Eccentricity owner Linda Burton has been working on leasing the former Olive Tree Bistro space since December.
When several other parties also recently showed interest, she realized she had to act fast.
"It was a quick decision," Burton says.
The 3,680-square-foot space at Comotara Center is now hers.
That means she'll be moving from several doors down where she already has 2,200 square feet at the center, which is at 29th North and Rock Road.
"We're busting out the seams here," Burton says.
In addition to being nearby, the Olive Tree space is special to Burton.
"I loved that building forever."
She plans to transform the space and add a lot of new lines and products to her already eccentric shop, which sells things like women's clothing, home furnishings and bath products.
Burton won't go into too many details yet, but she plans "funky, crazy, really neat stuff."
"We're going to do lots of not normal things," Burton says. "It's just going to be a totally different flair."
She's not sure how long it will take to open in the new space.
Burton laughs when talking about already pestering her landlord.
"I call her every day, and I say, 'I don't see any trucks over there,' and she's like, 'Oh, be quiet.' "
The move will take Eccentricity closer to its original Comotara space, where Imagine That Toys is now.
Burton is thrilled with the move.
"It's going to be a lot of fun."
Earlier this year, businessman Faissal Abou-Faissal renovated a building he owns near Zoo Boulevard and West Central where the Dog House Carryout moved in.
His plan was to then renovate the back half of the building for office and warehouse use. Instead, he's torn down the back half and is building 4,500 square feet of new space.
"We decided it would be better that way," Abou-Faissal says. "Renovating old things sometimes is not a good thing."
He hopes to have the space ready in about eight weeks.
Abou-Faissal thinks he may have someone who is interested in 2,000 square feet. He'll still have 2,500 square feet left to lease for a small office in a warehouse area.
Less than Gleeful
Fans of "Glee "were enjoying the final number on the show — a rendition of Madonna's "Like A Prayer "— when the show cut off and the 9 p.m. news started on Fox Kansas .
General manger Jeff McCausland spent much of his time Wednesday dealing with the fallout.
"I've had better days," he says.
A number of things happened to cause the problem.
First "American Idol "ran long. Then, "Glee" ran a tad long. To pre-empt the way Fox's news show comes on would have taken some coordination with Fox partner KWCH , Channel 12 , to adjust for the timing.
"It was just kind of the perfect storm," McCausland says.
Nationally there were problems, too, he says. Most people only set their DVRs to record for an hour, so they missed the end as well.
The show will be rebroadcast nationally on Friday. In Wichita, it will be on at 8 p.m.
"If there's a bright spot, there's a lot of very passionate fans," McCausland says,"... which means the show is doing very well from a viewer standpoint."
You don't say
"My mom didn't think I could make a living drinking."
—Jamie Stratton , wine director at Jacob Liquor Exchange , joking Tuesday while co-hosting a wine and chocolate tasting for Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates