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May 2017

The Gentlemen’s Issue

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Volume I - Issue XI Publisher Roy Heatherly

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Editor Scott Elpers Feature Photographer Kacy Meinecke Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Account Executive Brian Gray

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Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Amy Geiszler-Jones Whitney Pulen Lisa-Marie A. Pulley MeLinda Schnyder

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VIP Wichita May Contents events

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Honors Night Tallgrass Film Association Shaken Not Stirred Midwest Winefest Aveda Catwalk for Water Chisholm Trail Plaque Unveiling Nigerian Association of Women It Takes a Village Fundraiser 100 Men Who Can Cook The Workroom’s 4th Anniversary Market Talent Solutions Coalition Doris Kerr Larkins Brunch Fairy Tea Party Polo on the Plains Launch Party 4 Wichita Reception Gridiron Cast Afterparty Jester’s Masquerade Gala Blue Jean Bingo BBQ, Bread and Brews Blue for Brian Fundraiser Dance for Kids Zumbathon Photographic Arts National Exhibition Savor the Symphony Boots and Bling Gala Walk MS Veterinary Continuing Education Trouble Maker’s Cove Grand Opening


CEO Spotlight - Britt Fulmer #WichitaFlag ICT Girl Boss - Kelsey Metzinger VIP Professional - Cigar Chateau Men’s Fashion Preview Terradyne Country Club VIP Interview: Real Men, Real Heroes My Favorite Space - Tim Norton Who Wore What

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Men’s Fashion Preview photographed at Dockum Apothecary Photographed by Kacy Meinecke



24 May 2017 • 7

VIP Calendar of Events May 2017 Sunday


Monday 1

Wednesday 2







Pedal-Palooza Dierks Bentley Wichita Art Museum Intrust Bank Arena 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m.





Prairie Fire Marathon Downtown Wichita 7:30 a.m.


11 Blooms, Brews and Bloody Marys Botanica 6 p.m.




Amber Waves Beer Walk & Tasting Tour Delano District 6 p.m.



The Officers Down 5k Sedgwick County Park 8 a.m.


24 Conor Oberst The Orpheum 8 p.m.




13 Evolution Fighting Championship Kansas Star 6 p.m.

19 Huey Lewis & The News Kansas Star 7:30 p.m.


Wichita Grand Opera Champagne Ball Hyatt Regency 6 p.m.



Mother’s Day in the Gardens Botanica 11 a.m.


20 Midwest Beerfest Century II 1 p.m.


27 Steampunk Day Cowtown 10 a.m.




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VIP • Textron Aviation Activity Center

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Honors Night

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 54th Annual Honors Night on April 11 at the Textron Aviation Activity Center. The sold-out event recognized three kinds of achievement: individual, corporate and architectural. Dawson Grimsley, retired president/owner of Davis-Moore Auto Group, was the recipient of the Chamber’s most prestigious individual award, the Uncommon Citizen. Chris Callen, CEO of Builders Plus Construction and Grit Virtual, was honored with the Exceptional Young Leader award. Foley Equipment Co. was the recipient of the Spirit of Wichita Award. Conco Construction and Howard + Helmer Architecture received the Over the Years Award. The Wichita Art Museum Art Garden was awarded The Keeper of the Plains Award. Each honor is bestowed in recognition of a unique contribution to the enhancement of our community. Look for photos at

Ann Konecny, Vanessa Dondlinger, Raymond Dondlinger

Chris Shank, Vanessa Stupay, David Stupay

10 • May 2017

Sam Frey, Patricia McDonnell, Barbara Frey, Susan Wilhite, Gregg Wilhite

Craig Duerksen, Sherdeill Breathett Sr.

Destiny Pello, Juan Hernandez

Amy Blasdel, Kyle Blasdel, Rachel Hauber, Luke Kunkel, Nichole Kunkel

Ashley Moore, Crystal McDonald

Dyan Thornton, Karman Diehl

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce Honors Night

Beau Boggess, Marty Conejo, Garrett Clay Jeff Longwell, Terry Johnson, Tom Johnson

DJ McClenny, Matt Cortez, Nick Penner Lindsay Young, Ross Link, Troy Sanders

Angie Prather, Barby Jobe

Kurt Grier, Jon Robinson

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Shirts Stenströms Measure Up Tim Pile, Kelby Burton, Lauren Clary, David Dennis

May 2017 • 11

VIP • Abode Venue

Tallgrass Film Association

Shaken Not Stirred Kim Garci, Denise Bullock

Stephanie Anderson, Natalie Moyer

Jamil Malone, Lynda Carrier-Metz

Renee Duxler, Sharon Pullins

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


haken Not Stirred: The Martini Shot, a fundraiser for the Tallgrass Film Association hosted by filmmaker Blayne Weaver, took place at Abode Venue on April 5. “The Martini shot” is Hollywood lingo for the last shot of the day on a film set. Attendees created a Martini shot set from start to finish for the TFA Emerging Programmer Apprentices group filmmaking project. This summer, the EPA Class of 2017 will work together to write, produce, direct and edit a short movie using the set created at Shaken Not Stirred. The film will premiere at the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival in October. Look for photos at

Reena Crisler, Jack Silvers, Nan Lloyd

Jeff Van Sickle, Janice Van Sickle

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David Jarbara, Jennifer Baig, John Dorsett, Lynnette Dorsett

Gary Patterson, Ann Patterson

Adrian Ornelas, Jordan Walker

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May 2017 • 13

VIP • Century II

Midwest Winefest


he capstone of the three-day Midwest Winefest, its Grand Tasting, attracted an appreciative crowd of about 3,000 people on April 22 at Century II. Attendees enjoyed an abundance of wine and food. Each area represented a type of wine, country, or region and there were more than 350 wines to enjoy. Along with the stroll, there were two special April Houle, Stacy Johnson, Michelle Winter, Crystal Rosas venues: the Vineyard Patio on Kennedy Plaza and the Reserve Room, designed for VIP patrons. The evening also included silent and live auctions. The event is now in its 22nd year and raises more than $400,000 from the three days of activities. Proceeds support Guadalupe Health Foundation, which provides grants to Guadalupe Clinic. The clinic provides health care services to the working poor and underserved in the Wichita area. Clinic Executive Director Dave Gear credits Winefest’s success to numerous sponsors, the 45-plus restaurants — which all volunteer their food and staff — hundreds of volunteers, and the attendees, many of whom return year after year. “Everyone comes to have a wonderful time to benefit this foundation,” he said. Look for photos at Kerri Baalmann, Sarah West, Corri Roberts

