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Trove body studio moving to the new Renfro

11/03/2012 6:24 AM

11/03/2012 6:25 AM

A year after opening at the Finn Lofts, Janelle Robertson has decided to move her Trove Total Body Studio to the new Renfro at 612 E. Douglas.

“I am on the move,” she says.

Robertson is the first commercial tenant in the building, and she’s taking one of the live-work spaces but will use both areas for her business instead of living there.

Developers Robert Eyster and Michael Ramsey, in collaboration with Farha Construction, recently finished converting the former Victoria Park Apartments into the Renfro. The building, which is named for a hotel that was once there, has 20 apartments, including several live-work units.

Robertson says she thinks her expanded space at the Renfro will be ideal.

“Just the configuration for me and what I’ve been doing here so far just fit better,” she says.

Trove offers facials, massage, chemical peels, body treatments and micro dermabrasion.

“Really just about everything you’d want in a spa,” Robertson says.

On the second floor of her studio – what typically would be the bedroom in the live-work arrangement – Robertson will have massages and facials.

Downstairs, she’ll have public events and a fitness studio for personal training.

“That’s an area of business I want to develop in the next year,” Robertson says.

She wants to be moved in time for this month’s Final Friday.

“The downstairs space is a really nice open space, and it’ll allow for more freedom of movement,” Robertson says.

The new space also will allow her to continue having private spa parties.

Robertson does special packages, such as for couples or birthday parties.

“I really try to take time to customize the event for their needs,” she says of customers.

Though the new space is larger, Robertson says she isn’t looking to significantly expand her space beyond this.

“I don’t think the downtown area really needs a mega-sized spa.”

My name is still Luca

Last year when Melad Stephan told Have You Heard? the name of his new Old Town restaurant would be Luca Italian Kitchen after Chef Gianluca Sciagata, he acknowledged that Sciagata might not stay forever but that the name would.

“Ahhh, well, the name will stay,” Stephan said, quickly adding, “I hope he’s going to be around for a while.”

He didn’t stay long, though.

Stephan says Sciagata, who came from Aspen, Colo., was not happy in Wichita and has left the restaurant.

Former Ya Ya’s Eurobistro Chef Damon Stephens is now the Luca chef.

Stephan says the name won’t change because Sciagata “doesn’t have the trademark on (the) Luca name.”

You don’t say

“Well, we’ve had a great tour going on, on a Wichita-made motorcycle. That’s a Big Dog made in Wichita. Great company.”

– Gov. Sam Brownback on the Kansas Republicans’ Road Map for Growth Tour Friday in Wichita where he referenced Big Dog Motorcycles, which went out of business last year

Carrie Rengers first reported these items on her blog. Be among the first to get her business scoops at blogs.kansas.com/haveyouheard.

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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