Weekly business briefing (Dec. 18)


Umar Qadeer, owner of Lava Hookah Lounge at 21st and Woodlawn, has opened Lava Hookah & Vapes at Towne East Square in the lower level by Dillard’s. The shop offers cigarettes, cigars and electronic cigarette products. The phone number is 316-361-0551.


Kansas Surgery and Recovery Center has been named to the Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals.

Wesley Medical Center Auxiliary received a Gold Award of Excellence at the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas convention in Kansas City.

Goodwill Industries ranked 11th on a Forbes magazine list of America’s most inspiring companies. Performance Inspired, an Atlanta-based consulting firm used data from more than 3,000 respondents to formulate the list based on consumer attitudes and feelings toward companies.

The Newton City/County Airport Runway 17-35 Reconstruction project earned the Silver Award in the reliever and general aviation airports category at the American Concrete Pavement Association’s annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Members of the Wichita Area Association of Realtors donated more than 300 new toys last week to the Christmas Crusade Toy Drive.

AT&T donated $15,000 to the Kansas Council for Economic Education for its LifeSmarts program, which teaches students skills related to personal finance, technology, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, and the environment.

Have a new business, name change, new location or award to share? Send announcements to Jerry Siebenmark at Include a contact name and phone number. For business openings, please also include a street address, phone number and operating hours and days.