Carrie Rengers

Advanced Pain group expanding site, services

Advanced Pain Medicine Associates moved into 11,300 square feet at 3715 N. Oliver in January 2009 and now is expanding by adding approximately 4,600 square feet.

"We do have some plans that we are working on right now," says administrator Kim Talley .

She hopes the expansion will be complete in the first quarter of 2012.

Physician Jon Parks founded the group in late 2000 after leaving Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital .

There are now three physicians, two physician assistants and a nurse practitioner who provide medication management, interventional procedures and implanted devices for pain control.

Business has grown, and the group is expanding services, too, though Talley says those details are still being worked out.

Advanced Pain Medicine Associates already expanded once in its new location — with a larger parking lot eight months after moving in.

Talley says the group didn't foresee the need for new space so soon.

"We did not expect to expand this quickly."

Furnished space

When Karla Binns opened her Roo Grayson home decor store in late 2009, she said her business near Central and Woodlawn would be "a fun place to shop because there's always going to be something different there."

She kept her promise and now is building on it by adding another 2,500 square feet to her 3,400-square-foot store.

Binns is creating an archway to the south of her store to open onto a new area where she can add more furniture lines.

Though she sells furniture now, such as handmade mahogany pieces from Indonesia and salvaged pieces from other countries, Binns says she mostly has tables and accent pieces.

"I couldn't completely furnish your living room."

When her new space is ready in July, she'll be able to do that thanks to new lines of sofas, chairs and what Binns calls library pieces, such as bookcases with a ladder.

The space next to hers has long been storage, and Binns says she told her landlord she wanted first dibs on it.

"We thought maybe we might want to do this," she says of the expansion. "We hoped."

Binns has commissioned a number of pieces in her store. For instance, she finds various older pieces of wood and has tables made. It's all part of her effort to be unique.

"We're trying to become Wichita's destination store," Binns says. "It's just a one-of-a-kind store."

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