Carrie Rengers

PS Designs hopes for more traffic at the mall

PS Designs is heading back to the mall. The home and garden accessories shop left Towne West Square in early 2007 to open at the Collective , J.V. Johnston's development at 21st and K-96.

Now, the store is moving to Towne East Square .

"They just got too far behind on their rent, honestly," Johnston says. "It happens. I hope they do well."

Co-owner Bobby Peltier says the rent at the Collective was too high for the amount of shoppers he had.

"Just with the recession... there's no traffic out here," Peltier says. "We're so far out to the northeast side of town that, you know, we're basically just drawing from the local neighborhood that's here close to the store."

His new store, which should open by late March, will be by Specs Eyewear on the upper level of Towne East.

"I feel comfortable that we'll at least be able to survive the recession," Peltier says of his move there.

He's leaving 3,000 square feet at the Collective.

"I've got a couple of people looking at it, actually," Johnston says of potential tenants, "which is kind of amazing in this economy."

'It's just a shame'

Between a fire at one Angela's Cafe and tax problems with the owner of another Angela's, the Angela's Cafe at 901 E. Central is struggling with dwindling sales this week.

That's even though owner Maria Romero's business is separate from the ones other family members run.

"We don't even have any contact with each other," she says.

Officers from the Kansas Department of Revenue and Alcoholic Beverage Control this week seized the business assets of Jorge Romero , Maria Romero's brother.

Jorge Romero has the Angela's at 2119 W. 21st St. The Revenue Department said it executed tax warrants on Wednesday for unpaid state sales tax of more than $18,900.

Also Wednesday, a fire gutted the Angela's Cafe at 10901 E. Kellogg. The cause is still under investigation.

Maria Romero says her business has no tax issues and hasn't suffered a fire, but the problems at the other two Angela's restaurants are affecting hers.

"We're just a little nervous," she says. "We're not having any business at all. Not even our regulars are here.

"It's just a shame."

You don't say

"Hey, I mean seriously. It's not that big a deal. It really isn't."

Chuck Giles , owner of Neighbors Restaurant & Bar , on the new statewide indoor smoking ban

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