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VIP Wichita September Contents events

Wichita Urban Professionals Dreamchasers A Galaxy of Stars - The Roast and Tribute of Wink Hartman Moxie Boutique Grand Rebrand Celebration PrimeLending Grand Opening Celebration Junior League of Wichita Summer Party Events & Design by Ashley Grand Opening Future Maker Mobile Learning Lab Capes & Cocktails YMCA Wine & Dine Shocker Art Lovers Young Professionals of Wichita Founders’ Day Gala Bags to Riches Wichita Collegiate Celebration of 50 State Tennis Championships Tea & Tutus Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Omni Business Center Music Theatre Wichita Community Leaders Reception


#WichitaFlag She Means Business - Ashley Moore CEO Spotlight - Pattie Durham VIP Professional - Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry Fall Fashion Preview 6 Meridian: Keeping it Close to Home VIP Interview: Assistance League of Wichita My Favorite Space - Janet Miller Who Wore What


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VIP Calendar of Events September 2017 Monday







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ichita Urban Professionals honored its best and brightest at the third annual Dreamchasers recognition event on August 13 at Adobe Venue. Wichita Urban Professionals is an arm of the Urban League of Kansas and is committed to attracting, retaining and developing the minority professional population in Wichita. The group - founded by Jonathan Long in 2014 - has grown to more than 200 members in its first three years. Dreamchasers acknowledged the accomplishments of young talented individuals working to improve the urban communities of Wichita. Among others, awards were given for entrepreneurship, civic leadership, collegiate impact and mentorship. Look for photos at

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Galaxy of Stars, Senior Services of Wichita’s largest annual fundraiser, was held August 19 at Hyatt Regency. To commemorate the event’s tenth anniversary, Senior Services “roasted and toasted” native Wichitan Willis “Wink” Hartman. The 2017 Roasters were: Ron Ryan, Dawson Grimsley, Bobbie Lane, Bob Knight, Zoe Newton and Michael Monteferrante. Look for photos at

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#WichitaFlag The second annual #WichitaFlagSummerTravelContest has concluded and the results prove that Wichitans love their hometown’s flag. The contest received nearly 160 unique entries, which was more than triple the number that was received in 2016. At the conclusion of the summer, the Wichita flag has been photographed in all fifty states and in thirty-three different countries. It’s safe to say that flag fever has spread worldwide. Twelve winners were selected and are pictured. They will each receive prizes from Great Image Designs (@greatimagedesigns on Instagram) and the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce. 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.

Youngest Flag Fan It’s always fun to see young Wichitans learning about the flag and its symbolism. Victor White (@ginger727) shared this photo of his grandson at New Smyrna Beach, Florida, showing his love for the flag and for Wichita.

Most Unusual There have been many photos of the flag posing with animals like cats and dogs and even hedgehogs. But this was definitely a new one: riding a camel in the Sahara Desert with Kris Hammer (@kris.on.the.road).

Best Group Photo Can you say #SquadGoals? Heather Feist (@honeyfeist) and friends spent their friend-cation in matching flag tanks at Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

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It’s probably not difficult to believe that the contest photo that received the most likes was this adorable entry from Kelly Korroch (@2kellyk). The photo of her pup Teddy was taken in Breckenridge, Colorado, as he took in the views and fresh mountain air.

When Gabby Garlow (@garlogab) visited The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland, early this year, she placed a Wichita sticker on a wall inside the pub (pictured left). Fast forward to July when Hillary Martin (@Hillarymartin22) visited that same pub and found the sticker her fellow Wichitan had left behind (pictured right).

The flag was carried to many corners of the earth this summer, but the farthest it traveled from Wichita was to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which is 9,358 miles away. The flag is pictured here at the Petronas Twin Towers with Juan Velazquez (@juanpv00).

50th State When the @WichitaFlag account reported that Delaware was the only state it had not visited, Brandi Brenner (@brandi.brenner) and family changed their vacation plans so the flag could represent in its 50th state! They are photographed here at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Highest Point Kacey and Paul Bowen of Wichita Real Estate (@wichitarealestate) summited Mount Massive in July and carried along the flag and some local brews to celebrate at the top. Standing at 14,421 feet in Colorado, Mount Massive is just that.

Most Entries This year’s MVP award goes to Juan Velaquez (@juanpv00), who submitted four contest entries. Thanks to Juan, the flag crossed Cambodia (pictured), Vietnam and Malaysia off its travel bucket list.

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Airman Lauren Nguyen chose to pose with the Wichita flag following her formal graduation from Force boot camp at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. She makes us all proud to be Americans and proud to Wichitans. Photo submitted by Lauren’s mother, Kim (@kimmisuu).

Alejo Cabral (@mr_alejo_cabral) is a Wichita transplant, but doesn’t hinder his love for the flag. During his vacation to Tulum, Mexico, the flag accompanied him during a dive into some underwater caves. Any guesses on how many takes it took to get that shot?

It may come as no surprise that more entries were posted from Colorado than any other state - 14 entries to be exact. This one was taken by Kyle Hiebert (@qb3rt5) in the Garden of the Gods and was one of our favorites.

