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Countless victories lie ahead because of the fire inside us. This isn’t about having a single vision for our hometown. It’s about unique individuals having the courage and stamina to win, wake up and start again. Let’s reimagine, reinvent and reinvest. Because the city we want to become is always on the other side of start.



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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER Don’t miss my Final Friday show, “Shapes”, January 26th at The Workroom!

VIP Wichita January Table of

Contents events

Wichita Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting Design Build Fly Share Our Food Ring in the Holidays with AMA Wichita The Wichita Eagle Holiday Open House Red Stocking Breakfast WIBA Business Your Way Holiday Mixer An Evening of Wichita Entrepreneurship Sips With Santa Gardner Design Heartlandia Sticker Launch Party Wichita Community Foundation Holiday Party Wichita Society of Manufacturing Engineers 75th Anniversary WSU First Lady’s Holiday Brunch Celebrity Cruises Holiday Party & Awards Ceremony Kansas Aviation Museum Gala Canines at Cowtown Illuminations Supper with Santa RivALZ Blondes versus Brunettes Flag Football Medical Soceity of Sedgwick County Annual Meeting


CEO Spotlight: Nicole Wolf She Means Business: Christina Patton Wichita Wears VIP Profile: Planet Hair VIP Interview: Mark Arts #WichitaFlag

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Photography by Aaron Patton Model: Parker Mitchell from Models & Images

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VIP Wichita Magazine Staff

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Bonnie Bing

Fashion Director

Volume II Issue VII Editor Scott Elpers

Aaron Patton

Feature Photographer

Fashion Director Bonnie Bing Feature Photographers Madison Ham Aaron Patton Writers & Photographers Bonnie Bing Amy Geiszler-Jones Lisa-Marie A. Pulley MeLinda Schnyder

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VIP Calendar of Events January 2018 Monday












6 Mark Arts Community Open House 10 a.m.







Brew & Fun Run Augustino Brewing 6 p.m.


Bridal & Event Expo Century II 10 a.m.



Chili for Choice in Wichita Abode 5:30 p.m.




29 The Illusionist Century II 7:30 p.m.

31 The Illusionist Century II 7:30 p.m.


Positive Directions Fire & Ice Gala Adode 6 p.m.


24 Prairie Hills Financial Group Open House 4 p.m.





Bridal & Event Expo Century II Noon




Final Friday

27 Third Annual Ice Spectacular Wichita Art Museum 11 a.m.

VIP • Century II

David Oles, Jennifer Hughes, Thomas Hunsecker, Darlene Myers

Bruce Witt, Carley Larson, Megan Voyles, Tram Ngo, Sean Robinson

Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce

Annual Meeting

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted hometown favorite Gregg Marshall and famed ESPN Sportscaster Dick Vitale at its 2017 annual meeting at Century II on November 7. The two were keynote speakers for the popular annual event, which brought together business owners and influential Wichitans. The Chamber’s annual meeting has included several high-profile speakers, including two former U.S. Presidents. The evening was a celebration of Wichita and the tremendous economic impact sporting events have in the region. Marshall, head coach of Wichita State University men’s basketball team, spoke about the WSU’s entry in the American Athletic Conference, as well as his personal perspective on why Wichita is the best place for him and his family to call home. Look for photos at

Doug Dixon, DeDe Dixon, Tracey Gould

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Sheree Utash, Jim Walters

Ashley Moore, Aharon Hoopes

Chad Stafford, Mark Tucker

Ryan Hillard, Keely Hillard

Coleen Jennison, Ty Masterson, Marlow Masterson

George Rivas, Jose Gutierrez

Wichita Chamber Annual Meeting

Not Your


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Richard Campbell, Evan Wessel, Kelly Harrison, Tanja Harrison

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Deb Voth, Angela Kessler

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Gary Mason, Dave Gregory, Laurie Gregory, Karma Mason

January 2018 • 11

VIP • Exploration Place

Spirit AeroSystems

Design Build Fly Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Betsy Redler, Bree Cox, Jason Cox, Scott Redler, Cindy Schwan


xploration Place held an exclusive opening on November 14 for its newest permanent exhibit - Design Build Fly. The 5,100-square-foot exhibit is designed to tell the story of Wichita aviation – of the city’s past, present and future in aviation history. Design Build Fly is Exploration Place’s largest overhaul in its 17-year existence. Look for photos at

Susie Longwell, Mayor Jeff Longwell

Kathy Irick, Kent Irick, Sheree Utash

12 • January 2018

Luis Rodriguez, Cheryl Rodriguez, Rik Dubiel

Paul Bowen, Gail Bowen

Doug Stark, Kathi Stark, David Gear

Design Build Fly

Todd Ramsey, Nicole Cooper, Chloe Stevenson, Bonnie Tharp

Dave Unruh, Karen Unruh

Nicole Stuckey, Skyler Martinez, Patty Koehler, Ed Koehler

Emily Docking, Sara Garrison, Phil Garrison, Mandy Fleming

Sharon Bastian, Clark Bastian

January 2018 • 13

VIP • Mid-America All-Indian Center

Michelle Conine, Lynn Stumblingbear, Marsha Meyer

Laura Foster, Robert Foster, David Hufford, Sally Hufford, Mary Ohadi, Ali Ohadi

Share Our Food Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he air was filled with aromas from delicious food at the Mid-America All-Indian Center on November 16 for Share Our Food. The popular event featured authentic Native American food as guests enjoyed learning about the history behind the recipes. Attendees at the annual tasting event had the opportunity to experience authentic dishes from across the country and sample wines from Smokey Hills Vineyards & Winery. Denise Neil and Jack Oliver were the event emcees. Wichita War Dancer Greg Victors performed Native American cultural dances. Look for photos at

Jamon Sommer, Jim Sommer, Teri Sommer

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Greg Victors, Jack Oliver

Erika McGreevy, William McGreevy

Lory Postoak, Patty Postoak

Annette Simpson, Larry Simpson

Kimberly Konecny, Pat Konecny, Kathy Felter

Lyndon Drew, Tammy Drew, Virgil Johnson

Share Our Food [ stunning luxury at the moorings ]

Jana Oliver, Jack Oliver, Denise Neil

$ 2,345,000

Sarah Adams, Sandra Hulsey

Jasmine Terkildsen, Catrina Red Willow

Soaring ceilings, panoramic water views and fabulous details in this spectacular home! • 10,175 sq ft • 6 bedrooms • 7 full / 2 half baths • custom granite kitchen, island, brkfst bar, 2 walk-in pantries • main flr family room, fireplace, built ins, office off family rm • master suite w/ spa-like bath w/ sauna, 2-way fireplace, door to balcony • finished basement w/ viewout windows, wet bar, fireplace • Laundry rm w/ dogwash • fenced yard, patio, pool, dock 3521 W. Crystal Beach Cir. Wichita, KS 67204 | MLS #542773

Joyce Neice, Holly Pyle

Garrett Grier, Holly Grier

Krista Dahlinger, Shirley Robinson, Megan Wells

January 2018 • 15

VIP • Public at the Brickyard

Ring in the Holidays with AMA Wichita Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


merican Marketing Association’s Wichita chapter held a downtown ring for the Salvation Army on December 14. Ringers were stationed at two locations - one in downtown Wichita and one in Old Town. Ringers dropped in after and before their shifts to Public at the Brickyard for AMA’s holiday mixer. Look for photos at

John DeCesaro, Kelley DeCesaro

Daniel Drouhard, Vanessa Whiteside, Brett Burns

Michelle Eastman, Lynn Deckinger

XXX Cara Kliewer, Chris Kliewer

At the Wichita Marriott, we know that a wedding isn’t about the tables and chairs, the food or the ballroom. It’s about the wedding couple. So our mission is to make the day about them and their vision. We know the perfect day is in the details, so we will fulfill the happy couple’s vision through flexible spaces, certified wedding planners, and creative food and drink options, freeing them up to enjoy the day of their dreams.

9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS 67207 316.651.0333 • Operated by Corporate Hills LLC under license from Marriott International, Inc. or one of its affiliates

16 • January 2018

CEO Spotlight Nicole Wolf By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Madison Ham Editor’s Note: CEO Spotlight is a recurring monthly feature on CEOs, presidents and business owners in the Wichita area.


n event that has a wow factor doesn’t just happen by chance. It happens by design. That’s the philosophy of Nicole Wolf, whose design experience spans from high-end fashion to furniture and now the designing and staging of events in Wichita. As a fashion designer, Wolf worked in both New York City and Los Angeles for such well-known brands as Victoria’s Secret and Donna Karan. She’s also developed a design business and brand, Same Tree, that provides expertise in designing interiors and custom-made lighting and furniture. Her designs have been featured in “Vogue,” “Elle Decor,” “Harper’s Bazaar UK” and on online design sites such as Design Milk and Martha Stewart’s American Made. Now she’s applying her design acumen to events with her upscale event and design consulting business Couture Ever After, which she started about 18 months ago in Wichita. “I want to create experiences, not just beautiful events, for clients,” Wolf said. “I make sure all the details connect to bring an

unforgettable experience and deliver that wow factor.” Wolf started Couture Ever After around the time she was getting married and wanted to turn an important, unforgettable event in her life into one that her guests would find unforgettable, as well. She realized other Wichitans want that too, not only for weddings but for other events such as the recent Home for Doc gala, hosted by Spirit AeroSystems to benefit the fundraising efforts of the well-known restored World War II, Wichita-built B-29 bomber named Doc. “I felt with my fashion background, I could create an event that meets a person’s dreams of a unique experience and make this a more fun process,” she said, of starting her second business since returning to Wichita to fulfill what she termed “a calling to become an entrepreneur.” Not only does Wolf design events, she creates and leases specialty event décor. Among her rental pieces are “I Love ICT” marquee lights, white trees – which arrived too late to be included in Wolf ’s own wedding, a 14-foot tinsel chandelier and even an authentic World War II parachute that she repurposed to originally serve as a signature, lighted ceiling centerpiece at the Doc gala. Continued on Page 61

VIP • The Wichita Eagle

Deanna Harms, Suzanne Tobias, Nancy Blanchat, Jim Blanchat

Kris Armstead, Bonnie Armstead, Marti Verschelden, Dick Verschelden

The Wichita Eagle

Holiday Open House Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Jerry Engstrand, Georgia Engstrand

Craig Marsolf, Gayle Marsolf

Carl Hultgren, Bonnie Sue Hultgren

Charli Singh, Barath Baktha


or the first time since moving into its new Old Town offices last spring, The Wichita Eagle opened its doors to the public for a holiday open house on December 6. Readers toured the newsroom and advertising floor, while enjoying refreshments and a holiday acapella performance. Look for photos at

Shawnee Smith, Rod Pocowatchit, Tracy Warledo

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Stan Finger, Craig Hacker

Dale Seiwert, Megan Leis

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VIP • LeVela

AJ Boleski, Katie Grover, Kevin Hooper, Mike Pelfrey, Jessica Scholes, Mike Scholes

Pete Meitzner, Suzi Meitzner, Pam McGrath, Bob McGrath, Laynie Bloomer, Rick Bloomer

Red Stocking Breakfast Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he popular Red Stocking Breakfast kept a large crowd fed at LeVela for the annual Wichita event on December 9. Each December, the Kansas Children’s Service League holds a Red Stocking Breakfast in five different locations across the state. The annual event is KCSL’s signature fundraiser, helping raise funds for child abuse prevention programs and services. Attendees enjoyed a delicious breakfast served by local celebrities, bid on auction items and had the chance to take photos with Santa. Look for photos at

Pete Meitzner, Ronda Martin, Bill Martin

20 • January 2018

Jaime Converse, Tim Hallacy

Bryan Frye, Mike Capps

Carly Isherwood, Cooper Isherwood

Caleb Anderson, Eric Anderson

Terri Hessman, Oliva Hessman, Mike Hessman, Cassidy Hessman

Red Stocking Breakfast


New Year!! Luc Ayalde, Ximena Silva, Olga Lingo, Katty Regalado

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Larry Hatteberg, Susan Peters

