot of our stock... just sits around."
Customers will be able to rent costumes and related items.
"We'll use it as a costume shop for our shows, too," Brinkley says. "It'll support what we do at the Crown."
Barb Schoenhofer, a popular Wichita actress for many years, will manage Uptown Emporium.
She says the shop will offer theatrical supplies that actors might need as well.
Schoenhofer says that instead of selling costumes in a bag, which may contain items a customer does or doesn't need, Uptown Emporium can help personalize each rental.
Another longtime area actor, Craig Green , also will have his own Bling It On Jewelry area within Uptown Emporium.
Green often sells his glass jewelry at intermission at the Crown Uptown and Mosley Street Melodrama .
Eventually, Uptown Emporium will sell dance apparel and leotards.
First, Brinkley says his goal is to get open in time for Halloween.
Look for a grand opening Sept. 18.
After more than 60 years in Riverside, Moore Flowers is moving.
Owner Jodi Mitchell is moving the shop west to Maple and Maize Road. She'll be in the former Rolling Hills Flowers & Gifts space on the northeast corner.
"It's been a very difficult decision to make," says Mitchell, who has worked at Moore Flowers for 25 years and owned it for 10.
She says she's moving for a few reasons.
"I'll be closer to home," Mitchell says.
Also, she says, she sees other businesses moving away from her area near North High School on West 13th Street. The economy in general is playing a part in the move.
"I'm very optimistic," Mitchell says of how business will be in her new space.
Moore Flowers opened in about 1948. Mitchell thinks the original store was across the street from where it is now.
The store is a traditional floral shop, with fresh flowers, plants and some gift items. Mitchell provides flowers for weddings and other events as well.
Her current space is 2,000 square feet. The new space is 1,500 square feet.
Mitchell says nothing else will change but the location, which will open Oct. 1.
"We're still the same."
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