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wner Pattie Durham, customers, family members, friends and the business community celebrated the “grand rebrand” of the women’s clothing boutique Moxie and commemorated its second anniversary in business during a special event August 17 at the northeast Wichita store. Even Durham’s dog, the store’s namesake, attended the party. Known for introducing new apparel arrivals to the store through weekly Facebook live broadcasts, Durham and her staff had a live feed on Facebook of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by officials from the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce and Wichita Independent Business Association. Music was provided by DJ T Dub. Look for photos at

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By Scott Elpers - Photographed by Madison Ham


shley Moore still smiles when she thinks of how much her business has accomplished in just six short years. Once a boutique wedding planning business, Events & Design By Ashley has grown to include 15 staff members, the management of two Wichita venue spaces and her newest endeavor, an incubator that will help five local entrepreneurs launch their own businesses. “I never dreamed it would turn into a career like this,” Moore said. Despite a love for design, Moore never intended to get into the event planning business. In college, she wanted to study broadcast journalism with the dream of being a news anchor, but her passion for helping others guided her toward case management for foster children. “I have a huge passion for helping others. I always have. Social work is all about helping those who need it most,” she said. “I also remember constantly redecorating my room as a kid. I just loved design. Event planning brought those two together.” The Collective, located at 924 E. Douglas where downtown Wichita and Old Town intersect, showcases Moore’s passion for helping others. She originally purchased the space to house and move event décor and host smaller events. Five entrepreneurs will also have access to the space to help their businesses grow. “This becomes a tangible address and office space for them. When I first started, I met people in coffee shops,” she said. “It didn’t hinder me necessarily, but I always felt like if I had an office space, it would feel more professional.” With its positive impact on aspiring entrepreneurs, Moore considers The Collective her most significant professional accomplishment. Continued on Page 73

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unior League of Wichita members came together for their annual summer party on July 25. This year’s party theme was “Flamingle,” so there were fun pink flamingos everywhere to add to the festive atmosphere. Junior League of Wichita is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Currently, Junior League and the Wichita Children’s Home are working together to combat child abuse through awareness, prevention and intervention. Look for photos at

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or the past two years, Pattie Durham’s business life has involved a lot of fashion, fun and Facebook, as well as philanthropy. After working as a business broker, Durham opened a women’s clothing franchise in 2015 in northeast Wichita. Earlier this year, she rebranded her business as an independent women’s clothing boutique, and in August held a grand rebrand party to celebrate her business’ relaunch as Moxie sass and class boutique. “I just love the word,” she said, hours after a 70-inch wall design bearing the store’s new logo had been installed behind the guest services counter of her shop at 2431 N. Greenwich. Even her Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkie mix – is named Moxie. “It’s not really about naming my business after my dog. I just love what it means. We’re bringing the word back.”

Search Google to define moxie and this is the first definition and example of how to use it that pops up: “force of character, determination, or nerve. ‘When you’ve got moxie, you need the clothes to match.’” Durham would find that fitting. “I’ve always loved clothes,” said Durham. “New clothes always make a person feel good.” For those who like to indulge in retail therapy, Durham has ensured they can do so affordably in her boutique. “Everything is $50 or less,” she said. Tags reflect much higher suggested retail prices. There’s no doubt that Durham finds fashion fun. Just watch one of the twice-weekly social media broadcasts on Facebook and YouTube from the boutique when she showcases new arrivals in the store and provides fashion and other tips. Durham has realized one of the quickest and savviest ways to reach her customers – which extend beyond Wichita – is through social media. “These are going to be fun, fun, fun for the fall. Super cute,” she Continued on Page 72


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Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photographed By Madison Ham


rom beads to bling – Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry has come a long ways since it was founded by its namesake in 1984 as she strung beads at her kitchen table. “I’ve always loved things that sparkle and I’ve always been a lover of jewelry,” said Randy Cooper. One can find plenty of sparkle in her 4,100-square-foot store at 1856 N. Rock Road in Bradley Fair. The shop is the only official Rolex jeweler based in Kansas, and it also carries a wide range of jewelry from several designers and well-respected diamond brands, such as Forevermark by The De Beers Group of Companies and the L’Amour Crisscut by Christopher Designs. Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry, a member of the American Gem Society, is also the only accredited American Gem Society laboratory in the Wichita area. An AGS lab adheres to a stricter standard of diamond grading, which means better assurances and protection for the consumer, according to the AGS website. To acquire her luxury inventory, Cooper and her buyers attend markets both domestically and in Europe, including Baselworld, which is held in Basel, Switzerland, and is considered the premier marketplace show for the watch and jewelry industry. Much like it takes the earth years to create a diamond, it was a slow transition to move from beads to a high-end jewelry store and to grow her retail space, Cooper said. From beads she progressed into sterling silver, then various carats of gold and fine jewelry and watches. All of the diamonds and gemstones she sells in her store are natural, she noted. “We don’t have any above-ground diamonds,” she said, using one of the terms to refer to synthetic, or lab-grown, diamonds. “Even when I bought beads, I made sure they weren’t treated and that they were what they said they were,” said Cooper, citing how important ethics and professional credentialing are in an industry such as hers. Her first commercial space was above the Plaid Giraffe gift shop, where she initially was open only one day a week until gradually expanded the store’s hours. When Bradley Fair, a lifestyle shopping center, opened 27 years ago at 21st Street and North Rock Road,