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January 2018 • 21



Our first full year as a venue

Omni Business Center 111 S. Whittier Wichita, KS 67207 Events



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Bridal Shower

Other Graduation



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rental packages launched featured in Wichita Business Journal 1 year anniversary attended Exposure trade show finished renovations on outside venue

100% HAPPY CUSTOMERS THANKS TO ALL OF OUR 2017 CLIENTS FOR MAKING THIS YEAR ONE TO REMEMBER! w w w. o m n i b i z l o u n g e . c o m 111 S. Whittier St. Wichita, KS 67207 316-689-4252

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Established in 1987 by industry innovator Eric Fisher, the Eric Fisher Salons have expanded over 30 years to become one of the most elite salon brands in the nation known for the spirit of authentic beauty. Renowned as one of America’s best, EFS has been honored with many awards and achievements throughout the years. These include being named one of the “Most Newsworthy Salons in America” by Consumer Press, a “Top 200 Salon” by Salon Today, “Retail Salon of the Year” by American Salon magazine, “Best Hair Salon in Wichita” for 8 years in a row, and many more. The salons’ work has been showcased in every prestigious national and international magazine including Vogue, Elle, Self, Glamour, Allure, Modern Salon, American Salon, and Salon Today. Recognized worldwide, EFS stylists are known for their technical expertise, communication, variety, imagination and knowledge. They receive ongoing training from industry leaders around the world and use that knowledge to create beautiful hair for their loyal clientele. Located in West Wichita, East Wichita, and Derby, the salons offer a wide range of services including haircutting, hair coloring, conditioning treatments, and special occasion styling. Additionally, the spa (located in the East Salon) offers advanced facial treatments, waxing, and massage. Twenty years after opening the first Eric Fisher Salon, Eric’s passion for education and desire to share his knowledge fueled his decision to open a cosmetology school. Eric Fisher Academy opened their doors in May 2007 with the goal to provide future beauty professionals with a top-notch education and to help better their lives. Over the last 10 years, EFA has grown to be one of the leading cosmetology schools in the nation, winning numerous awards including “Best School Culture in the Country” by Modern Salon magazine, “Best Trade School in Wichita” for 3 years in a row, “2013 Small Business of the Year” by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, and “Kansas SBDC 2016 Existing Business of the Year” by the Kansas Small Business Development Center, to name a few. Included in this modern, educational hub is a state-of-the-art student salon and spa that offers an array of services including haircuts, hair coloring, special occasion styling, makeup applications, customized facial treatments, body treatments, and much more. The retail area is jam-packed with top-of-the-line products, unique boutique items, a brow bar, and a skin bar equipped with a skin scanner. The Eric Fisher Salons and Eric Fisher Academy are proud to be a staple in their community and strive to continue to make beauty an extraordinary experience in Wichita for years to come.

VIP • Hotel at Old Town

Crystal McDonald, Daniel Drouhard, John Meetz

Karen White, Phil Richardson, Alicia Holloway

Brad Wiesen, Mick Green


Business Your Way Holiday Mixer Brandon Johnson, Brandi Blaylock

Robert Miller, Renee Sanderholm

Chrissy Robben, Linzi Mainz

Janie Moore, Brian Campbell

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Wichita Independent Business Association held its final Business Your Way Mixer of 2017 at Hotel at Old Town on December 19. More than 80 people attended to celebrate the year with food, drinks and good company. Look for photos at

Steve Fischer, Rhonda Pendergraft, Steve Pendergraft

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Bob Broeckelman, Lisa Fouts, Matt Fouts

Brian Campbell, Marilyn York, Randy Crook


Holiday Mixer

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Pete Meitzner, Chad Stafford, Crystal McDonald, Brandon Johnson

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Bill Johnson, Jeff Moore, Matt White

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January 2018 • 25

She Means Business Christina Patton


By Scott Elpers - Photography by Aaron Patton

hristina Patton knows how difficult the business of boudoir can be. It wasn’t long ago when she couldn’t place an ad in a magazine and had her fair share of discouraging looks at bridal expos. “For a long time, people were very hush-hush about boudoir. Some thought it was dirty when it was really something beautiful that should be celebrated,” Patton said. “Boudoir is so much more than a lingerie photo. It’s feeling beautiful about being you.” Patton has been a photographer for nearly a decade, but has shot boudoir exclusively for the past seven years. That’s when she started Boudoir by Wallflower, which she operates in a large studio on the fifth floor of the historic Kress Building in downtown Wichita. “I designed this studio space exclusively for boudoir,” she said. “It’s a nice open space with lots of natural light and options for studio light. It’s a big, open and comfortable space that is perfect for boudoir. “ Patton studied dance at Wichita State University before she discovered her passion behind the camera. It’s that background in dance that helped her become one of the most sought after boudoir photographers in the area. “Boudoir blends two of my favorite things – beautiful photography with a touch of chorography,” she said. “When you shoot with me, you’re going to get a lot of coaching. It’s very involved. I remember what it felt like a long time ago to not know what to do in front of the camera.” Although the final product is the photos, it’s the full experience of the shoot that keeps clients coming back. The three hour shoot comes with a touch of pampering and includes hair and makeup done by an artist that works exclusively with Patton. “This gives a client the opportunity to have everything completely focused on her, even if it’s just for a little bit. Life gets busy, and those moments are the first to get pushed to the side,” Patton said. “Even though it’s a gift that’s normally given to someone else, it’s really a gift for yourself.” Patton still steps in front of the camera once a month to test new lighting techniques, poses and expressions. She also continues to study her craft with some of the top professionals all over the world. Patton continues to push her all female brand when she launched her new endeavor “Venus & Vixen” in November, which she considers an experimental photography platform. She keeps clients up-to-date on both Venus & Vixen and Boudoir by Wallflower with regular online newsletters and on her Facebook pages and websites. “Boudoir by Wallflower really took off. It started as a hobby while I was a paralegal. Now it’s a fulltime, one-woman show,” Patton said. “I recently announced Venus & Vixen and had an overwhelming response. It’s been very exciting.”

“Boudoir is so much more than a lingerie photo. It’s feeling beautiful about being you.”