Dave Carter, Jodi Guillemette

Robyn Kezar, Greg Sullivan, Margi Young

Robin Leonard, Susan Rutherford

Dave Gear, Carrie Mulligan

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Corbin Turpin, Megan Turpin

Jeff Longwell, Susie Longwell

Duane Leverenz, Bryan Vanderweide

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May 2017 • 15

CEO Spotlight

Britt Fulmer

Story by Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Kacy Meinecke Editor’s Note: CEO Spotlight is a reccuring monthly feature on CEOs, presidents and business owners in the Wichita area.


ritt Fulmer doesn’t just look the part of a sharp dressed man and help others achieve the look – he can actually play ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.” The owner of Gentry Ltd., Fulmer plays bass guitar in the tribute band Deja Vu, which includes the rock song as part of its repertoire. When he and his three bandmates play the song, they dress the part – donning long gray beards, dark shades and hats to recreate the ZZ Top look. Dressing for the part is important, especially when it comes to the business professionals who comprise most of the clientele who shop at Gentry Ltd., a high-end menswear shop in Wichita’s Waterfront development. Gentry was originally founded in 1965 as a college prep clothing store for men and is now a premier clothier for gentlemen looking for fashionable casual and business attire, including customized, tailored pieces.

“I encourage guys to always remember when they go to the office to look like the professional they aspire to be,” said Fulmer, who recently celebrated 40 years with the company. “Your physical appearance is the glasses through which people view how you present yourself.” Fulmer got an understanding of that early in his life. He was in seventh grade, preparing for his first junior high school dance in his hometown of Topeka, and his dad decided he needed to look the part of a proper young man. Fulmer recalls how excited he was to try on dress clothes at the menswear store where his dad shopped. “I thought, ‘This is the coolest thing.’” The cool factor never wore off for Fulmer, who got his first job in a men’s clothing store – Starbuck’s in Topeka – while in high school. When he went to the University of Kansas to study advertising, he worked full time at Mister Guy, even though his dad paid for his college. After college he went to work for his dad, a land developer. He lasted only a few months in the real estate field, but he again learned a valuable lesson from his father that would serve him well in retail, he said. As Fulmer tallied up his commission from his first listing and eagerly Continued on Page 94

VIP • The Hudson

Aveda Catwalk for Water Mak Kolarik, Josh Holmes, Kelcie Johanek, Sandra Aguilera, Nichole Peck Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


ocal Aveda salons came together on April 4 to host their annual Catwalk for Water fashion show at The Hudson. Guests enjoyed an evening of recycled fashion to raise money in support of Aveda’s mission to care for the world we live in. All of the clothing in the fashion show was designed by local Aveda salons and created out of recycled and repurposed materials. Proceeds from the evening went to local Aveda partner Audubon of Kansas to continue clean water efforts and education. Look for photos at

Hannah Brockman, Kendall Schoenekase

Jamie Grey, Kyle Powers

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Magaly Morales, Graham Ross, Klaiborne Arnold

Ciera Hermann, Kirk Meyers

Damen Page, Carrie Rengers, Cassandra Bryan, Lauren Mercado

Karla Zerr, Sydney Hackler

Aubrey Campbell, Michelle Yanda

Aveda Catwalk for Water


Casi Nelson, Jessica Moore, Jenifer Hiebert, Kaitlin Kinnick, Natalia Wiebe


Jeff Lange, Patti Lange, Tiffani Lange

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May 2017 • 19

VIP • Union Station

Chisholm Trail Plaque Unveiling Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


nion Station has a new plaque indicating the role of Wichita’s first train station in the Chisholm Trail, the historical cattle trail that linked Texas and Kansas. The plaque was unveiled April 6 during a ceremony hosted by Occidental Management, which is renovating and redeveloping Union Station and surrounding buildings on its campus into a new dining, entertainment and office space complex. The Chisholm Trail is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Santa Fe depot at 701 E. Douglas played a central role in the shipping of cattle that were driven to Wichita from Texas. Up to 125 train carloads of cattle a day were shipped from 1872 through 1876, notes the plaque. Union Station, dedicated in 1914, replaced the Santa Fe depot. The plaque was unveiled by Gary Oborny, chairman and CEO of Occidental Management; Lavonta Williams of the Wichita City Council; and Hoyt Hillman and Mary Lou Rivers, who are involved in helping commemorate the Chisholm Trail’s anniversary. Look for photos at

Ty Tabing, Janet Miller, Scott Schwindaman

Andrew Nave, Gary Plummer, John Madden

20 • May 2017

Bryan Frye, Chad Stafford, Gary Oborny

Lavonta Williams, James Clendenin

Gary Calkins, Tracee Adams

Ross Link, Brandy Willett, Yvette Tulk, Michael Frimel

Nancy Lawrence, Jim Martinson, Lori DeWinkler

Chisholm Trail Plaque Unveiling

Don LacKamp, Terry Malone, Jeff Kennedy

Stan Smith, Gary Oborny, Cuy Mauck

Hoyt Hillman, Drew Meek, Mary Lou Rivers

Bruce Rowley, Trevor Crotts, Scott Redler

May 2017 • 21

#WichitaFlag When asked why they choose to call Wichita home, many people list that “it’s a great place to raise a family.” We’re grateful for all the moms (and Mr. Moms) who are instilling a love of Wichita in their kiddos from an early age. And as Mother’s Day approaches on May 14, you might consider gifting the moms in your life with some flag swag. You can find a list of retailers at Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Looking for a great location for family photos? The Wichita flag murals make a perfect backdrop. Visit for a complete list. Photo from @hollywoodlandon on Instagram.

Sending Mother’s Day love to all the moms of fur babies as well! Photo from @kelseyprather on Instagram.

Saturday strolls in downtown Wichita are made complete with a photo op with the flag. Photo from @a.short.storey on Instagram.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes view of @wichitamoms Mother’s Day photo series. Find them on Instagram to follow along. Photo by Sally Cavanaugh Films and Photos.

“As a military family, we have moved a lot and we sure do love Wichita. Happy to call this place home, even if just for a little bit.” - Tomi Schwandt | Photo from @wichitamoms.

Future Wichitan, coming July 2017! Photo from @megforeman on Instagram.