Randy Cooper’s Fine Jewelry was its first tenant. Over the years, she’s occupied a couple of different spaces within the center. Four years ago, she moved into her current store, which is nearly three times the size of her original Bradley Fair store. The larger store allowed her to create what is called the Rolex corner, where the logo of the worldfamous watchmaker is prominently displayed along with the precision timepieces. Several of her 11 staff members have been with her for much of her business’ 33 years, including her best friend of 47 years, Diana Peden, who assists Cooper in jewelry buying. “I have very, very good and smart people who’ve been in the business for a long time and we all work very well together as a team,” Cooper said, pointing out that, for example, Julie Goldston, a certified graduate gemologist on her staff, has 45 years of industry experience. Cooper’s team also includes a jeweler available to make custom designs and Christa Parker, who as a gift buyer helps Cooper select unique gift items, such as art glass, jewelry boxes and crystal decanters, that are sold at the store. Other store services include appraisals, watch repair and jewelry repair. With a focus on fashion, VIP Wichita asked Cooper to share some jewelry-wearing tips. • Don’t be afraid to mix metals and types of gold. “It’s not just all white gold, all yellow gold, all pink gold. It’s all three, all together. It adds texture, it adds color and it adds interest,” she said, pointing to her own accessories that included sterling silver, 18-carat yellow gold and 18-carat white gold. • Layers don’t just apply to clothes. Layer bracelets on your wrists and necklaces around your neck. Stack rings on your fingers. • Specialty cuts like oval and pear shapes are becoming more prominent. Another unique piece of jewelry is diamond baguette-cut hoop earrings. • Go long. Long chain necklaces are popular, and so are long strands of pearls. • Add some color. Did you know that sapphires come in more colors than just blue and that garnets can be orange or green?

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ichita Area Technical College and Goodwill Industries of Kansas unveiled their new Future Maker Mobile Lab during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the hangar of the National Center for Aviation Training on August 15. Several area government officials and industry representatives, including officials from sponsoring companies Spirit Aerospace, Koch Industries and Westar Energy, and benefactor Paula Varner attended the ceremony, which featured a tour of the lab. The lab, housed inside a 34-foot haulable trailer, will bring hands-on experiences of using equipment in highdemand technical fields to the doorsteps of middle and high schools, as well as adult education and learning centers. The fields, as identified by the Kansas Department of Commerce, include manufacturing, aviation and health care. Inside the lab, students and adults will use actual and virtual tools to experience such things as welding, dissecting a heart or aircraft engine and riveting. The lab will also bring computers to provide other virtual reality learning experiences in the areas of science, technology, education and mathematics. Look for photos at

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Nothing is more fun to wear than a flirty dress, especially if it’s a fun print in a silky fabric. This dress with an abstract cherry blossom print is by Marc Jacobs, $695. Mini camera bag handbag of leather, also is by Marc Jacobs, $295. Earrings by K/LLER, $188. Mauve velvet embossed short boots by Sam Edelman, $160. All at Lyndon’s.

Acknowledgments Photographer: Randy Tobias of Randy Tobias Photography Photo assistants: Tim Marvin and Jeff Hetler All models are from Models and Images, 11124 E. 28th St. Suite 114, 316-612-9070 Models: Alleigh Allen, Alex Palmer, Elle Barrett, Kayla Hawkins, Itress Richey, Sarah Newberry, Ethan Kirby and Chris Haislett Hair and makeup team: Instructors from Crave Beauty Academy, 3804 W. Douglas, 316-943-5516 Destiny Lanham, Molly Hager, Stacey Peters, Scarlet Dairs, Jessy Orth, Morgan Waugh, Bonnie Moore and Kelsi Sears Fashion coordinator and writer: Bonnie Bing Fashion assistant: Roxanne Kellogg Editor: Scott Elpers Photos for the VIP Wichita Magazine Fall Fashion Preview were taken in the Wichita Art Museum and the Art Garden surrounding the museum. The Wichita Art Museum, located in Wichita’s Museums on the River district, is one of the largest art museums in Kansas. Established in 1935, it has a very impressive collection of American art. The collection of approximately 7,000 works spanning 300 years includes sculptures, paintings and decorative arts. The Art Garden opened in September 2015. The eight acre landscaped environment is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Wichita Art Museum is located at 1400 W. Museum Blvd. Galleries are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum Store, Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Muse CafÊ is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free all day every Saturday. Thank you to Wichita Art Museum staff members Teresa Veazey and Becky Funke.

Leather, both real and faux seems to be everywhere for fall. Faux leather has never looked and felt more real. This bomber jacket by Joe’s Collection, $138, is not only a popular style that carried over from last year. It’s made of faux leather and has trendy embroidery, Silver hoop earrings by Tat2, $141. All at Section 37.

Cashmere is luxurious but don’t think for a minute it’s just for sweaters. This fringed wrap by Zoe Couture is cashmere with leather fringe, $595. It tops a cream and tan cashmere sweater, also by Zoe Couture, $275. Brown pants by Insight, $120, finishes the outfit. Longer necklace from the Yolanta Collection, $95, pearl and crystal necklace by Roni Blanskay, $525. All at GM Clotheshorse.

When the weather cools down it’s time to start layering. Adding a vest is the perfect way to incorporate texture, color and warmth to an outfit. This vest by Lynn Richie Silver is washable polyester knit, $145. It tops a gray tunic, also by Lynn Richie, $115. Black polyester blend pants, $125. Crystal earrings by Mellianna, $211. Gray leather handbag with metallic hair calf trim, by Bella by Sharif, $240. All at GM Clotheshorse.