VIP • Distillery 244

Benny Bowden, Miguel Johns, Collins McDonald

Stephen Williams Jr., Tony Osborne, Tawanda Johnson

Chris Callen, Amanda McKenzie, Kevin Winterscheidt

An Evening of Wichita Entrepreneurship Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Alex Russell, Keenen Smith

Matt Lo, Andrew Gough

Thea Pajunen, Andrea Stang

Carmen Resco, Whitney Feltrop


tartup Grind Wichita hosted its final event of 2017 on December 14 at Distillery 244. More than 200 attendees came to the fireside chat with a panel of esteemed Wichita entrepreneurs: Jeff Turner, Scott Redler, Beth Tully, Curtis Whitten and Brian Williamson. In 2017, Startup Grind Wichita had 11 entrepreneurs speak at 12 events to an estimated 1,500 attendees. Look for photos at

Steve Hays, Brian Williamson, Nic Wentling

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Betsy Redler, Bruce Rowley, Scott Redler

Adrienne Kantukule, Nancy Kersenbrock, Lori Winningham

An Evening of Wichita Entrepreneurship [ the preserve at white tail – andover schools ]

Ryan Wolf, Niki Wolf, Sheona Sleiman, Dan Kreis

$ 457,900

Casey Woolfolk, Tony Henning

Judy Whiley, Misty Brown

Beautifully maintained and updated spacious home. Close to east Wichita, wonderful community ammenities. • 4441 sq ft • 5 bedrooms • 4 full / 1 half baths • gorgeous granite kitchen, pullout shelving in pantry • main flr living rm, kitchen, office master w/ updated bath • finished basement w/ rec room fireplace, wet bar, new carpet • new carpet & windows 2nd flr new roof 2015, newly painted exterior & interior • fenced back yard, deck 1021 N Woodridge Dr, Wichita, KS 67206 | MLS #541352

John Michael, Lexi Michael, Timirie Shibley, Dave Varner

Tiana Garci, Kim Garci

Jason Verbeckmoes, Adam Burrus

January 2018 • 29

VIP • Sydney’s Pet Resort

Sips with Santa Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ydney’s Pet Resort offered its annual Sips with Santa – an event that allows dog owners to bring their pets for pictures with Santa – on December 17. Treats were available for both the four-legged and two-legged participants, while adults sipped on complimentary wine and children made crafts. Look for photos at

Breanna Meisner, Mallory Snider, Ashley McGrew

Sheena Tull, Frankie, Rylan Tull, Jason Tull

Nancy Rader, Xander

XXX Sean Hatfield, Watson, Maggie Hatfield

Spartans love learning. Spartans today... Leaders tomorrow

COME TO AN OPEN HOUSE! EARLY CHILDHOOD Age 2 – Kindergarten Thurs., Jan. 11, 5 – 7 p.m.



9115 E. 13TH STREET

30 • January 2018


Grades 1 - 4 Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m

Meet our caring, experienced teachers and specialists! See our beautiful outdoor play environment! Bring the whole family!

VIP • Gardner Design

Jason Toevs, Jacob Wayman, Jen Cole, Krissy Buck

Jay Walter, Maureen Walter, Murphy Walter, Susan Schrader, Adam Anderson

Gardner Design Heartlandia Sticker Launch Party

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Bill Gardner, Cara Kliewer

Brian Wiens, Barth Hague

Emily Juhnke, Amanda Maier, Daniel Drouhard

Laura Bernstorf, John Trowbridge


ardner Design held a holiday open house and sticker launch party for Heartlandia on December 12. Heartlandia is the Gardner Design team’s love note to the Wichita community. Through this collection of adhesive sentiments, Gardener Design is encouraging pride in the Wichita community. All 41 sticker designs can be found at Look for photos at

Emily Juhnke, Laura Bernstorf, Mike Mathia, Krissy Buck

32 • January 2018

Adam Anderson, Pat Wherritt, Kathy Heaton

Wichita Wears The Eyes Have It

Fashion Director: Bonnie Bing - Photographer: Aaron Patton


t’s a new year and if you are ready for a change in your appearance, don’t stop with a new hairstyle. What about your glasses? If you’re like many people, you have one pair of prescription glasses that you wear every day regardless of where you’re going or what you’re doing. If that’s the case, you do need a change. Check out what’s new. And if you’re someone with an eyeglasses wardrobe, you’ll of course want to take note of the trends for 2018. Loretta Nacker of Grene Vision Group says several trends will carry over from last year, but there are five that offer a fresh, new look. Round frames have a minimal, contemporary look ideal for daily wear for both men and women. Wooden and wood grain frames are showing up in a variety of shapes. Cat eye shaped frames are feminine. They are sophisticated but also fun, especially in bright colors. Brow line frames, which are heavier on top with thin metal on the bottom, continue to be popular. These versatile frames work whether you’re dressed up for a night out or headed to the library to study. Color! Resist trying on only neutral colors when it comes to new frames. Shades of red, teal and purple are not only fun, but very chic. Looking to the near future Nacker predicts round, wire-rimmed glasses are going to make a big comeback. And let’s not forget sunglasses. They not only protect your eyes from the sun, but make a statement as an accessory. If you decide to go conservative with your daily eyewear, why not choose sunglass frames that are edgier, whether it’s a bright color, a bold shape, or some with a touch of glimmer or sparkle. - Bonnie Bing

On the Models Previous Page: The Judith Leiber Couture name, known for exquisite handbags, also has a line of frames. These are crimson with crystal, $515. Left: Going for color, these trendy red marble frames are by William Morris, $240 Above: Frames by OWP Mexx are a good example of frames featuring wood grain, $180. All models courtesty of Models & Images. All frames provided by Grene Vision Group.

Now you can go head to toe with Jimmy Choo. These frames by Jimmy Choo are gold copper, $495

You will easily shift into a neutral shade with these crystal smoke frames by Oliver Peoples, $240.

These “blue leopard� frames by William Morris put the accent on the eyes, $235.