22 • May 2017

VIP • Venue 3130

Nigerian Association of Women

It Takes a Village Fundraiser Ziggy Aginar, Roseline Onijala, Agnes Akpan, Bose Adeagbo, Bimbola Osunsanmi, Grace Ivanga

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Nigerian Association of Women held its spring fundraiser, “It Takes a Village,” on March 18 at Venue 3130. The keynote speaker was De’Broada Cornelius, author of “My Way: Finding My Way Back to Me.” Other evening festivities included a fashion show, auction and entertainment by a comedian. Look for photos at

Ngozi Iweha, Bimbola Osunsanmi, De’Broada Cornelius

Charles Clemons, Christa Clemons

24 • May 2017

Adepeju Adetanji, Gbemisola Ekundayo

Steve Ihekuna, Emeka Ohaebosim

Nisha Jackson-Weems, Tracee Adams, Wakeelah Martinez, Azeb Telele

Mary Hughes, Dr. Everard Hughes

Agnes Akpan, Ngozi Iweha

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Vera Onianwa, Rosetta Williams, Shayla Woods









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Amanda Valliant, Eric Nana Baffour

Carmen Jones, Vanessa Atughonu

W W W.O M N I B I Z LO U N G E .C O M Felicia Ihekona, Bea Ikerionwu, Ndidi Odunze

May 2017 • 25

VIP • Century II

100 Men Who Can Cook Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


Rachael Shipley, Shauna Pugh, Lisa Woolsey

he Pando Initiative held its event 100 Men Who Cook at the Century II Exhibition Hall on April 8. Just as the name suggests, 100 local men came together to prepare some of their favorite recipes ranging from appetizers to main dishes and even desserts. Guests were able to tip their favorite chefs and at the end of the night the top chefs were honored. Along with the wonderful food, there were also experiences up for live auction including: a Mexican fiesta prepared by Wichita Eagle restaurant writer and blogger Denise Neil, an Italian dinner prepared by former television anchor Susan Peters and a three-course meal from North High’s Culinary Arts award-winning menu. All proceeds raised go towards helping Pando Initiative’s students thrive in education. Look for photos at Mona Hobson, Carol Burket

Tracey Stover, Kelly Rains, Barbara Waitt

Mary Benton, Kelsey Lu

26 • May 2017

Alysha Phillips, Phillip Besperat

Judy Frick, Susan Hussey, Mel Hussey, Carla Smith, Roger Smith, Gloria Martin, Roger Martin

Pat Walston, Susan Walston

Randy Johnson, Kris Johnson

100 Men Who Can Cook

Ginny Bair, Mary Blain, Mel Hussey

Lexie Dill, Abbie Kerr

Barry Linnens, Mike Michaelis

Dee Michaelis, Nancy Brammer

Kathy Knock, Vicki Cady, Kathy Wood

May 2017 • 27

VIP • The Workroom

The Workroom’s 4th Anniversary Market

Fabiola De Loera, Aaron Lua, Gilbert Estrella, Kelsey Cattelino

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Workroom, a home decor retail store and sewing workroom, celebrated its fourth anniversary and kicked off its 2017 outdoor market season on a windy April 15. Part of Cleveland Avenue was blocked off to make room for more than 60 local artists exhibits and a dozen food and beverage vendors. Attendees enjoyed music from Tom Page Trio, Jenny Wood, Sun & Stone, and Moreland Arbuckle. The Workroom hosts the 2nd Saturday Artisan Market. Look for photos at

Kelli Ridgeway, Kirsten Chamberlin, Hannah Evans

Jack Forck, Melody Forck, Jordan Minnis-Forck

28 • May 2017

Jess Benson, Lauren Goger

Steve Suellentrop, Erica Smith

Jenny Wood, Seth Blume, Bella Blume, Heather Woolridge

Alex Jost, Meghan Cummings, Ian Cummings

Tessa Seybert, Ann Seybert, Mike Seybert

The Workroom’s 4th Anniversary Market

Eric Selzer, Bethany Selzer

Lindsay Mills, Jamey Bailey

Shane Waggoner, Cindy Waggoner

Emily Bell, Aundrea Reynolds

Lauren Hirsh, Daryl Hirsh

Daniel Gegen, Tina Thomas

John Koehn, Tom Ziegler

Sommer Camp, Cassie Standley

Joseph Doan, Thao Nguyen

Benito Carrillo, Maria Laughlin, Bob Laughlin

May 2017 • 29

VIP • National Center for Aviation Training

Talent Solutions Coalition

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley Steve Quimby, Paul Hodges, James Pickard, Crystal Maguire, Debbie Wiggins


alent Solutions Coalition (TSC) hosted a Talent Planning Management Best Practices Forum at the National Center for Aviation Training on March 23 and 24. Sheree Utash, president of Wichita Area Technical College, was one of the featured presenters. WATC serves as the managing partner for NCAT. Attendees of the forum included leaders from aviation employers; aviation training, education and certification programs and services; and economic development organizations, who came from all over the United States to attend. TSC operates as a national talent supply chain for the aviation industry and was featured recently in Inside Higher Education. Look for photos at

David Tucker, Jason Napier, Mike Gehrich

Don Sharp, Randy Roebuck

30 • May 2017

Joe Kitterman, Sheree Utash

Sandra Fearon, Jennifer McNelly

Jason Bowersock, Greg Wilson, Ian Roark, John Moffatt

Corianne Waller, Christine Wampach

Arthur Rousseau, Steve Quimby

Talent Solutions Coalition [ move-in ready – andover schools ]

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May 2017 • 31

ICTGirl Boss Kelsey Metzinger Kelsey Metzinger Owner Bungalow 26 1613 B West Douglas


ungalow 26 is a lifestyle store with an emphasis on local goods, eclectic home decor, body products and fragrance. I make several bath and body lines in the store, as well as soy candles. My joke is that I'm the owner/CEO/ cashier/janitor. August will be the 11year anniversary. We opened in 2006. What inspired you to start your own business? I love retail, I love shopping, I love this city and I believe that little shops and restaurants really play an important role in a city’s identity. I wanted to be part of that and offer things that you don’t easily find here. I import lines from France, I find small batch products from all around the U.S. as well as fair-trade products. Do you have a mentor or someone who influenced your life professionally? My husband - he’s not really a mentor, but I really could not have done this without his support. It’s hard to be married to an entrepreneur! What’s your most significant professional accomplishment so far? I’m proud I’ve been open this long! I take a lot of pride in the fact that I see the same people week after week, and year after year. What’s your favorite aspect of Wichita’s business community? Wichita is a metropolitan city in some aspects, but it’s also got the soul of a small town. Everyone knows everyone