The difference is in the details when it comes to making a black dress a show stopper. This black crepe dress by Marc Jacobs has tan stitching and a touch of shimmer, $825. Key earring, also by Marc Jacobs, $195. Saddle bag with tassels and macramé strap by Ulla Johnson, $895. All at Lyndon’s.

You don’t have to be a runner to get into the track pant trend. These are a knit blend, $495. Team the athletic look with silk such as this cream and yellow print blouse, $425. Textured leather handbag with chain print strap, $525. All of the above by Marc Jacobs. Finish the look with shoes by Golden Goose, white and silver mesh, $480. All at Lyndon’s.

It’s a little black dress and so much more. Silver studs on the sleeves of this black jersey dress by Joseph Ribkoff takes it from day to evening in a snap, $209. One of a kind necklace of silver leaves and a large crystal by Konplatt, $359. All at GM Clotheshorse.

Top left: Add some spice to casual dressing whether it’s showing some shoulder or a partially bared back. Left, a gray stretch polyester tunic by Emerald, $33, is worn with black leggings by Slim Me, of nylon and spandex, $30. Necklaces, $15 each, faux suede boots, $43. Right, a cold shoulder acrylic blend sweater by Wish List also has an open back, $50. It’s worn with rust jeans by Don’t Cry Milan, of stretch cotton, $40. Lace bralet is worn under the sweater, by Yahada, nylon and spandex, $15. Earrings, $15. All at Moxie. Top right: Mix it up. Not just textures but stripes and dots, checks and plaids. Jeans of salvage denim, $275, is topped with a gray and white silk polka dot blouse, $395, and wool cardigan, $395. Add a blue tote bag, $375. All by Marc Jacobs. Clogs by Robert Clergerie, $575, and caged earrings by Iossell, $293. All at Lyndon’s. Left: Whether you’re strolling around the art museum or headed out for game day, think comfort first. Tunics and ponchos are two good options. Left, a stripe poncho is polyester blend knit by Mud Pie, $62. Fringe earrings, $18, and gray metallic wristlet clutch, $30. Right, a gold viscose and nylon knit tunic by Renvar, $82. Boots by Madeline, $64, leather cross-body bag with embossed flap, $110. Two bracelets by Chavez for Charity, $12.50 each. Bracelet by Mariana, $147. All at Frou Frou.

Designer Jospeh Ribkoff made sure this black pantsuit was anything but basic. With military styling the jacket is heavy enough to be worn as a coat. Made of polyester gabardine, coat, $291, pants, $155. Crystal earrings, $85. All at GM Clotheshorse.

Of course your favorite T-shirt is what you reach for when you’ve pulled on your jeans, but there are plenty of other choices. This shirt with ombre-dyed front and print back by Mystree, $62, is worn with a faux leather vest by Mud Pie, $62. Brown woven leather bag by ILI, $126. All at Frou Frou.

This fall embroidery shows up on everything from boots to hats and everything in between. Basic wardrobe pieces such as this fleece top becomes trendy with floral embroidery. By Lilla P. of cotton, $168, Parker Smith jeans, $158. Earrings by Tat2, $141. All at Section 37.

Top: Keeping it simple. Great shirt, great jeans, great belt. Done. Shirt by Italian designer Maurizio Baldassari, of fine cotton, $265, black jeans by Mac, $225, lizard embossed Italian leather belt by Martin Dingman, $99.50. All at Gentry Ltd. Right: Men will be seeing dots this fall and wearing them with everything. This shirt by St. Croix is cotton with herringbone dot, $235, worn with a wool sport coat by Coppley, $795. At Johnston’s.

Top left: For those times you can’t spring for the real thing, remember there are great pieces that offer plenty of sparkle. Cuff bracelet with star motif, $195, double ring with tiny chains attaching them, $125. At The First Place. Top right: This diamond necklace by Almore is of 18 karat gold and 4.30 carats of diamonds. The necklace is designed so it can be shortened and the extra piece worn as a bracelet. Price upon request at The First Place. Left: If you’re getting just one new bracelet, make it a cuff. Better yet, get a one-of-a-kind. This cuff is by artisanal jewelry designer Todd Reed. Hand forged gold, silver and raw diamonds, price upon request. Available exclusively at The Plaid Giraffe.

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xploration Place was turned over to superheros August 11 at the Capes and Cocktails event, which takes its theme name from the attraction’s national traveling exhibit, Hall of Heroes. Attendees were able to test their abilities during super activities, such as a Nerf gun war and racing through the streets of Gotham City. They also were challenged to navigate a web maze, smash through a “brick” wall to save the day, and stop evil-doers with a “wonder-ful” lasso. The event also showed how alcohol can be controlled using the forces of fire, ice, light and more. Along with drinks, attendees were able to dine with treats from local food trucks including U-Hungry, The Kamayan Truck, Noble House and desserts from Little Lion Ice Cream. This is the third year Exploration Place has had an adults-only event in August. The first was Fears and Beers in 2015, then there was Drink with Dinos in 2016 and next year the event will be Sippin’ with the Sharks, which ties to the summer 2018 traveling exhibit, Planet Shark. Look for photos at

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he Greater Wichita YMCA’s free and assisted programs for children and families benefited from the Y’s Wine & Dine fundraising event on August 10 at Exploration Place. Nine chef sponsors and 11 wine and specialty drink sponsors provided food and drink at the sold-out event that included a silent auction. Guest speaker Sam Frey, of the event’s presenting sponsor Schaefer Johnson Cox Frey Architecture, talked about how community support has helped the local YMCA become a model program for other Ys elsewhere in the country because of its facilities, vibrant programs and high participation rates. Wichita’s first YMCA was built in 1887. Look for photos at

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he investment firm 6 Meridian may be a relatively new one – celebrating its one-year anniversary this month – but its employees and clients have a long history together. They also are looking at what they feel is a prosperous future. “A year later, it’s safe to say we’ve surpassed our expectations, but we worked hard to minimize the challenges,” said Margaret Dechant, 6 Meridian’s CEO and one of its seven founding partners. The company is already six months ahead of its financial projections, she said. It’s also added two employees to the original 13-member team, with plans to grow in the next year. A solid team It made national financial news when an investment portfolio team known as the

Kirk Bahm Group left the nationwide Morgan Stanley firm to start their own registered independent investment advisory firm in Wichita last year. In addition to Dechant, founding partners are Steve Bahm, Bryan Green, Sarah Hampton, Tom Kirk, Andrew Mies and Pam Smith. Besides the partners, six support staff made the move, as well. They’d been functioning as a team since 2008 – with some team members having an even longer history together – but felt they could do more for their high net-worth clients as an independent firm. “We wanted to deliver tailored investments,” said Dechant. “One of the main things we are excited about is that we have a lot more investment opportunities for our clients and more freedom to offer them,” Green said.

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How to Score the Best Thrift Store Deals By Cristy Harder, Goodwill Fashion Contributor With the cooler fall air comes thoughts of a new wardrobe. I always tend to want to update with a cozy new sweater or trendy pair of jeans. But let’s be honest, fall fashions can be hard on the budget! It doesn’t have to be that way! This is my very favorite time of the year to find the best in thrift store bargains. Sweaters, coats, boots and jeans - all those items that can cost quite a bit new are a fraction of the retail price at the thrift store. Here, I’ll offer you a few of my favorite thrifting tips so you too can find just want you need to update your closet and get it ready for fall!

Go Alone

I know you love your spouse and your children and your time spent with them, but trust me on this one, your best thrift store experience happens alone. You won’t have distractions, melt downs (from your spouse OR your children!) or someone asking to leave early. You can take as long as you like and that’s important when you are shopping thrift. So what if you find a great new pair of jeans but want a second opinion? That’s the beauty of cell phones. Snap a quick pic and send it to your bestie. She will, no doubt, be happy to offer you her honest opinion.

Allow Plenty of Time

This is a big one. Thrifting takes time. It’s fine to pop into the store when you only have a little bit of time just to see what they have, but if you are looking for key pieces to update your wardrobe, you need to allow plenty of time. Take time to look through each rack because you never know where your next bargain is hiding. It really is the thrill of the hunt! There are many treasures to be found, but sometimes you have to go through a lot of stuff you don't want or need in order to find the one item you do. Take your time and view your shopping as an adventure, not just a quick stop.

Shop Multiple Sizes

This is something I’ve learned through the years. I always check the size above and below what I am currently shopping for. Sometimes items get moved to the wrong place by shoppers. Also, different brands fit differently so it never hurts to look at a size other than what you actually think you need.

Research the Trends

Because the selection of clothing is normally so vast, it can become overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan before you arrive. Look at a few fashion blogs and articles before you leave so you have an idea of what the current trends are and what you might want to recreate for your own closet. I am always shocked at the number of on-trend items I find. Go with an open mind and be creative. You might be surprised!

Try Everything On

That $4 shirt isn’t such a bargain if it just sits in your closet. Make sure you try every piece of clothing on. That way you know you love it even before you’ve purchased it.

Pay Attention to Sales

At Goodwill Industries of Kansas, you can save 10% on every item purchased with your Preferred Customer Card. That number jumps to 20% off on Wednesdays. They also offer half off all items with a certain color tag each week. One of my favorite purchases at Goodwill is a skirt I found for only $1.75 because it was on sale. That’s less than $2 for an item I can wear multiple times, multiple ways. Pay attention to these types of offers and sales, and you’ll save even more!

Give Back

Clean out your closet regularly and donate your gently used clothing. Your unwanted item may be someone else’s new favorite bargain! Goodwill does so much to help give back to the community through their programs for people with disabilities and other employment barriers. What an easy way to support a great cause. And you can write it off on your taxes - just ask for a receipt! Now, go check out your local Goodwill store and see what bargain is waiting for you! Happy thrifting!

