Carrie Rengers

Wichita may get a Bare Escentuals, eventually

San Francisco-based Bare Escentuals is looking to come to Wichita, but perhaps not soon enough to please some shoppers.

"We were hoping to go into the Wichita market in the fall," says district manager Janet Bradley .

That's not going to happen.

Spring is a possibility, though.

"I'm certainly hoping," Bradley says.

Bare Escentuals sells mineral makeup and skin-care products. Though some of those products are available here at spas, the company would bring a boutique carrying its full line of products.

"We are looking at that," Bradley says. "Nothing has been signed or confirmed."

There are about 136 Bare Escentuals boutiques nationally.

There are one or two opening each week now.

"We've been opening (a lot) recently," Bradley says. "It's pretty crazy."

Designated plan

A new designated driver service is coming to Wichita and it's called, appropriately enough, Designated Drivers .

Co-owner Kevin Barton used to work for Safe Riders , which now will be his competitor in the business of driving drinkers home.

Barton and business partner Jeff Weber are starting their business July 31. It won't be limited to driving drinkers (and their cars) home at the end of the night.

"I will provide them the services they request," Barton says. "If somebody has been drinking and then (wants) to go to a different bar, I have no problem with that."

That's not the case with some similar businesses nationally.

"This has been a hotly debated topic amongst this industry," Barton says.

"There's some level of concern... that if you pick somebody up at a bar, for instance, and you take them to another bar, you are enabling them.... In my opinion, I've protected them, and they're going to call for a ride at the end of the night."

Barton and Weber already have plans for expansion beyond Wichita.

"I have some pretty aggressive growth plans," Barton says.

That includes Topeka and the Kansas City area after getting established here, but it could include other states in the future.

"I've actually figured out a way I can remote-manage other places," Barton says of conducting business online. "It makes it very simple."

You don't say

"It's tough for a picker to pick a picker."

Bearly Makin' It Antiques co-owner Marion Ogden , who was featured on an episode of "American Pickers "this week, and felt like his business didn't look as good as it could because the pickers couldn't find the deals they wanted

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