Carrie Rengers

Twisted Stitch will take Sew Much's spot

Cynthia Zajkowski has closed her Sew Much shop in Delano , but she's still operating the fabric business online and is looking for new space.

"I really didn't need the square footage there," she says of the 2,300 square feet she's had since summer 2009.

The landlord has a new tenant —Twisted Stitch —that will take all the space (plus some), so Zajkowski is now looking for a smaller store.

"I was hoping it would be a real quick transition, but it hasn't turned out to be that way," she says. "I should have known better."

Zajkowski says Delano has pretty good foot traffic, but she says, "I'm just kind of wondering if maybe I need to be somewhere there's more constant traffic. I just don't know if it was really the right spot for me."

She's looking for about 1,500 square feet.

"I basically just need a sales floor," Zajkowski says.

In the meantime, you can still reach her at 316-558-5739 or at www.sewmuchonline.com.

Twisted lease

Twisted Stitch owner Tom Murphy has been living in Wichita Falls, Texas, and operating what he calls a mobile business from there.

He travels to livestock shows where he sells Columbia sportswear, which he then custom embroiders.

Now, he's decided to open a permanent retail shop in Delano.

"Can I say I threw a dart at the map, and that's where it landed?" Murphy says.

That's not actually how he chose Wichita, but it's close. Murphy likes how centrally located Wichita is.

"It'll save me five hours drive time on all the shows we do," he says.

Murphy passed through Delano five years ago.

"It's changed a lot in the last five years," he says. "It seems to me to be kind of the up-and-coming little area."

Murphy is taking the 3,100 square feet where Sew Much had been. That's 535 W. Douglas in what was once known as the Travel Air building.

Bree Kelley with Occidental Management handled the deal.

The shop will offer custom embroidery and screen printing and sell a line of T-shirts and some jeans along with Columbia sportswear.

Murphy calls his store a specialty shop that fits in an area like Delano better than a strip mall.

"It's an eclectic little area," he says. "Kind of like an old Main Street, and that's what really appealed to me."

Safe money

Butler Community College raised a record $140,000 at its annual foundation auction Friday.

Almost as importantly, there were no scooter accidents.

Butler president Jackie Vietti rode a Piaggio scooter onto the stage before it went up for bid.

It had foundation executive director Keri Myers a little concerned.

"We were intensely hoping that she wouldn't get the throttle and brakes interchanged and crash through the head table."

You don't say

"We are laughing (and) reading horoscopes. Mine: Someone puts a kibosh on your plans. Tonight: Respond to another person's gesture. Hilarious!"

—A Facebook post by restaurateur Tanya Tandoc after her future Tanya's Soup Kitchen on East Douglas was broken into this weekend

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