VIP • Wilson Estates

Cameron Prichard, Shelly Prichard, Sharon Bastian, Clark Bastian

Pat Do, Sylvia Do, Noreen Carrocci, Bob Benson

Wichita Community Foundation

Holiday party Gene Camarena, Yolanda Camarena

Sharon Thomas, Gary Gamm

Anittra Kilgore, Courtney Bengtson

Dan Peare, Christa Rude Vazeos

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


oard members, staff, family and friends of the Wichita Community Foundation held a special holiday party on December 12. Drs. Pat and Sylvia Do hosted the occasion. Look for photos at

Mary Hetherington, Dale Diggs, Cokie Diggs

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Mary Hetherington, Hector Cortez, Anittra Kilgore, Shelly Prichard, Courtney Bengtson, James Woods, Penny Kylar

WCF Holiday Party [ savanna dream home – andover schools ]

Tom Dondlinger, Shelly Prichard, Colleen Dondlinger, Suzie Ahlstrand

$ 1,279,000

Dick Ahlstrand, Lyndon Wells

Pat Do, Christa Rude Vazeos

Luxurious 1-1/2 story on 1-1/2 beautiful acres. Great spaces inside and out for easy living! • 6574 sq ft • 7 bedrooms • 4 full / 1 half baths • granite kitchen, w/ 2 islands, pro-grade appliances & opens to hearth rm w/ fireplace • office w/ fireplace & built ins, also a fabuluous sun rm • master suite w/ spa-like bath w/ walk-in closet w/ built-ins • 2nd flr loft area w/ built-n desk • viewout basement w/ rec room, game rm, fireplace, wet bar • deck, patio, pool w/ auto cover 14132 E. Sundance, Wichita, KS 67230 | MLS #544068

James Woods, Tami Bradley, Anittra Kilgore, Nancy McMaster

Hector Cortez, Clark Bastian, Sharon Bastian, James Woods

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VIP Profile Planet Hair By Amy Geiszler-Jones - Photography by Aaron Patton


he roots of Wichita’s innovative Planet Hair salon go back 25 years. And if you should choose to do as the salon’s marketing material suggests and “enter our orbit and experience our universe,” you’ll find a trio of owners who have some down-to-earth practices of giving back to the community and providing a creative, fun and professional work environment. Owners Graham Ross and Tod and Linda Ernst opened Planet Hair at 504 E. Douglas on November 2, 1992, when Wichita’s Old Town was just starting its conversion from a warehouse district to what is now a shopping and entertainment center with residential loft and apartment spaces. It was – and still is – a perfect location for the salon and its clientele, they said, being centrally located within Wichita and easy to access by clients in surrounding communities via Kellogg. It was also some perfect timing. Ross and Tod Ernst had been working at different salons before that time, but both wanted new outlets and a salon of their own. They met one another through Linda Ernst’s sister, a co-worker of Ross’ at the time. Linda Ernst eventually closed her floral design business to focus on running the business side of Planet Hair, allowing Ross and Tod Ernst to work as stylists, jobs they still do today. The building with a colorful past – it was a former saloon and brothel back at the turn-of-the-20th-century – had some colorful occupants. While the handful of Planet Hair stylists occupied the front of the building’s first floor, artists took up space in the second floor during that time. Now the salon – with its 14 or so stylists that Ross calls the salon’s best-assembled team in its history – encompasses the entire first floor. Artists are still a part of the business, in a way, as the salon showcases and sells local art, such as the one-of-kind heirloom jewelry handcrafted by Lindsey Scot Ernst. The building still remains colorful, easily recognized by the galactic mural on its west-facing brick

wall, overlooking its parking lot. In 1993, the Planet Hair owners booked a nightclub venue to put on a small event to showcase fun, inspired looks and raise money for AIDS causes. ArtAid would become the salon’s signature showcase event, eventually becoming a grander gala event that raised more than $1.5 million during the 18-year run it was produced by Planet Hair. Since 2013, the show has been produced by the AIDS service organization, Positive Directions. “It really gave us an opportunity to be really creative and do things that were not just behind the chair,” said Tod Ernst. “It was about a passion to make lives better,” said Ross. “It all stayed local and that’s a legacy we’ll stand on.” Planet Hair continues its philanthropic efforts, engaging in smaller-scale events. Earlier this year, for example, it participated in a fundraising event for the Wichita Art Museum, held in conjunction with fashion photographer Irving Penn’s exhibition at WAM. This April, it will join other local Aveda salons to host the 3rd annual Catwalk for Water, a clean water awareness event held during Earth Month 2018. Recognized nationally for its innovative and original styles, the salon has also garnered frequent attention and accolades from the beauty industry because of its philanthropic outreach. It’s a past recipient of Aveda’s Humanitarian Award. For the past eight years, Planet Hair has been repeatedly named one of the 200 fastest-growing salons in the U.S. by Salon Today, an industry trade magazine. More than 1,500 salons compete for that designation. It has also been named one of the 100 best salons in the U.S. by Elle magazine. Ross defined the secret to their success this way: “We enjoy what we do and we’re focused on the things we’re passionate about: clients, charities and community.”

Graham Ross, Linda Ernst and Tod Ernst, owners, Planet Hair

VIP • National Center for Aviation Training

Lydia Peniston, Brianna Boehn, David Alexander, Garrett Butler

LaRoux Gillespie, Brian Glowiak, John O’Leary

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ichita Chapter 52 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers celebrated its 75th anniversary on November 3 at the National Center for Aviation Training. Speakers at the special dinner celebration included John F. O’Leary, vice president, Airbus Americas Engineering, and Brian Glowiak, vice president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Education Foundation. Members of the Wichita Homeschool team that has repeatedly done well at the Kansas BEST robotics competition demonstrated their remote-controlled robot during a reception. Wichita Chapter 52 has more than 125 members, according to chapter chair Kathy Daniels. Look for photos at