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ottie Miller was an elementary school principal in the Wichita public school district and saw first-hand the impact of Operation School Bell, the signature program of the Assistance League of Wichita. Through the program, students in need are invited to pick out new clothing that fits well and makes them comfortable at school. Sometimes this is the child’s first time to get new clothes and the process makes them feel valued and special, boosting confidence as they head into a new school year. “I knew what Operation School Bell did for the children of Wichita and wanted to be a part of this organization,” said Miller, who joined Assistance League of Wichita when she retired from Wichita Public Schools in 2005 and now serves as president of the organization. Operation School Bell is one of four programs supported by Assistance League of Wichita, whose mantra “Transforming Lives— Strengthening Community” is achieved with no paid staff and no funds from United Way. The local group is celebrating its 30th year as a chapter of the national Assistance League, which has more than 120 chapters and guilds nationwide involving 26,000 members. The non-profit organization of volunteers is dedicated to putting caring and commitment into action through community-based philanthropic

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programs that address the needs of the Wichita community as well as organizing one of the community’s favorite holiday events. VIP: How did Assistance League of Wichita start? LM: We started as a guild in 1984 and in 1987 we became a chapter of the national Assistance League organization. Several very dedicated women began the work that continues today. Charter members who are still members today are: Lola Mote, Bev Farha, Jan Chang, Helene Longhofer, Donna Wise, Karen Foley and Alice Laham. VIP: Who runs the organization? LM: We have a membership of 137 and we have 19 community volunteers. We are completely run by volunteers in three groups: voting members, nonvoting members and community volunteers. Voting and nonvoting are paid memberships. Voting members are expected to actively support our four programs, any fundraisers and our community services by contributing their time and expertise. Nonvoting members are not expected to contribute time and expertise, but are welcome to do so. Many nonvoting members are former voting members who are no longer able to work. We greatly appreciate their

financial support. Our third group is community volunteers; they are not members but donate time regularly or for certain events. We work hard to match skills and interests with needs, so each person in the organization feels that they are having an impact on Assistance League of Wichita and the community. VIP: How many people do you help each year? LM: The best way to see that is to look at the four programs supported by Assistance League of Wichita. Operation School Bell: Clothes are provided to USD 259 students based on the need identified by school social workers. In 2016, we created a partnership with JC Penney West allowing the families an opportunity to shop at JC Penney for school-appropriate clothing during scheduled shopping visits. A dollar allotment is given according to grade level. Each student also receives a hygiene kit and Payless Shoe voucher. During the 2016-17 school year, 2,680 students were served resulting in a total of 82,307 students served since we started Operation School Bell in 1985. Scholarships: Vocational scholarships are awarded to USD 259 graduating seniors for programs at Wichita Area Technical College and Butler Community College. Scholarships have been awarded to 238 seniors since 1988, including 20 in 2017. Sexual Assault Victim Support Program: Clothing, footwear and necessary items are provided through the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center to women, children and men who have been victims of sexual assault. Rather than leaving the hospital in paper scrubs after their clothing has been taken for investigation purposes, the victims are allowed to walk out with dignity in regular clothing. The program began in 1994 and served 462 individuals in 2016-17. Bear Hugs: This program distributes cuddly bears and journals or sketchbooks to children that are victims of violence. It helps a child to have a bear to hug while being interviewed and examined by the nurse or staff at Via Christi-St. Joseph Campus or Wesley Medical Center. Also, statistics indicate it enables children to heal by sketching or journaling. This program provided 291 bears to the units in 2016-17 for a total of 3,618 bears since it was started in 1997.

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VIP: How is the organization funded? LM: We receive no United Way funds, have no paid staff and all funds we generate remain in Wichita. Fifty-seven percent of our funding comes from Thrift Shop sales, the remainder from donations and grants. The Assistance League Thrift Shop, 2431 E. Douglas Ave., opened in 1990 to generate funds by selling donated items. Our Thrift Shop is supported by the generous donations of new and/or gently used clothing, household items, linens, books, toys and shoes. Net sales increased last fiscal year from $211,525 to $236,638. VIP: You’re also known for your Gingerbread Village, which has become an annual family tradition. LM: Gingerbread Village is our community event that we hold a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving each year. The last several years we have held the event at Exploration Place and will partner with them again this year Nov. 11-12. Every year approximately 3,500 gingerbread houses are built by young and old. VIP: How can readers support your organization? LM: Readers can support us by making donations to our Thrift Shop and/or sending us financial donations to P.O. Box 8072, Wichita, KS 67208 or going online to

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he Catholic Charities-Diocese of Wichita provided a fun, girls-night-out experience July 26 with its eighth annual Bags to Riches, a charity shopping event that featured bidding opportunities on designer and one-of-akind purses. All proceeds from the benefit, held at Distillery 244, support Catholic Charities’ shelter services that help women and families recover from crises. The organization has three such shelters: St. Anthony Family Shelter, started in 1988 to provide families with basic needs, help and support to avoid homelessness and receive life-skills training; Harbor House, established in 1992 to provide shelter and support to victims of family violence; and The Mount, which opened in 2015 to provide residential housing for families, single and pregnant women who need additional time to transition to permanent housing and access to other resources for strengthening their families. Look for photos at