Photographed by Kacy Meinecke

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VIP • The Kansas African American Museum

Doris Kerr Larkins Brunch

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


Christyn Gunter, Marie Gillespie, Bonnie Bing, Mark McCormick

he Kansas African American Museum hosted its second annual brunch to honors its founder Doris Kerr Larkins and present awards to two outstanding Kansas women on April 8 at the museum. Bonnie Bing emceed the ceremony, which included the recitation of Langston Hughes’ “Negro Mother” poem by Timora Parker and keynote remarks by Bernadette GrayLittle, The University of Kansas chancellor. Awards were presented to Drs. Rhea Rogers and Fannette Thornhill-Scott. Larkins helped save the building that houses TKAAM, the former Calvary Baptist Church, from being torn down to become a parking lot. The museum was originally founded as the First National Black Historical Society in 1973. It became known as The Kansas African American Museum in 1997. Look for photos at

Amenah Beruni-Strange, Ra’Shualaama Bashira

Brigetta Young, Jo Bogan

Emelyn Rogers, Dr. Rhea Rogers-Knowles, George Rogers, Dr. Fannette Thornhill-Scott, Mark McCormick, Bernadette Gray-Little

Akiiki “Daisy” Kabagarama, Alicia Thompson

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Alayia Holder, Carolyn Goodman

Timora Parker, Cindi Donaldson

Mary Dean, Terri Rice

Doris Kerr Larkins Brunch


Jan Harrison, Carol Cole, Karen Cayce, Lisa Dodson



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VIP • Botanica

Fairy Tea Party MillieBeth Bryant, Kelly Bryant

Kathy Sweeney, Maureen Wilson

fairy tea party was held at Botanica on April 8. Each child received a pair of fairy wings and visited various stations to make their own matching fairy tutu and wand. There was also a flower station, which allowed guests to bring home a piece of the gardens. Tea party treats were provided by Blue Moon Caterers. Around lunchtime, Ballet Wichita performed for the attendees. Disney princesses Belle and Cinderella were also there posing for photos. The event was part of Botanica’s Tulips, Fairies & Forts series that took place every Saturday from March 25 through April 15. Look for photos at

Tania Pepper, Layla Pepper

Marylynn Steichen, Laura Steichen

Sarah Kisling, Philomena Kisling

Belle, Hattie Brensing, Cinderella

Melissa Nguyen, Milania Nguyen

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


Evelyn Krohn, Joy Krohn, Lillie Krohn

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Tronda Norwood, Savannah Norwood

Marica Adversalo, Gabriella Adversalo, Kathy Stucky

Fairy Tea Party


Kaylee LaViolette, Ambyre King


Linda Bowser, Charlie Idbeis, Courtney Idbeis

Indoor and outdoor Daycare with doggie pools and splash pad!

Makena Wullschleger, Rachel Wullschleger

Ellen Garcia, Eva Glancy

We also customize each pets stay with additional activities such as: Day Play • One on one time Extra 15 minute walk Daily text photos • GoPro Time Nightly tuck in with biscuit Peanut Butter Kong treat Ice Cream Social • Mind teaser treat Exercise time with mind game




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PLANET HAIR STYLISTS AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK Two stylists and a makeup artist from Planet Hair recently got the opportunity to showcase the innovative hair salon, and their talents, at Fashion Week in New York City. Stylists Jessie McMillin and Melissa Thornton worked backstage on the model's hair, while artist Emma Terry did their makeup. For their careers, it doesn't get any bigger than this. "Huge for me," admitted Terry. "Something that I dreamed about wanting to do since I was a little girl. I never thought I'd be able to do it." They were chosen because their salon is a part of the Aveda Network. Planet Hair sponsored their education and covered their travel expenses. Their job was to turn a designer's idea into reality. "It was an amazing opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone, which I felt was really necessary to do pretty often," said Thornton. For them, they've been dreaming about this opportunity since they were little girls. "I never thought she'd be a part of it until just this year, and all my dreams came true," said McMillin.


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May 2017 • 39

VIP • Walser Automotive Group

Polo on the Plains Launch Party Debbie Rempe, Mike Rempe, Kelly Duvanel, Michele Deutsch, Kent Deutsch Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


launch party for Polo on the Plains was held on at Walser Automotive Gpoup’s Jaguar and Land Rover Wichita dealership on Arpil 20. The event was the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the upcoming 4th annual Polo on the Plains benefit for Kidzcope on June 11 at Fairfield Polo Club. All proceeds from Polo on the Plains will be used to assure that local grieving children and families can find hope at Kidzcope. Look for photos at

Joe Tigert, Suzi Meitzner, Pete Meitzner

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hen the Cigar Chateau opened in 1993 in northeast Wichita, its entire store took up about 1,000 square feet. The store has grown so much in 24 years that now its walk-in humidor is 1,000 square feet alone. Located at 3409 N. Rock Road, the shop also sells cigar accessories ranging from upright to tabletop humidors, sturdy ashtrays and cleverly designed cigar holders; tobacco pipes that range from simple corncob pipes to hand-carved masterpieces; 60 different types of pipe tobacco; and some wine and cocktail accessories. In the back of the shop, there’s a special area to enjoy one’s cigar purchase: the Diamond Crown Lounge. The lounge, which opened in 2004, takes its name from the elite Diamond Crown cigar brand created by the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., America’s oldest family-owned premier cigar maker based in Florida. Cigar Chateau was one of the first dealers in the Midwest to carry the brand, said Kris Booker, the store’s general manager since 1999. “It’s a place where guys can come smoke and hang out,” explained Booker. But the lounge isn’t just for guys only, he noted. Plenty of women are enjoying cigars, too. The lounge features large leather club chairs and three TV screens so smokers can catch up on news and sports. No alcohol is allowed in the lounge. Its patrons include everyone from blue-collar workers to entrepreneurs to lawyers, and from the newly able-tosmoke 18-year-old customer to a 90-year-old with plenty of cigar-smoking experience. For those who want to enjoy a cigar more frequently in the lounge setting, customers can purchase a year-long membership to the lounge, costing $350, or $450 if renting a humidified locker. A day pass is available for anyone making a cigar purchase of at least $10 that day. Continued on Page 96

