Beau Monde spa in west Wichita sold

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A former employee has purchased the Beau Monde spa on Wichita’s west side.

Kansas transplant Betty Jones, who has been an employee at the NewMarket Square spa for nearly five years, said she purchased the business from Michelle Wheeler.

“I had talked to Michelle a number of times about running my own place in the past year,” Jones said. “(Sunday) was my first day as official owner.

“We will still work together on some things. Our clientele will still be able to visit either location.”

Beau Monde’s east Wichita location is at 2939 N. Rock Road. With the change in ownership, the name of the NewMarket Square location changed to Beau Monde West, Jones said.

Jones, 41, said she moved to the area several years ago to attend Eric Fisher Academy, a Wichita cosmetology and esthetics school. About 15 people work at the west-side location, Jones said.

After moving from New Mexico to attend the academy, Jones said she decided to stay in Wichita after completing her coursework.

“I just fell in love with Wichita,” Jones said. “I’ve made so many friends. The people here are so welcoming and just good-hearted people.”

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath