Carrie Rengers

Salon, spa set to open in June at Eaton Place

There are signs in the window at 509 E. Douglas at Eaton Place that tease a new business coming there.

It's part of a little double entendre for Leslie Way's new Salon Teased , a salon and spa that's opening next month.

Way is a Wichita native who now lives in Los Angeles.

Her daughter, stylist Tiffany Tajchman , will manage the business. Her mother, Rachel Klein , is helping open the business as well.

They're all three members of the Emerald City Chorus .

"I would eventually like to move back here," Way says.

She and her husband, Van Snow , have a California company that builds electronic test equipment for aerospace satellite communication.

"That allows us to pay... to do other stuff," she says.

Downtown was a natural choice, Way says.

"We like the historical value," she says. "We wanted to be part of the up-front development of this Wichita (downtown) district that's happening."

She stopped in to see the Wichita Downtown Development Corp. , her next-door neighbor, and saw the city's plan for redeveloping downtown.

"I looked at everything, and I'm like, wow, what great growth."

Way's business will be in 2,250 square feet and have lots of exposed brick walls and a Wi-Fi bar in the windows and an area for Redken products, which she'll exclusively sell.

"People are going to know what it is from the road," Way says. "We're going to be new and trendy and something fun."

Leo Goseland of Coldwell Banker Plaza Real Estate and LeeAnna Davis of Keller Williams Realty Signature Partners handled the deal.

Once the salon gets going, it will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

There will be a "quiet spa area" for manicures, pedicures, massages, facials and waxing.

Way also will have a boutique for clothes.

"And I can get it in L.A.," she says.

She's planning a soft opening for June 9.

Way says she'll have discounts for people who live and work in the Old Town area.

But, much like downtown consultants labeling even far reaches of Wichita as downtown, Snow says his wife will offer discounts "to just about everyone."

Closing time

After six years in business, Uptown Paws is closing at the end of June.

The shop, which is at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock, is a dog and cat boutique that sells pet basics and more upscale items to pamper your pet.

The lease is up, and owner Lacey Vess-Vliet and her sister, Whitney Vess , decided not to renew.

"Things have changed a lot in six years," Vess-Vliet says. "We're a lot busier."

They now have six children between them compared with Vess' two children when they opened.

"It's just a lot of work," Vess-Vliet says.

She'd like to sell the business, but she says, "I really wasn't quite sure how people even went about that."

Vess-Vliet isn't actively trying to sell the business, but she's still open to it.

"That would be nice."

You don't say

"We're going to keep it at 10 so the KU grads can count the number of schools in the conference."

Kansas State president Kirk Schulz , joking at Rotary Monday about why the Big 12 conference will stay with only 10 schools