Neighbors often swap stories over the proverbial fence, but a couple of Bradley Fair businesses actually are swapping spaces.
The Frame Shop and LBD Etc. are closed this week in preparation for reopening next week in each other’s spaces.
“We were glad for the opportunity,” says JoAnn Millsap, who owns the frame shop with her husband, Marshall.
The store has been at the center for more than 20 years.
“This is our third location in Bradley Fair,” Millsap says.
She says her business is now more focused on custom framing, so the move is a chance to reconfigure the store’s space to fit that.
“Our custom framing business has grown so much, and now our needs have changed,” Millsap says. “We are excited to reconfigure our space and freshen up our store.”
Barbara Mann says she was looking to expand her dress shop, which opened in 2010.
“Wichita’s been very good to me,” she says. “Things seem to be booming.”
There will be an opportunity for new lines, which Mann says she’s always adding.
“We’re constantly adding lines as we see that they fit into the Wichita market.”
The plan is for the two shops to reopen on Monday.
Millsap says the Frame Shop has been in business since 1975 – long before Bradley Fair opened. She says she doesn’t want to leave the center.
“Bradley Fair has been just an unbelievable shopping center to be located in,” she says.
“They come from everywhere to go to Bradley Fair. It’s kind of a shopping destination when people come into town.”