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Jennifer White is the founder of ICT S.O.S., a volunteer-driven community action group created to fight domestic minor sex trafficking in the Wichita area. Since 2011, ICT S.O.S. has partnered with local social service agencies and law enforcement in a support role to provide donations, volunteers, and to create community awareness. ICT S.O.S. also provides prevention education for middle and high school students through the Tell Your Friends curriculum. This four-module curriculum aims to increase teens’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities in intimate partner relationships, provide them a deeper understanding of the true nature of sexual violence and exploitation, and connect them to community-based resources. Emphasis is put on the risk factors and causes behind exploitation, human trafficking and dating Jennifer White truly is an Everything Woman! violence, while exploring issues such as the media’s glamorization of commercial sex and the importance of using empowering language. In 2017 alone, the curriculum has reached over 1,300 students in area schools and group homes. Jennifer is also the Race Director for the annual Race 4 Freedom 5K, a project of ICT S.O.S. which benefits a local direct service agency each year with 100% of the proceeds. The Race has raised over $138,000 in its first 6 years, all of which has been donated locally to organizations serving victims, survivors and at-risk youth. Jennifer has been honored as a “40 Under 40” recipient in 2013 and Citizen of the Year in 2014 by the Wichita League of Women Voters. The organization has received recognition from the Wichita Police Department, the Governor’s Conference and most notably was honored nationally by the National Children’s Alliance in 2015 with the Volunteer Leadership Group Award at a reception in Washington, DC. Jennifer and her husband Chris spent two years as house parents in an independent living program for at-risk young women, and continue to mentor many of the young women they served. Jennifer and Chris have two daughters, who are her inspiration to create a safer community.

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ichita State University First Lady Deborah Bardo and Elizabeth King, president and CEO of the WSU Foundation, hosted the WSU First Lady’s Holiday Brunch December 2 at the Wichita Country Club. Guests were treated with cocktails, brunch and dessert, along with musical entertainment provided by current scholarship recipients. During the morning’s program, the invited participants also heard from scholarship recipients who shared stories of the impact of those scholarship funds. The invitation-only event brings together some of the university’s most loyal supporters, according to Foundation officials. Look for photos at

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VIP • Wichita Art Museum

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early 400 employees and guests of Celebrity Cruises’ Wichita reservation center gathered November 30 at the Wichita Art Museum for their annual holiday celebration. The evening featured a program highlighting award winners and the many accomplishments during the past year of the company, which has a major impact on the city, not just through its employment, but its community service, too. Among the guests of honor was Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of the growing Miami-based company. Look for photos at

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n Evening with the Stars was the theme of the Kansas Aviation Museum’s 26th annual gala on November 11. Two awards we presented during the event at the Kansas Aviation Museum, which is also home of the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. Jack Pelton was inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame and Walter House was posthumously given the 2017 Kansas Aviation Honor Award. Look for photos at

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VIP Interview: Mark Arts By MeLinda Schnyder Photography by Madison Ham


wo years away from its 100th birthday, Wichita’s oldest visual arts organization seems young again. This month, the new $20 million Mark Arts, Mary R. Koch Arts Center opens on the southwest corner of 13th Street and Rock Road in east Wichita. First known as the Wichita Art Association, then The Wichita Center for the Arts for three decades, the privately funded nonprofit also renamed itself in 2016. “The new name is twofold,” said Katy Dorrah, executive director. “First, it honors Mary R. Koch, a beloved benefactor. And it also refers to the maker’s mark that artists leave on their work, whether it’s a brushstroke, potter’s stamp or signature.” Even with a new name and new legs, the organization’s core mission remains the same: to be a vibrant arts hub in Wichita and the region by providing opportunities to appreciate and create art in an atmosphere of lifelong learning. The art center’s 50-year-old building needed costly repairs and upgrades in useful space and technology for studios where classes are taught. Mark Arts is one of the region’s few arts centers that includes a

school, offering classes and workshops for ages ranging from preschool through retirement age. The Charles Koch Foundation donated 17 acres at the city’s fifth-busiest intersection – land valued at $4.5 million – and The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation made a lead gift of $2 million along with the promise of another $4 million if the community could match it. “Although it was not easy, the bold vision from our board and the leadership of a strong capital campaign committee, led by Bonnie Bing Honeyman and Mike Michaelis, helped us tell our story and engage the community,” Dorrah said. “Key stakeholders, donors and partners were so supportive, and we were able to build the momentum we needed to proceed with construction three months ahead of schedule. We are thrilled to have finished the building on schedule and on budget.” Gallery admission will remain free at the prairie-style center, which officially opens Jan. 8 after unveiling festivities on Jan. 6 that include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and

tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the 5,000-square-foot gallery that will host national exhibits, there are nine studios, an event center, commons areas for visitors and students, an outdoor sculpture garden and green space for art fairs, special events and plein air classes. Dorrah, who joined Mark Arts in 2014 after two decades with the United Way of the Plains and is a former president of Junior League of Wichita, said donors, board members and staff want the public to consider this their arts center. “This building is for you. Everything we do is about elevating the arts and inspiring the artist in all of us,” she said. VIP: Why does Mark Arts exist? KD: Mark Arts has a rich history in Wichita, dating to its inception in 1920 as the Wichita Art Association. At that time, Wichita itself was only 50 years old. It was a city of about 100,000 people, and many citizens felt it was time that there be a dedicated organization for highlighting the visual arts in the community. Previously, access to the arts was limited and

not really available to the general public. Our first permanent location was 401 N. Belmont Ave. in College Hill. We were there from 1942 to 1965, when we moved to 9112 E. Central. In 1990, we became The Wichita Center for the Arts. In 2016, we became Mark Arts, the Mary R. Koch Arts Center. Mary Koch was a skilled artist and loyal benefactor. In fact, Mark Arts owes so much to a trio of visionary women — Mary Koch, Olive Ann Beech and Gladys Wiedemann — so we are absolutely thrilled that all three will be honored in our new building. The Mary R. Koch Arts Center features the Gladys and Karl T. Wiedemann Gallery and the Olive Ann Beech Great Hall Lobby. VIP: Besides transforming the corner of 13th and Rock with a stunning new building, what can we expect to be different with the new location? KD: Where do I start? We have three new art studios – one for the culinary arts, one for the digital arts and a dedicated studio for children. We also have a modern and beautiful great hall that was built specifically for events and includes a catering kitchen, green room and cutting-edge technology. VIP: What does Mark Arts offer? KD: There are three main components of the new Mark Arts: the School of Creativity, the gallery and the great hall. School of Creativity: In our School of Creativity, individuals may sign up for a one-time workshop or delve more deeply into their study by enrolling in a class that meets weekly. Our students of all ages and skill levels come back again and again because of the supportive environment and expert instruction. We offer instruction in the following disciplines: culinary, dance, digital arts, drama, drawing, enameling, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, pottery and sculpture. Our commons, complete with rotating gallery space for twodimensional and three-dimensional works, is designed to be a hub and a hangout for Mark Arts students and visitors. We also offer private parties that can incorporate painting, cooking, sculpting and more. For example, birthday parties, bridal showers, team-building events and employee and client appreciation events. Gallery: Visitors will find art from our study collection and other exhibitions throughout Mark Arts, but the jewel of the building is the 5,000-square-foot gallery, home to our national juried exhibitions and more. Make Mark Arts your first stop when you are looking for stunning, original artwork to expand your collection and your point of view. Great Hall: The beautiful new Mark Arts provides a cultural experience unlike anything in Wichita. Mark Arts has an open catering policy, and our event rentals manager will work with clients every step of the way to make sure you have a smooth and superior experience, whether they are planning a business meeting for 20 or a special event for several hundred people. The great hall has a capacity of 350, but when it is rented with other spaces, Mark Arts can accommodate up to 600 guests. VIP: Do you have a permanent art collection? KD: We do not have a permanent art collection but do have a study collection. Particular highlights include the work of the famed Prairie Print Makers and our enamel collection. You would be hard-pressed to find another institution with the depth and breadth we have in these two areas.

