Carrie Rengers

Baby boutique in Tallgrass will close, for good this time

The lease is up for the baby boutique Marshmallow Kisses at the Shops at Tallgrass , and owner Kelly George is not going to renew it.

"It's just a little too scary to take on another two years or five years or whatever," she says.

The problem is "the economy and the prediction for the economy for the next couple of years."

"With the way the situation has been this year, it's too stressful," George says.

She originally planned to close last year, but when George started a going-out-of-business sale, she had such overwhelming customer response that she decided to remain open.

She won't this time, though.

The store, which opened in early 2005, will close Feb. 21.

George has had a few people who were interested in buying her shop, but then they learned what an investment it would be.

"It's a lot more than people realize."

Healthy business

Chiropractor Jeff Fenn is opening Wichita Health and Wellness at Chadsworth Plaza next to Lowe's on Maize Road.

"My new clinic's going to focus on... more of a wellness approach," Fenn says.

He'll have a physical therapist and nutritionist at the 2,000-square-foot office, and he'll offer things like spinal decompression, weight loss guidance and arthritis treatments.

Fenn likes the area for "the vibe, the busyness."

The office will open in late February.

'Delay, delay, delay'

The future of the proposed fifth Jimmy's Egg at 47th South and Broadway is uncertain.

"We had been negotiating what I would consider in very good faith for months and months, and the other party is delay, delay, delay," says Wink Hartman Sr. "It's just been a disaster."

Hartman says he still loves the location, but he's not sure if it will ever work out.

"We can't get anybody up the chain to salute the flag. It's like talking to yourself in the mirror."

Dining salvation

Larry and Susan Cook still plan to open a new healthy market and restaurant in their Tuscan Village at 1812 S. Seneca on Jan. 25.

Now, they have a new name to replace Sprouts , which is already trademarked elsewhere.

Larry Cook says they'll call their business d'Sozo . It's a made-up name, but the Cooks believe the Sozo part is Greek in origin and means healing or improvement.

On the other end of the dining spectrum, Five Guys Burgers and Fries will open near 29th North and Maize Road sometime in February.

"The earlier the better," says franchisee Jeff Miller . "Keep your fingers crossed."

You don't say

"Come out, come out, wherever you are!"

Slawson Cos. commercial broker April Reed , who says she's ready to wheel and deal in 2010

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