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one are the days when a change of seasons meant very little to fashionable men. This spring offers more than the tailored suit in a slightly lighter neutral color or the “uniform” of blue jeans and a polo shirt. There’s so much to choose from that even guys who don’t consider themselves fashion conscious will have an interest in the new and refreshing variety. First of all think color. Get ready for colors you usually see only on the golf course. Go for bright sport coats, bright jeans, bright shirts and plenty of bright ties. If you’ve been a holdout on wearing anything pink, this is the season to break down. Lots of pink in every category, but if you’re a blues guy, the spectrum is wide and fresh from pastel to sky to midnight blue. And you’ll be seeing spots, but, no, not big polka dots. The dots for the guys are tiny, pin dots. Look for them in shirt fabrics and accessories. Be a bow tie guy. If you’ve been putting off getting a bow tie, wait no longer. It’s one of the top looks this season. Vests also are a spring and summer wardrobe necessity. It’s the perfect piece when you want to add something extra to a pants and shirt combo. Wear it with everything from your suit to your jeans. Fabrics are better than ever. The lightest of lightweight wool, nubby cotton sweater materials, linen, both hefty and tissue thin, and sleek, cool cottons are ready for rising temperatures. - Bonnie Bing

When summer temperatures soar, pull out your straw boater, this one by Stetson, $95, from Hatman Jack’s. Add white linen and cotton pieces to make a suit or mix with your favorite wardrobe pieces. Pants, $79.50, jacket, $175, vest, $79.50, gray and white stripe cotton shirt, $32.70. All by Perry Ellis. Pink, equestrian print tie, $79.50, and pocket square, $29.50, both by Daniel Cremieux. Gray suede shoes by Steve Madden, $85. All at Dillard’s.

Choose a bright color for a new sport coat this season. Left, a bright blue linen, wool and silk blend sport coat by Calvin Klein, $250, is worn with lightweight wool slacks by Santorelli, $195, and a striped cotton shirt by Brooks Brothers, $192. All at Von Maur. Right, A bright green wool sport coat by Jack Victor, $550, slacks of pima cotton by Peter Millar, $125, and cotton shirt by Canali, $255. Silk bowtie, $69.50, and silk pocket square by Eton, $69.50. All at Gentry Ltd. Straw hat by Scalla, $49, at Hatman Jack’s.

A versatile black, windowpane plaid jacket of linen, $195, by Talia tops a microprint shirt by Hugo Boss, of cotton, $145, and cotton slacks by Ben Sherman, $79. Shoes with double buckle, by Nolen Monk, $185. All at Johnston’s Clothiers.

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Terradyne Country Club


erradyne Country Club is an exclusive private country club, golf course and residential community just minutes from east Wichita. Located in Andover, the grand clubhouse is not visible from the main thoroughfare until you turn into Terradyne Drive. Newcomers are awestruck at the breathtaking three story brick and columned clubhouse. It sits on a hill boasting of grandeur and elegance reminiscent of the ancient clubhouse castles in Scotland. Built in 1985, the conceptual vision for this great golf course and club was to offer a tranquil resort atmosphere with second and third floor hotel rooms where one could stay and play golf in a luxurious and peaceful setting.

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marriage of the traditional barbershop with the modern day conveniences of a salon, IRVIN JACKS MENS BARBER SPA is a locally owned and operated business that believes in offering an exceptional experience for their guests as much as they believe in giving back to the community. IRVIN JACKS combines the best works from barbering, styling, and men’s grooming in order to offer clients what they deserve: the ultimate experience that offers relaxation, a comfortable masculine environment with leather chairs, Wi-Fi, big screens, patio area, JACKS LOUNGE, and services that guarantee you’ll step out looking detailed and dapper. OLD SCHOOL. NEW MAN. Men of all ages are welcome at IRVIN JACKS, even those they call little gentlemen. Father’s often favor bringing their sons (or little daughters) in on Saturday mornings so they can enjoy the IRVIN JACKS experience together. Operated by the brother/sister duo, Nathan DeSpain alongside Felicia DeSpain, work with their team striving to lead everyone at IRVIN JACKS in delivering exceptional services to all clients. IRVIN JACKS is named after their late grandfather who started one of his first businesses barbering before the age of 12. During World War II, he served in the US Marine Corps where he used his barbering skills cutting hair for officers and enlisted men. As a Platoon Sergeant, he was sent to the South Pacific where he fought bravely in Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, and Tinian. His perseverance, intense work ethic, and dedication to task influenced both Nathan and Felicia’s lives greatly. It seemed fitting to honor his legacy in this way. IRVIN JACKS believes men should have a place, just as women do, where they feel comfortable receiving hair, grooming, and spa services. IRVIN JACKS MENS BARBER SPA is that place! You will often hear Felicia saying, “We are here to help you look even more amazing than you already do!” We encourage you to stop in at IRVIN JACKS to enjoy one of their many services: a shave, haircut, beard detail, MANicure, foot detail, facial, microdermabrasion, shoeshine, or hair removal (ears, nose, brows, back), just to name a few. Yes! They can get rid of that unsightly hair, helping you to look less like a Caveman and more like Superman. Ladies, a certificate to IRVIN JACKS will be well appreciated by all men in your life. No more struggling to find that perfect gift. Do yourself and favor and stop in at IRVIN JACKS. You deserve it! “Over my life of fifty years of haircuts from some of the best…. in the 30 different places I have lived, as well as getting haircuts in top salons in Beverly Hills, Nashville, Boston……I am delighted to find the best haircut is right here where I live...Wichita! A person might say, “How hard is it to cut men’s hair?” Believe me, there is a difference between the average cut and the best cut that makes people compliment me on how great my hair looks, not just the day it was cut, but every day as it starts to get longer again. Thank you IRVIN JACKS….for finally bringing excellence to Wichita! I love that the spa and the entire environment of Irvin Jacks is more geared to men….and not the typical women-focused salon environment.” - D.J.