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My Favorite Space Janet Miller By Bonnie Bing Photographed By Scott Elpers The weather was perfect when Janet Miller showed off her favorite space. Sitting on her porch swing the breeze made the leaves of climbing morning glories and moon flowers flutter. A comfy wicker chair is where her husband of 27 years, Nile, sits when he joins her. “I like the swing because I like being in motion,” she said. Her place to relax is a large porch on the front of their 1920s home. On a shady street in Riverside, it’s the perfect place to watch the world go by. “I love the wildlife. The fox comes around, especially in the winter. I’ve seen a fawn and a doe, and of course raccoons,” she said. Neighbors told her a wild turkey recently walked down the sidewalk. As a man on a bicycle pedaled by she yelled, “Hi Mike.” Janet, who has been on the Wichita City Council for the past eight years, knows a lot of people, and that includes her neighbors. “Nile says I’m a busybody, but when he wants to know something, who does he ask?” she said laughing and pointing at herself. “Here comes the mailman, LeRoy, his mom lives two doors down,” Janet said. It’s easy to see one of her favorite pastimes is gardening. “I have four gardens and a patio,” she said. A garden in the front yard is nestled against the property line. “I’ve worked on that one a lot this summer.” No doubt the front porch was a draw when they bought the house 25 years ago. Now she considers it another room. “I can be out here nearly year-round. Even in the winter because it’s sheltered and in the late afternoon the western sun is warm. I’m an outdoors kind of gal so it’s nice to have an outdoor room.” Janet says she’s an early riser. And she means early. Up at 4:30 a.m. she goes to the downtown YMCA to exercise, then gets ready for the day. “I do go to bed early, around 9 or 9:30,” she said. But most days include some time on her porch swing. “It’s beautiful in the fall with all these trees around and the light changes. “There’s a tall cedar tree across the street that is bare at the top and hawks and crows sit up there. It’s fun to see when they are silhouetted against the sky in the evening,” she said. Being on the porch is a treat to the senses - the smell of flowers, changing sights at different times of the day and seasons, and what she hears. “In the fall I love hearing the North High marching band practice. I was in the marching band. I played clarinet,” Janet said. She grew up in Manhattan, but is quick to add she has been a Wichitan for 30 years. “It’s also fun to hear the crew practicing on the river with the coxswain giving instructions,” she said. Now in her last term on the council, Janet says she’s not a person who will retire and sit around. “It will be great to have more time for volunteer work,” she said. For now when Janet has even a few moments of down time she heads to her favorite space. “I sit here and people watch, read, get away from emails and the phone, or just think,” she said.

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VIP • Wichita Collegiate

Zach Hawley, Dave Hawley, Ben Hawley

Nicole Scholle Huffhines, Joan Siefkes Moore, Debi Davis, Tom Davis

Wichita Collegiate Celebration of 50 state tennis championships Mindy Fox, Adrielle Fox, Regis Fox, Camryn Fox

Dustin Dibble, Jessica Dibble, Kristin Beehler

Katie Gunzelman, Pam Beehler

Molly Gaddis, Jenny Gaddis, Elizabeth Gaddis

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


amily, friends and former players joined longtime Wichita Collegiate head tennis coach Dave Hawley to celebrate the high school’s 50 state tennis championships during a reception in his honor on August 18. Collegiate, who has been coached by Hawley for the past 40 years, won the Class 4A state boys tennis title in May. Look for photos at

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VIP • Botanica

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ittle girls dressed in tutus and pretty dresses enjoyed a sunny morning of Tea & Tutus at Botanica on July 29. Several of the girls brought their favorite dolls to the event, which was a benefit for Ballet Wichita. Guests were greeted by “The Wizard of Oz” characters, who later performed a ballet based on the famous story set in Kansas. Before enjoying tea and the performance, the young girls stopped at pampering stations with hair, nail and makeup stylists from the Eric Fisher Academy, while the adult women shopped and bid on raffle items available from supporting vendors. Look for photos at

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VIP • Century II

Lori Richardson, Diane Nelson, Sharon Perry, Paul White, Richard Campbell, Michelle Witte, Kim Fisher

Laura Messina, Toni Porter, David Dennis, Sheryl Wohlford, Mark Day, Joe Schlimm

Music Theatre Wichita Community Leaders Reception Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen

Tracy Rittmueller, Christin Preuett

Vickie Kline, Angela Trotter

Denise Veith, Tony Veith

Judy Frick, Phil Frick


usic Theatre Wichita held a community leaders reception for “Hairspray” the musical. Elected officials and civic leaders gathered on July 11 at Century II for some socializing, hors d’oeuvres from Culinary Catering and to watch the dress rehearsal of “Hairspray” before opening night. The production ran July 12 through July 16 and was full of upbeat, cheery songs and choreography. Look for photos at

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Everything Woman Bio

As a little girl, Debbie Kennedy always wanted to be a nurse. She doesn’t understand why or how it started, but caring for people and helping the most vulnerable is in her make-up. Debbie is the CEO of the Wichita Children’s Home, which provides crisis care, foster care, counseling, street outreach services and transitional living and other services to ensure that abused, neglected and sexually exploited children have the opportunity to heal and reclaim their lives. She has 32 years of experience in health care, academia and non-profit leadership. Debbie earned her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Wichita State University, where she spent many years teaching as a nurse educator and working as the CEO of the Wichita State Alumni Association. In 2014 she was named by the Wichita Business Journal as a Women in Business Honoree. Under Debbie’s leadership, the Wichita Children’s Home has built and moved into a new 13.6-acre campus that expands therapeutic services to children and youth. She is married to Mike Kennedy, the “Voice of the Shockers,” and they have four children and six grandchildren. Debbie Kennedy is truly an Everything Woman!

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Keeping it close to home

6 Meridian Continued from Page 48

What’s in a name Business experts will tell you deciding on a company name is a major decision. It can help develop a company’s brand, reflect its mission and vision and much more. With its name, 6 Meridian gives a nod not only to its geographical location in Wichita, but to history and the future. In the 1800s, the 6th principal meridian was established as a reference point for surveyors marking new territory in the American West and for the pioneers who traveled west, looking for the American dream. The meridian runs right through Wichita. The concept of surveying the landscape, making assessments and helping plan people’s futures resonated with 6 Meridian’s seven founding partners. At the firm’s offices at 1635 W. Waterfront Parkway, Suite 250, the décor includes vintage tools used by surveyors and historical maps showing the marking of the 6th principal meridian. Works by Kansas and Wichita artists, such as Josh Tripoli, hang on the walls, to showcase local support.

