There's another new addition to the Wilson Estates Medical Park , Laham Development's 21-acre medical park at Wilson Estates Parkway and Webb Road.
Cypress Springs will be a 35,000-square-foot, 66-bed Alzheimer's and memory support residence with an emphasis on sophistication and individual service.
"We have developed Cypress Springs as a community where our own family members with memory loss would live," Phil Brosseau , one of three Cypress principals, said in a statement.
"As baby boomers, we know that people want more than an institutional environment," he said. "They want a comfortable residence that feels like their home."
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The community will be designed — through music, art and landscaping — to be engaging yet relaxing. There will be a variety of innovative activities within a comforting setting.
Brosseau has been in the hotel industry for more than three decades. Fellow principals Randy Box and Rob Garrett are teaming to bring a hospitality element to the development.
Cypress Springs will be the third community the three have built. The other two Cypress Springs residences recently opened in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Seniority Inc., a senior living company, will manage Cypress Springs, which will be hiring about 40 full- and part-time staff.
Construction will begin almost immediately.
Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal.
Dallas-based Curtis Group Architects is the project architect.
Cypress Springs will make the 10th medical office at the park, which started in 2003.
There are two sites left at the park. One is more than 100,000 square feet. The other is about 70,000 square feet.
A new office for Arthritis and Rheumatology Clinics of Kansas also recently was announced. It will be north of the Center for Women's Health .
Cypress Springs will be south of the Plastic Surgery Center .
"Their building is going to be very nice," says Cathy Erickson , vice president at Laham Development.
"We think that Cypress will be a great addition to the medical park."
Get your tutu, girls
Lots of girls just wanna have fun, and it's proving to be big business for Michelle Griggsby .
She owns the TuTu Girly Party Studio at 4065 N. Woodlawn and now has plans to add studios in Derby, Andover and Maize.
"It's a party studio for girls who dare to be fabulous," Griggsby says. "It's just where the girls can get together and hang out."
She got the idea after throwing parties for her daughter, 29-year-old Angel Chandler , when she was little.
"The parties just grew and grew and grew until someone said, 'You just need a party store.' "
Griggsby, who lives in Dallas, has studios in Texas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana and California.
Chandler lives here and assists her mother, though doesn't work at the studio full time.
Teanesha Newton is the manager for the 3,000-square-foot Bel Aire studio, which opened in September.
Griggsby has been throwing all kinds of events in Wichita, such as tea parties for 250 or more girls, for five years.
She also opened the Princess Galleria Boutique in a 3,600-square-foot, two-story house in the Green Elephant Village near Central and Hillside in February.
The boutique sells gift baskets, party balloons, favors and personalized gifts.
In addition to renting her studio for parties, Griggsby has a social club called Wichita Little Ladies Club for girls ages 4 to 16. They meet, according to age groups, at the studio to paint nails, do homework and visit.
"It's really a cool concept," she says.
Griggsby has a deal for 4,200 square feet at 620 N. Rock Road in Derby for her next TuTu studio, which will open Dec. 6.
She's also close to a deal for 3,000 square feet of studio space near Kellogg and Andover Road. She hasn't found space in Maize yet, but she's focused on that next.
For close to 30 years now, it seems Griggsby is always focused on that next party.
"It's a vision that kind of evolved into an empire."
You don't say
"Low-budget citywide drug testing I assume."
—Wichita State University community and organizational specialist Seth Bate's Wednesday tweet after seeing Winfield school kids on a sidewalk holding signs that said, "Honk if you're drug-free!"