VIP: How many people visit Mark Arts? KD: We serve about 10,000 people a year and we certainly expect that to grow in the new building. Our audience for classes is local, but we do have a regional draw for our exhibitions, for our Artisan Academy workshops and for the Eastern Kansas Scholastic Art Awards for middle schoolers and high schoolers in 70 eastern Kansas counties. VIP: How large is your organization? KD: We have a full-time staff of seven, several part-time employees and 40 instructors. Mark Arts is governed by a 25-member Board of Trustees. We are also lucky to have the support of a strong network of volunteers, including the 100-plus members of Designing Women. This group organizes Holiday Tables, a beloved fundraising event that celebrated its 50th year in 2017. We have more than 400 member families. Memberships start at $75 and include discounts on classes, invitation to member receptions and more. We also have a patron group called the Vault for members who give $500 or more annually. Vault members receive invitations to exclusive events and special art-related opportunities. VIP: How is Mark Arts funded? KD: As a privately funded nonprofit, we generate revenue through tuition, art sales, event rentals, memberships, special events, grants, endowment earnings and other gifts. VIP: The Kochs were instrumental in making this happen, though you also raised a large sum from the community. Who were some of the major contributors? KD: While the Koch family was instrumental the building of the new Mark Arts, more than 200 individuals and organizations supported this project. Among the most significant were the Clark Family Partnership, Cox Communications, Drs. Pat and Sylvia Do, Intrust Bank, Caesar and Michelle Naftzger, Bill and Mary Lynn Oliver, I. A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation, Dwane & Velma Wallace Foundation and the K. T. Wiedemann Foundation. VIP: Do you have a favorite part or feature of the new building yet? KD: There are so many spots that are just stunning, but my favorite is the space at the end of our new youth gallery dedicated to exhibiting student art. To one side is our main art gallery, and to the other is our new great hall for events. And just out the window is a stunning sculpture garden and artistic oasis for our entire community. VIP: What fundraisers do you have planned for 2018? KD: Versus: A Live Art Battle will take place Sept. 21 and Holiday Tables will be Nov. 9-11. Versus is an event like no other. It is an artistic smackdown, and artists have 20 minutes to create live on stage, with the guests voting on their favorites to advance to the final round. It is just a fantastic way to showcase what we do here – encouraging people to appreciate and create art. Versus also has a student competition, and each high school student who participates receives a cash scholarship. Holiday Tables highlights the creativity of our area’s best hosts and hostesses, who create elaborate and exquisite tablescapes as inspiration for the holiday season. Individuals, businesses and nonprofits contribute. This event has amazing longevity for Wichita. It just celebrated its 50th year in 2017. VIP: How can readers support Mark Arts? KD: Take a class, become a member, buy art or book your next special event! More information is available at

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amilies brought their dogs to Old Cowtown Museum on November 4 for Canines at Cowtown, an opportunity to get a mini photo session by RedRock Photography for holiday cards and a fundraiser for Paw It Forward Foundation. The entry fee and photo session fees benefitted the non-profit charitable fund, which provides financial support for pets at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital via good Samaritan, natural disaster or family financial crisis. Attendees enjoyed popcorn, games, raffle prizes and time to explore Old Cowtown Museum with their fourlegged friends. Brown Box Bakery sold cupcakes that came with a mini pup-cake topped with peanut butter and a Milk-Bone. Look for photos at

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or four festive nights in December, Santa and his elves took a break from their holiday preparations to host special meals at Botanica. In addition to Supper with Santa, the children enjoyed holiday songs, created an art project, shared their wishes with Santa Claus and decorated a cookie with Santa’s elves. After dinner, families walked through the gardens to take in the wondrous lights of Illuminations. Look for photos at

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Celebrate! OPEN HOUSE

January 25th, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 8415 East 21st Street N., Suite 220 We will have food, fun and giveaways. Friends and family are always welcome.

Juhnke Financial Group is now Prairie Hills Financial Group

This is an informational seminar. There is no cost or obligation. Plan-specific benefits or details will not be provided. Senior Insurance Consultants of Kansas is not affiliated with Ameriprise Financial. Senior Insurance Consultants of Kansas is not a broker-dealer. Ameriprise Financial and its representatives do not provide Medicare advice. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. Juhnke Financial Group is located at 8621 E 21st St N, Suite 130, Wichita, KS 67206. Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC. © 2017 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. 1916475ACMR1017

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VIP • Hartman Arena

Abby Marr, Terrance Williams, John Sills, Carla Ayala

Todd Grant, Joe Praseuth, Patricia Cantrell, Julius Kammavongsa


Blondes versus Brunettes Flag Football


he annual RivALZ Blondes versus Brunettes flag football contest November 18 at Hartman Arena resulted in a 31-26 victory for the Team Blonde, which has won the contest for five consecutive years. Also winning were those with Alzheimer’s who are going to be helped because of the fundraising event, which brought in more than $38,000 for Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas. Women from both teams practiced for eight weeks before the big game, running a variety of plays they learned from coaches Eric Fahnestock of Team Blonde and Victor Robledo of Team Brunette. “Both teams did a fabulous job and should be super proud for what was accomplished for the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Fe Vorderlandwehr, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Central and Western Kansas Before the kickoff, Hugo Castillo sang the national anthem and Sierra Scott assisted with the coin toss. Look for photos at

