When Steven Passman considered opening a west-side Mid-Kansas Dermatology branch at Northwest Centre in 2003, he was hesitant.
"I didn't know if there would be enough work to justify the expense," he says.
Now, though, Passman is expanding by almost 1,000 square feet at the center at 13th and Tyler, which Occidental Management owns.
The clinic will have a total of 2,600 square feet.
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"I'm just gratified that we're supported there so well by the physicians and patients," Passman says. "It's a good position to be in."
He's almost doubling his waiting room size.
"People were actually sitting on the floor sometimes," he says. "It was quite a sight."
Passman is adding two treatment rooms as well.
He also has an east Wichita site along with locations in Wellington, El Dorado and Newton.
Passman's west-side expansion should be complete in a couple of weeks.
Still buckled up
USD 259 may have eliminated driver's education, but that doesn't mean David Clark is going to stop teaching it.
"I've done it since 1993," Clark says.
He and his wife, Lindsay , have started Wichita Driver Ed (www.WichitaDriverEd.com) and are now enrolling students for classes.
Clark says teaching kids how to drive is something he truly enjoys.
Isn't that a bit nerve-wracking?
"It can be," Clark says.
He says it's fun to watch them become better drivers, though.
"You can see their progress."
Clark says he knows budget decisions are tough, but he disagreed with the district's decision to cut the classes.
"All the driver's ed instructors feel that's a big mistake.
"Obviously, that's what I'm passionate about, and I think it should be a high priority."
The Write stuff
In a world where handwritten invitations are the exception and not the norm, Carol and Fred Cowart have found a niche for their new business, the Write to Invite (www.TheWriteToInvite.com).
Carol Cowart says thanks to her husband's beautiful writing, they're now offering his skill for anyone wanting hand-addressed invitations for events such as weddings and other parties.
Fred Cowart, a tutor at Wichita State University , is an artist. He'll do all the writing.
"I stand back and go, 'Now do this,' " Carol Cowart says, laughing, of her management role.
She's also a part-time dental hygienist.
"We're just sort of looking into doing this as something that maybe would go into retirement," Cowart says.
One of the key things she emphasizes is that the envelopes will be correct and legible.
Cowart says a lot of calligraphists charge $2.50 per envelope. She hopes to keep the price under $2.
So is her husband's handwriting something that attracted her when they were dating?
"Well, it didn't hurt anything at all."
You don't say
"What about Charles Koch-onut cream pies?"
—WSU student Chris Smythe , joking about the new line of Shockolates that Cocoa Dolce is creating (including Wu on a stick and Marshallmallows )