Carrie Rengers

Delano furniture store to be country bar

Ever since his father bought the former Davis Furniture building in Delano in 2007, Chris Ruffin knew there would have to be extensive renovation.

"I needed to gut it and make it leasable at least," says Ruffin, who is director of real estate for his father Phil Ruffin's Ruffin Properties .

The younger Ruffin had another idea, though, for a country-western bar.

"I've been trying to sell this one idea for a while," he says.

His father was in Wichita Tuesday.

"He saw it and was like, 'Let's do it,' " Chris Ruffin says.

There's no name for the bar, nor is it finalized who will own and run it.

"This is all real, real new," Chris Ruffin says.

The 15,000-square-foot West Douglas space will feature western-themed things like a mechanical bull and saddles for bar stools.

"It's going to be a live music venue for touring country bands as well," Ruffin says.

"It's going to be a country-western bar much in the vein of our Gilley's ," he says of the bar that's in his father's Treasure Island in Las Vegas.

Ruffin already has begun transforming the space, including ripping out ceiling tiles to show exposed rafters with "just beautiful wood."

"It looks like what the Spruce Goose would be in," he says of Howard Hughes' airplane.

"We have looked at the original pictures of the building, and we decided to pretty much restore what the building looked like back in 1932," Ruffin says.

The building was built in 1927, but he only has a picture dating to 1932.

Currently state Sen. Jean Schodorf , R-Wichita, is using part of the space for her congressional campaign headquarters.

"We're doing everything around her," Ruffin says. "She's been real gracious as far as patience. It's not been easy."

The bar likely will open by the end of the year.

"It's going to be huge," Chris Ruffin says.

And not just for him.

"It's going to give people a reason to walk around there," he says of Delano. "It's going to be a boon for that little area."

Zippity Doo-Dah

Zip's Express Wash owner Brett Overman closed on a deal Wednesday to buy the Legends Car Wash on Maize Road near 13th Street.

Late last year, Overman bought the former QuikTrip car washes at 3825 W. Maple and 1500 S. Maize Road.

Overman doesn't have plans to purchase any other existing car washes in Wichita — for now.

"Today, I don't think we are, but if the opportunities arose we may," he says. "We're just looking to grow our business."

Overman has a couple of car washes in Tulsa and a couple more in Arkansas, where his company is based in Jonesboro.

At Zip's, customers remain in their vehicles while a conveyor belt moves them through the wash.

Overman says the washes are $5 and are done in three minutes or less.

"It's a heck of a deal."

Bud light

Larry Bud's Sports Bar & Grill was briefly without its liquor license, but the matter is now resolved.

"It was a screw-up on our part, but we never were shut down," owner Larry Harmon says.

He says that when the business first opened, it was licensed as a sports bar and grill.

Then, Harmon expanded the license to include catering, but he says that changed the date when he had to renew, and he missed it this year.

Late Friday evening, Larry Bud's had to quit serving alcohol.

It was open for lunch — sans alcohol — Saturday but closed for dinner and then closed the next couple of days for the holiday.

"We just got everything straightened out," Harmon says.

Larry Bud's can serve alcohol once again.

"There's a lot of rumors going around," Harmon says. "Everything's cool."

Second chance

Another new business is coming to Delano.

The 2nd Chance Resale Shoppe opens today at 1316 W. Douglas, which is about a block west of Braum's .

Laid-off Cessna Aircraft worker Doug Crabtree will run the business, which was the idea of his wife, Rhonda .

"It's my business, but it's kind of her dream," he says.

The shop will have gently used children's clothing and toys and some maternity and other women's clothing.

Doug Crabtree also will sell his own pottery in the shop.

He'll buy other merchandise for resale. It won't be a consignment shop, though. The Crabtrees will pay for goods outright.

"I really drive a hard bargain to get the best price," Rhonda Crabtree says.

She has ulterior — and altruistic — motives.

Rhonda Crabtree wants disadvantaged shoppers to find things they can afford.

"I want them to be able to get things for their kids," she says.

She first started getting the idea for a store 15 years ago when she came to the Wichita area to help with an AIDS ministry.

She saw what resale or donated items can do for someone.

"That's what I saw with the AIDS ministry. Those little things really count sometimes."

You don't say

"It's been cool in my office despite the constant heat of working in City Hall ."

—City spokesman Van Williams on how he didn't even realize the air conditioning at City Hall was having problems Wednesday

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