Karen Folye, Kim Watson

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Sky Malone, Caitlyn Johnson

Jennifer Pitt, Hugo Castillo

Jesse Cordova, Bailey Cordova

Victor Robledo, Stacia Foley

Gwen Snyder, Fe Vorderlandwehr, Denise Vann

Jenna Beverage, Jayden Beverage, Greg Beverage

VIP • Hyatt Regency

Michael Cayless, Tricia Petz, Angela Fry, Shelley Duncan

Dr. Adam Misasi, Dr. Rebecca Foster, Dr. Braden Foster

Medical Society of Sedgwick County Annual Meeting Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


he Medical Society of Sedgwick County held its annual meeting December 5, at the Hyatt Regency. The meeting also included an auction to raise funds for Project Access, which coordinates access to donated medical care for uninsured, low-income residents of Sedgwick County. Dr. David Barbe, president of the American Medical Association, was the special guest speaker during the program, which also included the transfer of the presidency of the Medical Society’s board from Dr. Denis Knight to Dr. Jed Delmore. Nearly $4,000 was raised through the wine and microbrewery beer auction to support Project Access’ efforts to find health care for more than 1,000 people annually. Look for photos at

Dr. Sam Antonios, Dr. David Barbe, Phillip Brownlee

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Dr. Devin Penny, Dr. Melissa Penny

Dr. Jeanne Kroeker, James Stepien

Dr. Denis Knight, Ginna Knight

Josh Bolan, Shawn Jiwanlal

Brad Schreck, Josh Bolan, James Stepien

CEO Spotlight Nicole Wolf Continued from Page 17 Whether planning an event for two or 200 or even larger crowds, Couture Ever After can provide a luxurious, all-encompassed experience for an event, Wolf said. Couture Ever After features many popular event themes – retro, bohemian, chic, rustic vintage, natural and more – that include corresponding specialty rentals and readymade table settings that she calls party kits. Wolf can accommodate a client’s customized style. The 8-place setting party kits retail for about $160 and include themed elegant dinnerware, flatware, custom napkin rings and name cards that are both completely gorgeous and completely disposable, noted Wolf. Wolf recently opened a new storefront for her business at 520 S. Commerce Street, right next door to the bridal and custom dress shop Vanya’s Designs. The building was once a former corn broom factory. Earlier in 2017, Wolf designed the space for Vanya’s Design owner Alicia Ybarra. For both shops, Wolf has incorporated elegant, artistic and functional features with some of building’s original elements, such as the warm, worn wooden floors. For example, at Vanya’s Designs, swagged cream-colored fabric panels trimmed in blush-colored, satin-like fabric serve as design elements, but they can become the “walls” of a dressing room. Oversized framed mirrors – again bringing design and function – lean against the walls. In the Couture Ever After space, Wolf used clean white and black colors as a backdrop to the colorful mood boards and large event photographs that hang on the walls to showcase event design possibilities. She’s created rotating window displays with the rental pieces and themes she has available. “It all goes back to fashion,” Wolf said, describing how she approaches designing spaces and events. She makes sure all of the details come together to create a seamless, timeless and unforgettable product with plenty of style. Wolf studied at New York’s premier Fashion Institute of Technology. She specialized in lingerie, she said, because it’s a foundational element that has to be considered when designing haute couture and high-end fashion. She applies that same concept – starting with the foundations and then building out the other specific details – when she approaches event design. Her creativity, however, was sparked much earlier, when as a pre-teen she started helping her dad, Bob Boles, repurpose things. “We once built an elevated, canopied princess bed,” she said. He taught her to solder and understand how to construct things, she said. He’s her business partner for the Same Tree product line, which she started when she returned to Wichita. For awhile, Same Tree designs were carried in The Workroom in the Douglas Design District, but its customers now are primarily on the East and West coasts and in international markets, Wolf said. An enamalized tumbleweed chandelier was the first Same Tree design piece, and it’s one that Wolf also makes available for rental through Couture Ever After. The grand opening event for Couture Ever After is planned for Jan. 13-14, when the design studio will partner with Vanya’s Designs and Healing Waters to showcase their services. The event will be held at 520 S. Commerce. In March, Couture Ever After and Vanya’s Designs will hold their second Freedom Through Fashion fundraising event for ICT SOS, which fights human trafficking.

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#WichitaFlag The New Year is the perfect time to look back and reflect upon all the wonderful things that happened in Wichita in 2017. In that same spirit, we wanted to look back on the most popular posts (based on number of likes) on the @WichitaFlag Instagram account in 2017. Coincidentally, these are also the most popular posts of all time. Thanks to Wichitans for your continued love for the flag, and here’s to another great year! 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.

Tammy Taylor-Lindholm shared this photo from the ninth floor of a building overlooking the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The photo received 652 likes!

This photo was posted in July with this caption: “Congrats to former Shocker @RonBaker620 in his deal with the @NYKnicks! Wichita couldn’t be more proud!” The photo (not SHOCKingly) received 427 likes.

After Bashar Mahanweh and Ranya Taha’s restaurant, Petra, burned down in a suspected hate crime, artist Richard Crowson shared this beautiful illustration, which received 381 likes on the flag account.

Michael Kelly installed this neon eye catcher at his home in College Hill. Lots of Wichitans, 361 to be precise, liked this custom creation.

Zachary Ledbetter (@zaq.led) shared this artistic representation of the Arkansas River, complete with the Keeper of the Plains with a glowing Wichita flag. This photo received 354 likes.

If you’re looking for the Most Wichita Street in ICT, then you’ve officially found it. Scott Spradlin (@scottspradlin) shared this photo in July, which received 336 likes.

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VIP Wichita Magazine - January 2018  
VIP Wichita Magazine - January 2018