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Pie Five Pizza to open at 21st and Rock

08/21/2014 4:27 PM

08/21/2014 4:27 PM

On the heels of opening his first Pie Five Pizza last Friday next to the Applebee’s at Maple and Ridge, Jim Stevens now has plans for the market’s third Pie Five.

It will be on the east side where Beauty First is closing near the southwest corner of 21st and Rock.

“It was always a good location for Applebee’s, and I think that HuHot does a good business there,” says Stevens, who is both a Pie Five and Applebee’s franchisee.

He moved his Applebee’s from that center to the Plazzio development at 13th and Greenwich earlier this year.

Stevens is now in talks with potential tenants for the former Appleebee’s space.

His second Pie Five is going to open at a new addition of NewMarket Square in early October.

The east-side Pie Five should open sometime in January.

The fast-casual restaurnat’s diners walk through a line and pick their crust and sauce and create their own salads. Some especially hot pizza ovens bake the pizzas in four minutes.

Stevens says since he’s locating the latest Pie Five at 21st and Rock, he won’t necessarily be able to open another one on the east side anytime soon. He says the company likes to have high demographics for areas in which it locates.

“There’s a lot of visibility,” Stevens says of the corner he chose. “I think it’ll do real well there.”

Spa space

The Waterfront’s new addition at the northwest corner of 13th and Webb, where Whole Foods Market opens Sept. 3, continues to develop.

The SpaRenity Nails & Organics sign is now up.

That’s Kevin Tuan and his family’s spa, which Have You Heard? this spring reported was in the works.

The first SpaRenity opened in March at 3750 N. Woodlawn.

“We’re very successful,” Tuan says. “That’s why we decided to open up a second one on the east side.”

SpaRenity offers organic products for manicures, pedicures, facials, skin care and massage.

Tuan says that includes “truly organic nail polish,” and he says customers have taken to it all.

“They’re loving it.”

Like the spa on Woodlawn, the Waterfront one will feature custom pedicure benches Tuan had made in Houston. He says he thinks Wichitans will be surprised how different they are from traditional pedicure chairs.

The first SpaRenity is fairly small at just over 1,000 square feet.

The Waterfront spa will be 2,400 square feet and will be able to serve 20 to 30 people at a time.

Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

Tuan and his family have four other salons that aren’t the SpaRenity concept.

“For right now, we’re not going to change them,” he says.

Another SpaRenity should be coming, though.

“I’m working … to open another one on the west side,” Tuan says.

He says the SpaRenity at the Waterfront should be ready in October.

“Right now we are moving really quick.”

Winding down

Just as summer is winding down, so is Outback Pools, except the company won’t be gearing up for pool season again next year.

The family business, which Michelle and LaurinButchSchniepp run with their sons, Jesse and Jonah, is closing.

“My dad’s been building pools since 1970,” Jesse Schniepp says. “He’s a second generation pool guy.”

He says his father’s father, Cecil Schniepp, founded Ultra Modern Pools.

Butch Schniepp worked for his father for years before starting his own company.

Outback builds pools and services them.

Jesse Schniepp says his father needs to close the company due to health reasons.

“It’s a very stressful job,” he says.

Schniepp says his father has been “doing stuff physically most 20-year-olds can’t do. He could throw 100 pounds and make it look like it was nothing.”

He says his father has been working since he was a child.

“He was pulled out of school when he was 8 years old to drive a dump truck,” Schniepp says. “His dad put phone books down and tied blocks to his feet so he could reach the pedals of the dump truck.”

Schniepp says his father has been working full time since he was 12.

“It’s just craziness,” he says. “It’s taken a toll on his body.”

Schniepp says he’s not sure of a closing date yet, but it will be sometime over the coming months and possibly into early next year.

“We’re just finishing up a few projects.”

You don’t say

“I can’t even explain how big a mess this has been.”

Mickey Lynch, who has sold his half of Walkers Bar & Venue by the arena and is close to a deal for someone to lease the former Jettys Pizza space next door

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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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