Reasonable lease rates have attracted east Wichita residents Brandon and Heather Roe to Andover to open their new Silly Monkeys Children's Resale Boutique .
They'll open in 2,200 square feet at 618 N. Andover Road on Nov. 22.
The store will sell children's clothing and toys, including some new items and some used.
"'Preloved,' as we say, instead of 'used,' " Brandon Roe says.
He says the store will focus on items for newborns to 5-year-olds.
Roe, a former financial analyst, has spent the last year and a half staying home to care for his two children.
Heather Roe is a physician who practices family medicine.
Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the deal for the space.
Another new consignment shop — the most popular Wichita retail trend of 2011 —is opening in Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas.
Kim Carney is reopening her Nice Things Consignment Boutique , which was located near Central and Greenwich until about a year ago.
Carney plans to carry furniture, home decor and women's designer clothing.
"We just try to keep it upscale," she says. That means she's "very particular about what we take."
Carney likes Clifton Square in part for "just the quaintness of the square."
She's hoping to open Dec. 1.
"I'm very excited to reopen in this location."
Walmart's new Neighborhood Market at 21st and Amidon is attracting another new nearby business.
Advanced Computer and Cell Phone Solutions is opening in the small strip center at 2039 W. 21st St.
"You can see it from the new Walmart," says Hugh Huynh , who is partners with Michael Le in the venture.
Huynh says the nearby Walmart factored into their decision to locate there.
The two will offer computer and cellphone sales and service.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.
"We plan on expanding in the future," Huynh says of other sites.
"Right now we just want to focus on the northwest side of town first."
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"For those of you who have read the book, thank you. For those of you who haven't, there is ample inventory."
—Former President George W. Bush , speaking at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting Thursday about his book, "Decision Points "