Keeping it close to home While the team’s departure from Morgan Stanley was driven by wanting to offer more services to their clients, they also wanted to do more for their community. “Most of our clients already understood – and we educated them if they didn’t – that most of the revenue stayed in New York,” explained Green. “Now it doesn’t. It’s back in the Wichita community.” As a local firm, the partners also feel they can also be more supportive of local causes than before, Kirk said. “We want to be good stewards for the community,” said Dechant, who serves as a board member for the Kansas Humane Society. The partners and team are also involved in supporting other charitable organizations, including Kansas Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the greater Wichita chapter of The First Tee, which works with local youth to introduce them to golf and to provide life skills development.

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CEO Spotlight Pattie Durham Continued from Page 25 declared during a recent In My Closet livecast on Facebook as she pulled from a rack a pair of jeans embellished with two rows of rivets on the outer seams. Suede and velvet are going to be hot items this fall, she has advised shoppers in recent broadcasts. The In My Closet broadcast goes live every Wednesday at 5 p.m., after she and her staff have spent the day stocking the floor with the weekly new arrivals. Sometimes she’s joined by another female small business owner or someone involved with an area nonprofit. Durham likes to sip her favorite Cupcake moscato d’asti wine as she describes the new pieces and how one can wear the items. “Women seem to relate to wine,” she said. Highlighting the new arrivals in the broadcasts often leads to women showing up the next day to purchase those items. At 9 on Friday mornings before the shop opens, Durham and Moxie’s manager Bobbi Wise share various tips – such as what to pack for a trip or comfortable Sunday attire suitable for church or brunch – in a shorter video for YouTube. The intent is to provide those tips in five minutes. At Moxie, regular customers can also take advantage of free private styling appointments. Durham said she’s planning to expand that consultation service via the video-telephone app, FaceTime. For Durham, helping build up people, and women in

particular, is important. It’s something that she strives to do within and through her business – from helping a young girl who’s had a troubled family life pick out a new pair of jeans for free or bringing attention to another woman-owned business during the In My Closet broadcast to participating in fundraisers to help causes that help improve women’s lives. One of her favorite causes is Carpenter Place, a longtime Wichita organization that provides a faith-based home environment for young girls and works with the girls’ families to help rebuild their lives. She gets involved with a number of its fundraisers, has helped host a fashion show and allows the girl recognized each month by Carpenter Place for behavior and progress to select a free pair of jeans from Moxie. “We as women have to help raise up other women,” Durham said. “You can choose to spend your enery being negative or spend your energy being positive. I think it’s better to lift up than to push down. “I love owning a boutique but it’s a platform to do good for the community.”


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She Means Business

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Continued from Page 19 “As we were building and dreaming and thinking, it became so much more,” Moore said. “We were a tiny business at one point. I want to help out those who are just getting started and give them an opportunity and platform to be successful and grow.” Moore, who is a member of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, said the city’s close-knit business community helps foster relationships between owners. Wichita entrepreneur Crystal McDonald, who co-owns Xclusive Events, is someone who Moore considers a mentor. “She is someone who has pushed me as a female entrepreneur and she’s someone I really look up to,” Moore said. “The Wichita business community is extremely supportive like that. So many business owners are involved in the community. We like to be involved and help each other toward a common goal.” In a service-based industry, like event planning, Moore has watched her business bloom off referrals. “When I first started, I thought I’d do one or two weddings a year for family and close friends. Being in the business prior, I had built some rapport with the vendors. They heard that I was starting my own business. It’s always about word of mouth and referrals and relationship building.” On top of The Collective, Moore has taken on management at Venue One 11 and shared management with McDonald at Studio 420. More plans are in the works, she said. “We do a lot of corporate events and weddings. We’re getting into smaller events, like birthday parties and showers and things like that. We have really broadened what we can do. We have some great opportunities coming up,” she said. “I didn’t go to school to be a business owner or an event planner. When you have a dream, you learn as you go and adapt. It’s been an incredible ride.”

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Who Wore What

Susan Kendall

Wore: Burgundy jumpsuit, statement earrings, chain belt, sandals What: Bags to Riches

Adriene Rathbun

Wore: A colorful strapless cotton dress by Milly with bow and ruching detail, open-toe black Louboutin pumps and sparkly black clutch

Sasha Enegren

Wore: A navy blue sequin strapless dress with metallic wrap and metallic heels What: Music Theatre Wichita Dinner Party

When: July 26

What: American College of Trial Lawyers 10th Circuit Regional Dinner

Where: Distillery 244

When: August 19

Where: Ambassador Hotel

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Why: “I wore this to the rehearsal dinner several years ago when I was a bridesmaid. I added mom’s wrap because I’m always cold.”

Why: “I wore this because I love the rich color and it’s very comfortable and easy. I really like jumpsuits for those reasons.”

Why: “I chose to wear this dress because I’d only worn it once before. I love how it looks like an oil painting. I think sometimes you just have to create the occasion for the dress.”

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