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our-Wichita is a board of more than 40 local community leaders who have been tasked with assisting the University Of Kansas School of MedicineWichita campus with its transition to a four-year institution. On April 11 following the 4-Wichita board meeting, Dr. Alex Ammar and his wife, Pamela, hosted a cocktail hour and buffet from Olive Tree catering at their College Hill home. Look for photos at Jan Chang, Dr. Fred Chang, Jim Tangeman, Sandy Tangeman

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he cast of the annual Gridiron show gathered at the home of Mike and Molly McMillin after this year’s final performance April 1 at the Orpheum. A few guests who were not in the cast got to hear some funny backstage stories. Gifts were presented to Jean Ann Cusick, director, Ben Anderson, producer, and Brett Valliant, music director. This year’s show, “Gridiron 2017, Doo Dah Land,” was presented by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. This year $7,000 in scholarship money was raised through proceeds from ticket sales. Thanks to the performers who donate their time every year, nearly $230,000 in scholarship have been awarded to journalism students in Kansas colleges by Society of Professional Journalists. Next year, cast, crew and organizers will celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary. Look for photos at

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entoring works. That’s the basic principle behind Real Men, Real Heroes, a nonprofit that started in Wichita in 2008 as a program to introduce African-American youth who lack positive male influences to real men in their community who are everyday heroes. Sherdeill Breathett, who works in Sedgwick County’s economic development department, was one of the first to get involved with the project that was initially funded by Wichita philanthropist Barry Downing. Breathett grew up in Chicago without a consistent father figure until a high school classmate’s father mentored him and helped him land a scholarship to play football at the University of Oklahoma in the early 1980s. Breathett became a mentor in 1991 with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Sedgwick County and is a co-founder of Real Men, Real Heroes, for which he currently serves as board president. “I’m a strong believer that the best investment we can make in life is sharing life with someone who is less fortunate than ourselves,” he said. “We have to do more than sit on the sideline making comments about the condition of our community and get in the game and make a

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real difference.” Real Men, Real Heroes is producing real results, Breathett said. “It’s more than a feel-good story, we can see the difference in a tangible way and it shows in the classroom and in the community,” he said. “Our high school participants have a 100 percent graduation rate and go on to college and/or trade school. We’re raising leaders!” Other communities are modeling mentoring programs after Wichita’s Real Men, Real Heroes. Garden City created Real Men, Real Leaders for Hispanic youth, and Breathett recently met with community organizers in Shreveport, Louisiana. VIP: What is the mission of RMRH? SB: Many of our children are growing up without strong male leadership, and many times none that’s consistently positive. We hope to change that narrative by leading them in a structured path that’s H = honorable, E = exemplary, R = responsible and O = optimistic. VIP: How does RMRH do that? SB: Annually, we impact over 5,000 youth via in-school group

mentoring, assemblies and the like. Our weekly Monday gatherings at our base location – Chester Lewis Academy at 1847 N. Chautauqua – average roughly 50-plus. With the exception of one part-time employee, we’re all volunteers. We have 40 mentors and a target of adding 10 a year for the next five years to provide a strong base for future growth and stability. VIP: Tell us about your programs. SB: Our programs include Future Heroes, weekly mentoring for third- through 12th-grade boys, and Teen Heroes, high school seniors who serve as role models to younger kids. With Future Heroes, we track quarterly grade reports, behavior conduct as it relates to respect factors at home, school and in the general public, and dress – no sagging pants or shirts untucked. Our Teen Heroes model ideal student conduct, grades and they share often at school assemblies. Each year we nominate 10 junior students, five girls and five boys from diverse ethnic backgrounds who are students of USD 259, to serve their senior year. We provide them scholarships upon graduation to be used toward their education. Through our interactions, we work to provide college/ trade school exposure, as well as spending time working on projects related to literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields. VIP: What results are you seeing? SB: A large portion of the youth we serve come from a home with a single parent, primarily a mother. We have joined on several occasions at parent/teacher conferences and the results have been good. Grades have improved and so have attitudes. This year we witnessed our first Future Hero nominated and serving as a Teen Hero.That’s a win from our vantage point. This individual was struggling academically. Buddy Shannon of our group assembled a few of us heroes to meet with him, to encourage him utilizing direct intervention, care and great concern with his mom nearby. Well, it worked and he’s a shining star! I’m confident he’ll aspire to greatness in whatever career field he decides upon. VIP: If someone knows of a child who would benefit from RMRH, how can they help get the child involved with RMRH? SB: Contact our office by calling 316-973-0544 or visit VIP: How does someone become a hero? SB: It requires two heroes to nominate a person. Thorough background checks are done and we have a one-year candidacy process to ensure it’s a good fit for everyone. VIP: How is the organization funded? SB: We’re a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit tax-exempt youth-mentoring organization, so we solicit funding from the general public, foundations, etc. Our 10-member board supports our cause annually with a minimum contribution of $250 per member. VIP: How can readers support RMRH? SB: Spread the word, consider joining us, send tax deductible donations via or by mail: 1847 N. Chautauqua, Wichita, Kansas 67214. Our annual fundraising event is 6 to 8 p.m. on July 11 at the Wichita Marriott and our keynote speaker that night will be astronaut Guy Bluford, the first African-American to venture into outer space.

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he Down Syndrome Society of Wichita held its Jester’s Masquerade Gala at the Hyatt Regency on April Fool’s Day. Along with masks and magic, the event featured stand-up comedian Alonzo Bodden, season 3 winner of NBC’s show “Last Comic Standing.” The evening started with a cocktail hour where guests enjoyed some up-close magic and bid on silent auction items before awards were presented to Congressman Ron Estes, Dr. Elaine Harrington, Caitlin Link and DJA Financial Aid Services. The hosts of the evening were KWCH anchor Michael Schwanke and 2017 Miss Kansas contestant Krystian Fish. Look for photos at

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lue Jean Bingo, a popular fundraiser for Goodwill Industries of Kansas, provided an evening of food, drinks, a silent auction, and, of course, bingo on April 7 at Abode Venue. Goodwill Industries of Kansas supports and educates people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill President and CEO Emily Compton was pleased with the attendance and support her organization received at the sold-out fundraiser. Its popularity, she said, is due to its relaxed nature — hence the name — and the fun of bingo. “It’s a casual, laid-back time,” she said. Bingo players were helped by a host of energetic celebrity bingo callers: Kevin Jenks, Kacy Meinecke, Todd Ramsey, Melissa Scheffler, Lavonta Williams and Careth and Lukas of B-98. Lead sponsors were B-98, KWCH-12, KSCW, Abode Venue, Capitol Federal, SJCF Architecture and High Touch Technologies. Look for photos at

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BBQ, Bread and Brews Madeleine Hitchcock, Chris Hitchcock, Matt Long

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he Mid-America All-Indian Center hosted its firstever BBQ, Bread & Brews on March 25. More than150 attendees sampled barbecue, bread, beer and coffee from a number of local businesses. In addition, several artists had their work on display and there were an assortment of yard games available. Look for photos at

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hisholm Place, a memory care community, held a fundraiser for Wichita police Officer Brian Arterburn and his family on March 21. Arterburn suffered extensive injuries in early February while answering a local call. During the fundraiser, Chisholm Place residents and children in attendance made get well cards, while items donated by local businesses were raffled and a few brave employees took the plunge into a dunk tank to raise money for Arterburn and his family. Arterburn’s mother, Mary, was there along with a few officers from the Wichita Police Department. Almost $1,500 was raised. Look for photos at

