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The Marple venue to open in former Marple Theater and Fat Tony's space downtown

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — A new venue is opening in the former Fat Tony's space at 417 E. Douglas, but it's not a bar.

"It's going to be a completely different building than it has in quite some time," says Kyle Dick.

Dick and Stephen Coldwell are opening the Marple to host national touring acts, which could be musicians or comedians or DJs.

"It's really no set thing," Coldwell says. "We just want to have a nice venue – bring back the history of it."

Dick says he's heard a lot of history about the building, from old Wild West characters hanging out there to burlesque dancers and even more risque goings-on.

"I don't know how true all of it is."

Most people remember it as the Marple Theater. Dick and Coldwell hope to show films there again and perhaps host some Tallgrass Film Festival events.

"We love the space," Dick says. "It's kind of been underutilized for a while."

Coldwell says the approximately 2,500-square-foot space is "amazing."

"I just fell in love with it," he says.

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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.

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