Carrie Rengers

New store for old Circuit City site

Businessman Tracy Alan Norris , who owns iFurn.com and PainReliever.com among other companies, has new plans for the former Circuit City space at 8405 E. Kellogg.

Norris bought the building, which had been vacant for years, last year and immediately moved his warehouse to the 40,000-square-foot space near the entrance to the Kansas Turnpike.

Norris had contemplated putting a furniture showroom there.

"Now it's completely changed," says Kaci Dochow , a pay-per-click marketer who works for him.

"We are opening up a pain reliever retail store."

This will be the PainReliever.com's first retail outlet.

Wichita-area customers who have realized the Internet company is local have already been picking up their purchases at the warehouse.

"We're just expanding on that space," Dochow says.

The retail version of the business will be in about 1,000 square feet near the front and east side of the store where customers have already been stopping by.

"It's just sort of a test base for us right now," Dochow says. "If it blows up, we will expand, definitely."

The company sells all-natural remedies, such as pillows, braces and massage products.

"There's a huge array of products — anything that can relieve pain on your body," Dochow says.

"It seems to be something that has not been tapped into in Wichita yet."

She says other companies may sell some of the same products but this store will have a broader scope of supplies.

"It is definitely something needed in Wichita."

There's no name for the business yet, but it likely will include "pain reliever" in some way, Dochow says.

She's not sure when it will open.

"Within the year, definitely, but hopefully a lot sooner than that," she says.

"We are feverishly working ... trying to get it open."

The Wiebe Myth

James Wiebe is having a big summer.

Wiebe, who owns Belite Aircraft with his wife, Kathy , won an award a few weeks ago at Oshkosh, Wis., for outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design.

Then the FBI had Wiebe, who is an expert in digital forensics, be a guest lecturer for a group of computer examiners at Quantico, Va.

"It was a big deal for me," he says. "Never had that happen at that level before."

Now, Wiebe and one of his planes are going to be on "MythBusters ," the Discovery show that uses science to either prove or disprove myths.

"All this stuff is just happening," Wiebe says.

He made the "MythBusters" appearance happen with an e-mail.

"I wanted to see if I could get our airplane onto the show," Wiebe says.

He wondered if there might be a myth to explore using his plane.

"About a dozen e-mails later, I had an e-mail from their executive producers that they were on board to explore this aviation-related myth," Wiebe says.

"I was just betting it's a fairly rare thing for someone to offer them an airplane to use for ... filming a TV show. I was so absolutely correct on that."

Wiebe isn't able to discuss what myth the show explores until the episode airs.

"I've kept my mouth shut. I'm just amazed."

He did some of the flying for the show when it was taped at a closed airport in California.

His plane was outfitted with four high-definition cameras, and he says there were some "really, really cool" stop-frame cameras filming from the ground.

"They had every video trick in the book to get really great TV."

Wiebe enjoyed seeing the "MythBusters" shops.

"That was cool."

The "MythBusters" crew also enjoyed seeing his plane.

"They love my plane!" he says. "They just thought it was cute and fun to watch."

Wiebe says he had a "hoot" of a time and will share details on when the show will air as soon as he knows them.

He was told it would be three to six months after filming.

"The clock's ticking."

Drinks aren't on her

Dana Miller is opening a bar in Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn, but it won't serve drinks.

"It's going to be a buy-sell-trade boutique," Miller says of her new Fashion Bar . "I'm going to pay cash on the spot."

Unlike what she calls more mature consignment shops, Miller hopes to appeal to a younger crowd with clothing, accessories and handbags.

"My primary market is women 21 to 45," she says.

The store will "have some weekend clothes and casual clothes, but my focus is really going to be on young professionals."

Her slogan is "fashion recycled." Miller says her goal is "keeping extra clothes out of the landfills."

Miller says she'll pay up to 40 percent of her selling price to customers who bring in merchandise. Or they can earn more in trade.

She'll pay more for handbags, too, which will be something of a specialty in the shop.

Miller plans a Sept. 30 drawing for a $300 Coach bag.

Instead of liquor bottles and wine glasses on the store's built-in bar, Miller plans to feature handbags along with jewelry.

The store opens Sept. 10.

You don't say

"It would be a good opportunity to take on some clients that got (the) short end of the stick with the Massage Junkie situation."

Extraordinaire Salon & Boutique owner Brent Allison , who is adding massage services back to his salon in Lincoln Heights Village and is willing to honor gift cards from the closed Massage Junkie (just as Body Wellness Massage & Spa and Dynamic Bodyworks Massage are doing)

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