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VIP • Mark Arts

Photographic Arts National Exhibition Nancy Knapp, Maureen May, Brenda Golden


ark Arts held a reception for its inaugural Photographic Arts National Exhibition March 31, which attracted a crowd of about 250. Judged as the first place winner, along with being recipient of the Mary R. Koch Memorial Award, was Untitled 14 by Morgan Ford Willingham, who won the $1,000 prize. Dennis Hodges won second place and $750, and Thien Doan received third-place honors and $500. There were four honorable mentions, each receiving $100. The exhibition closes May 14. A special highlight of the evening was honoring Bonnie Bing and Mike Michaelis for their fundraising efforts with Mark Arts, whose mission is to be a vibrant arts hub in Wichita and the region. Look for photos at

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Continued from Page 54 With its dark, rich oak and beautiful cornices, this beautiful clubhouse charms you from the moment you walk through the foyer. The main hearth room, which connects two wings of the sprawling clubhouse, is anchored by a distinctive stone fireplace that cultivates a warm and inviting area to gather with friends and family. In one direction is a members-only area, complete with its own private pub, luxurious locker space, pro shop and abundant golf

amenities. In the other direction is Hereford House, a world class restaurant open to the public, offering premier steak, world-class wine and warm and friendly hospitality. A spiral staircase in the hearth room leads to a variety of business offices on the second floor and spa and salon services on the third. Mirrored after the history where the game of golf all began, Terradyne’s golf course compliments the clubhouse with a traditional links style course. The beauty of deep green

rolling hills and dunes are woven with varying heights of native grass that creates a challenge for the golfer. From its pristine golf course to its unforgettable club house, Terradyne Country Club prides itself on the small details, like cart valet from your car to the clubhouse. That’s what makes Terradyne Country Club a step above the rest. Terradyne Country Club, with its inviting family-oriented atmosphere, is a hidden gem worth discovering.

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My Favorite Space

Tim Norton Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Scott Elpers

Now that he’s retired you might think former Sedgwick County commissioner Tim Norton’s favorite space would be on overstuffed chair where he could relax and put his feet up. You’d be wrong. Tim is all about family and his favorite space is at the head of the table. Not just any table, either. He had a table made in Yoder that will seat his entire family. The chairs also were made in Yoder. But not the church pew. A church pew that Tim’s wife, Susan, got at Kansas Newman University provides seating for a portion of one side of the expansive table. “That’s where you sit until you turn 13. When you’re 13 you get a chair. But it works great. If they’re on the pew they are sort of sequestered. They’re not going anywhere,” he said. The walls of this special dining room, which was once two bedrooms, are covered with photos and memorabilia. Tim proudly points out each grandchild’s photo and brags on their strengths, whether it’s grades, sports, excellence on a school project, musical talent, whatever. He was beaming. “And this one,” he said pointing at a granddaughter’s photo, “This is Charlotte. When she was a baby she would cry when I walked in the room, but when she turned 2, that changed. She had my heart and I had her heart,” Tim said. “And now every time we leave each other she gives me a hug and does her crazy eyes look.” Tim thinks that little ritual won’t change. “I guarantee you on her wedding day, she’ll give me that look and we’ll both cry,” he said. The Nortons did things a little differently. Most families have a big dining area when all the kids are at home, but once the children in their blended family started moving out, getting married and having children of their own, Tim was determined to have a table where everyone could be seated. “We don’t have a ‘kids table.’ I want everyone together, so we have a pew and a booster seat or whatever it takes,” he said. A sign saying “Home is where your story begins” hangs on a ceiling beam.” Tim sees it from his seat at the table. “I stress that to our kids. I tell them that everyone has a story and that just about the time you think you know someone’s story, you find out something that changed the trajectory of their life,” he said. He also believes that “family” is however you and your loved ones want to define it. “No one else should define it for you,” he said. So these beautifully crafted chairs and table aren’t used only for the family. Once a year the Sunday school class Tim has taught for more than two decades comes for dinner. “It’s after Christmas and this table accommodates the whole class,” he said. As he rubbed his hand across the tabletop, he said: “Family means everything to me.”

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VIP • Wichita Country Club

Savor the Symphony Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley Randy Routsong, Gail Routsong, DeDe Juhnke, Jerry Juhnke


avor the Symphony took place at the Wichita Country Club on April 1. It was a fundraiser for the Wichita Symphony’s educational, community outreach and audience development programs. The evening began with a champagne and wine reception and Viennese hors d’oeuvres, followed by a five-course Viennese dinner. Executive Chef Kurt LeVardi of the Wichita Country Club paired the dinner with wines from around the globe. Maestro Daniel Hege served as the emcee. Musical interludes were by John Harrison, violin, Vanessa Whalen, piano and Jane Hyde, harp. Sponsors were Lois and Joe Friesen, Groves Retail Liquor and DeDe and Jerry Juhnke. Look for photos at

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berly Farms was converted into the Wild West for Child Start’s second annual Boots and Bling Gala. The April 8 event, a glitzy, adult evening of rowdy fun, attracted a crowd of 150 people and was complete with a three-course dinner, open bar, live and silent auctions, entertainment and a casino with games provided by AmeriFun. Todd Farney, Laura Fisher, Greg Fisher The Wichita Wagonmasters served as the casino dealers. Entertainment was provided by the Wichita Cowtown River City Renegades, a Western-style gunfighter group, and the Delano Dollies Dance Hall Revue, who feature dancing from Wild West saloons. Music was provided by Candice and the Business Casual Band. “We’re really pleased with the turnout and the support shown for our programs that benefit young children,” said Anne Sixkiller, Child Start’s director of development. Child Start is a Wichita nonprofit organization focused on early learning for lifelong success. It works with child care providers to ensure quality care for area children and administers the Head Start programs. The event’s presenting sponsor was Westar Energy. Other major sponsors included Medical Development Management Inc. and Intrust Bank. Look for photos at Shaan Akhtar, Victoria Gralian

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ADVOCATING FOR OUR MEMBERS For 100 years, the Chamber has represented business interests with government, advocated for responsible regulations and policies, and provided opportunities for members to connect with their elected officials. Advocating on behalf of our members remains one of our four focus areas as we begin our next decade of ensuring that the Wichita region is the premier place to grow companies, careers and communities.

