Carrie Rengers

A new kitchen is opening at Clifton Square, but food isn’t on the menu

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Troy Houtman, director of Wichita Parks and Recreation department, talks about the Open Streets ICT event that took place on a 4.1-mile strip of Douglas on Sunday. The road was closed from Clifton Square on the east end to Delano. (Sept. 24, 2017)

There’s a new kind of kitchen opening in Clifton Square, but it won’t serve food.

T-shirts are on the menu for the new T-shirt Kitchen.

Wicked Stitch owner Angela Hull is opening the business in half of her existing space there because there’s going to be a new emphasis on T-shirt creations.

“It’s going to be a whole new vibe,” she says.

The Clifton Square Wicked Stitch, which is at 3700 E. Douglas, opened in December. There’s another one on the west side near 21st and Tyler.

The stores offer embroidery and screen printing, but the T-shirt Kitchen will focus exclusively on T-shirts with a new direct-to-garment machine.

“It costs as much as a car,” Hull says. “It’s crazy.”

She can do made-to-order shirts from designs that customers bring to her, or Hull says she can offer them a menu of fonts and designs to choose from.

“It’ll kind of give that whole restaurant theme type of concept.”

Shirts can be ready in a day or two. Hull says she’ll display ready-made shirts in deli cases.

Instead of using bags at the store, Hull plans to use to-go boxes like a restaurant would.

T-Shirt Kitchen and Wicked Stitch will have separate entrances, though customers can walk between them.

Hull says she thinks the playful T-shirt Kitchen name is fitting with the actual restaurants at Clifton Square.

“I think it’s going to go really well over there.”

Carrie Rengers has been a reporter for almost three decades, including 16 years at The Wichita Eagle. Her Have You Heard? column of business scoops runs five days a week in The Eagle. If you have a tip, please e-mail or tweet her or call 316-268-6340.
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