1 9 7 2 Chamber members met with then-U.S. Senator Bob J. Dole during a Washington, D.C. mission trip in 1972. Dole also served as the Republican National Committee Chairman during that time period.

2 0 1 6 Last year’s Chamber trip to Washington, D.C. included discussions with all members of the Kansas congressional delegation. Pictured above are meetings with former 4th District Congressman and current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, as well as U.S. Representative for the 2nd congressional district, Lynn Jenkins. This year’s Washington trip is May 16-18.



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CEO Spotlight Britt Fulmer Continued from Page 17 considered future commissions, his dad stopped him. “He said, ‘If you take care of your customers first, you won’t need to worry about the money,’” Fulmer recalled. “In terms of selling that was the best advice: Focus on them.” And Fulmer does just that. As two customers arrive first thing on a Thursday morning, he welcomes them by their first names and then excuses himself from an interview to take a few minutes to check on them as they are helped by his staff. Fulmer has been helping Gentry Ltd. customers since 1976, when he was hired by then-manager Daniel Goldschmidt. Fulmer moved to Wichita for two reasons: He’d realized real estate wasn’t his thing and wanted to get back into retail menswear and he wanted to pursue his girlfriend, Brenda, who was living in Wichita. They’d met in junior high, dated off and on in high school and college and then reconnected at a mutual friend’s wedding after college. Shortly after moving to Wichita, he married Brenda, with whom he has two daughters. Three years later, he became the co-owner of Gentry with Goldschmidt. From Goldschmidt, Fulmer learned several more valuable business lessons: like how to selectively curb his enthusiasm at market to ensure the store carried inventory that it could successfully market to its clientele and how to relate even more with its customers. “He really taught me the business part of the enterprise,” Fulmer said. Goldschmidt also told him to dress like the customers they were trying to reach. Back in the 1980s, that meant wearing suits, which Fulmer still does. Now business casual has become acceptable attire and Fulmer encourages his 10 employees to adopt that style if they want. “But I don’t feel comfortable doing that,” said Fulmer, who was sporting a peach-colored Skip Gambert custom shirt with the left cuff made just slightly wider than the right to allow him to glance at his watch more efficiently, a patterned Samuelsohn wool, silk and linen blend blazer and comfortable lightweight wool and cashmere slacks in a deep camel color. In the pocket of his jacket was a pocket square, a finishing touch. “I tell the guys that’s a little dash of subtlety that says, ‘I care, I’ve thought about it,’” Fulmer said, of the swatch of cloth peeking out of his jacket’s top pocket. The store’s selection has grown over the years, particularly since moving to the Waterfront development near 13th and Rock Road in 2005. It now even carries undergarments. “A guy could come in here buck naked and walk out with a complete outfit of clothes,” Fulmer said, laughing. For longer than he’s been selling clothes, Fulmer has played in a band, starting in junior high and high school and continuing today with Deja Vu, with whom he plays a couple of gigs a month, often at Mort’s Martini & Cigar Bar. Fulmer lapses into his best impression of Paul McCartney, a fellow bass guitar player, when he describes the band’s transition from a Beatles cover band to one that plays a variety of danceable covers. “Music – my wife refers to it as my therapy,” Fulmer said. “When I start playing, all my thinking focuses on the music. All the stresses that have built up in the everyday world are released. I like how the blending of all the voices and instruments make a beautiful sound.” It’s the same satisfactory feeling he has when he helps a customer become a sharp dressed man.

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Grand Opening

Ashlei Matthew, Maggie Schmitz, Julie Westphal, Logan Westphal Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


anganyika Wildlife Park held a ribbon-cutting event to officially open its new Trouble Maker’s Cove exhibit on March 18. This addition is home to a colony of 37 curious African penguins, two playful Asian small-clawed otters and an albino alligator named Luna. The African penguin population has been declining for decades, so Tanganyika is hoping to help preserve the species with its breeding program. Tanganyika is also adding a behind-the-scenes tour with the penguins and an opportunity to swim with the penguins through its Wildly Different Experiences program. Look for photos at

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Trouble Maker’s Cove ribbon cutting

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VIP Professional

Cigar Chateau Continued from Page 43 The lounge epitomizes what cigar smoking tends to be about: an opportunity to get together to enjoy a hand-crafted product in a relaxing atmosphere and with good company. “It’s not about getting a nicotine hit. It’s about flavor, quality of construction and age,” Booker said. “Cigars are a very artisenial product, like wine, cheese and olive oil.” Cigar Chateau carries cigars from more than 100 different manufacturers, most of them based in Central America, and the cigars come in all shapes, sizes, strengths and flavors. Booker or one of the other tobacconists at the store can help suggest cigars based on one’s tastes and preference. Some cigars have ratings and description cards, as determined by the magazine “Cigar Aficionado,” to help customers discern what to purchase. “There’s nothing on these shelves that I haven’t smoked personally,” said Booker, of all the cigars carried at the store. Because everyone’s cigar palate and interpretation of the flavor is different, he also visits with his staff and even customers “whose palates I trust” to get feedback on their experiences with certain cigars. “Tobacco, especially cigars, hits everyone differently,” Booker said. “It can pick up on what you’re drinking, what you’ve had for a meal and sometimes even who you’re with.”

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Kris Booker, a tobacconist who has been the general manager at Wichita’s Cigar Chateau since 1999, offers these three cigar-buying tips: • If you’re a novice, visit with those who enjoy smoking cigars and, in particular, develop a relationship with a tobacconist in a cigar shop whose opinion and suggestions you’ll trust. • When buying accessories, such as a humidor in particular, be aware there are products to fit every price range. Determine what will best suit your needs. • When buying cigars as a gift, the best tip is to access the individual’s humidor and take a photo of what the individual stores in the climate-controlled box that keeps cigars fresh.

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Wore: Monochromatic cream outfit of BCBG suede fabric pants, Ralph Lauren ruffled blouse and textured jacket, and taupe short boots by BCBG

Wore: Black and white, one sleeve dress, black pumps, sterling and diamond David Yurman jewelry

Wore: A pale gray two-piece dress with tiered ruffles and rhinestone trim, gray hat, white gloves, white pumps, multi-strand pearl necklace and sparkly bracelets

What: Photographic Arts National Exhibition reception When: March 31 Where: Mark Arts Why: “We’re kind of in that ‘tween time when it’s not winter but it’s not real warm either. These pants are suedish, but in a light color. I like the monochromatic look.”

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Where: The Kansas African American Museum

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Why: “It’s spring and I thought this would be a nice for the occasion.”


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