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Strike a Pose WAM Fall Party Wichita State University Foundation President’s Club Celebration Woofstock Bloktoberfest Tallgrass Film Festival VIP Party Athleta Grand Opening Celebration Pedalfest WIBA - Business Your Way Mixer National Association of Women Business Owners Business Blast Versus: A Live Art Battle Goodwill Industries of Kansas Annual Celebration Freedom Hooves Horseshoe Hoedown Wichita Professional Communicators Mixer Lytton’s Showroom Reopening The Wichita Eagle Readers’ Choice Awards Walk to Defeat ALS Rainbows United Peter Hampel Luau 17th Annual Haley’s SIDS Scramble BarkAID Mixer

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VIP Profile: Andrew Gough Wichita Wears She Means Business: Crystal McDonald CEO Spotlight: Jennifer Ray VIP Professional: Ziggy’s Pizza VIP Interview: Kansas Food Bank Prairie Pines - Where Christmas Memories Begin My Favorite Space: Marty Miller #WichitaFlag

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VIP Calendar of Events November 2017 Monday










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Gingerbread Village The Jingle NOAH’s Event Center Exploration Place 10 a.m. 7 p.m.

Wichita Toy Run Lawrence DuMont Stadium 9 a.m.







VIP • Wichita Art Museum

Drew Haden, C.J. Dean, Melissa Paulus, Jamie Allen

Suzanna Mathews, Jeff Chaves, Jan-Maeve Saggerson, Teresa Veazey

Strike a Pose WAM Fall Party

Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Sharon Pullins, Mandy Damron

Brooke Walter, Jeff Boone

Dante Dubose, Joana Lampe

Janelle King, Tom Scanlon


n September 30, Wichita Art Museum Contemporaries styled a fabulous fashion fête to celebrate the opening of Wichita Art Museum’s newest exhibition featuring the outstanding photography of the late Irving Penn. Strike a Pose!, WAM’s fall party, featured a runway extravaganza by Planet Hair, music by Gooding and a lipstick bar from MAC Cosmetics. Look for photos at

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VIP • Wichita Marriott

Tanja Harrison, Marya McCrae, Jane Murphy, Carolyn Harrison

Trish Miller, Ed Miller, Jay Keener, Larry Hickok

Wichita State University Foundation

President’s Club Celebration Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Bradley Tidemann, Ashton Tidemann

Dr. Deema DeSilva, Lynn Liao

Chuck Bair, Kelly Mirt

Aphrodite Campbell, Kevin Campbell


ichita State University Foundation said thank you to its lifetime members of the President‘s Club during its annual celebration at Wichita Marriott on October 10. Lifetime membership in WSU’s President’s Club is extended to donors contributing a minimum total of $100,000. Guests were invited to recognize this year’s New President’s Club Life Members and celebrate those who have made a significant contribution to support Wichita State University. Look for photos at

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VIP Profile

Andrew Gough


ndrew Gough owns one of the filled with lots of natural light and plenty By Amy Geiszler-Jones most popular coffee shops in of character with 1920s vintage tin ceilings, Photography by Aaron Patton Wichita – one that’s frequented by colored concrete floors and a large, wooden bar. The espresso and bakery work surfaces food celebrity Alton Brown whenever he’s will be custom-made rolled steel, while customers will dine and drink in town – and a wholesale coffee roasting business. But don’t expect him to whip up a macchiato with a pretty white design floating on the at handmade wood tabletops. top or show how to roast the beans. The new location also will provide more parking and a large His role at Reverie Coffee Roasters has been to provide patio space. By December, Gough will also open a coffee shop in the lower leadership and opportunities for his employees to excel at their jobs. level of the Garvey Center, a commercial and residential high-rise “I’ve given a lot of thought to my role,” said Gough – and he gives a lot of credit for the success of the business to his employees. building at 250 W. Douglas in downtown Wichita. “I have 25 employees who are all part of this in some fashion,” he said. Continued on Page 71 In just under five years, Reverie has established itself as a premier coffee shop for Wichitans and others to meet at and soak in some of the energy transforming the city and the Douglas Design District. The reputation of its quality roasted coffees has led to several of its wholesale customers happily promoting that they serve Reverieroasted coffee. Last year, Reverie won a bronze medal in the Golden Bean North America Roaster Competition that drew more than 700 competitors. In 2017, it was named an Emerging Business of the Year by the Kansas Small Business Development Center and it was a top 10 finalist for the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards. Now a new, larger space will give Gough and his employees an opportunity to expand the business. By the end of the year, Reverie Coffee Roasters is expected to open its much-anticipated location across from Wichita East High School on Douglas Avenue. Gough has already located his administrative offices into the farthest east portion of the new space. This summer, he opened a new venue space called Lyceum, which can accommodate up to 75 people. When the venue isn’t rented, it serves as a training and gathering space for Reverie’s employees. The Lyceum space is sandwiched between Reverie’s offices and what will be the coffee shop’s new bakery and restaurant, located on the corner of Douglas and Madison, at 2202 E. Douglas. Founders Bakery, overseen by executive chef Stephanie Hand, will sell items to enjoy on site or to take home. The coffee roasting portion of the business, led by head roaster Beau Harris, will operate out of a stand-alone building behind Founders/Reverie. In early 2018, Reverie will roll out a breakfast and lunch menu and include wine, beer Andrew Gough often contributes Reverie’s success to his talented and dedicated staff. Reverie is, front row, from left: Rebecca Prochaska, Kaitlyn and cocktails among its beverages. Wall. Middle: Katie Maher, Andrew Gough, Chris Wells. Back: Jason Hendry, With south-facing storefront windows, the new store will be Stephanie Hand, Tom Murillo, Oscar Pineda.

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VIP • Sedgwick County Park

Wendi Proctor holding Cassi, Emily Proctor holding Max, Scott Proctor holding Maggie, Mollie Proctor holding Honey

Andrew Lewis holding Ariel, Den Owen holding Oscar

Woofstock Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


he Kansas Humane Society held its largest annual fundraiser - Woofstock - at Sedgwick County Park on October 7. The popular pet-friendly event, now in its 21th year, draws around 10,000 dogs and people annually. There’s live music and plenty of vendors, while dogs can compete in agility and speed contests, costume competitions, play musical chairs and pose for photos. All proceeds from the event went directly to the Kansas Humane Society to provide care, compassion and a second chance for 16,000 pets in the Wichita community. Look for photos at

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Bloktoberfest Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

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Brad Martin, Hillary Martin

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or the second year in a row ICT Bloktoberfest took over downtown Wichita. The popular event, created by Crystal McDonald and Cody Lathrop of Xclusive Events, attracted thousands of people. Having outgrown its inagural location at Union Station, the free community event took place at the WaterWalk to accommodate more people, vendors and expanded two-day schedule. Look for photos at

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VIP • Loft 150

Chris Omlid, Sarah Briley, Hollie Dawson-Butler, Cindy Hand, Rey Silva, Chris Silva

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Tallgrass Film Festival

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Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ndependent filmmakers, directors, producers and fans of Wichita’s “stubbornly independent” Tallgrass Film Festival mingled at the festival’s VIP party on October 19 at Loft 150 in Wichita’s Old Town. Tallgrass Film Festival celebrated its 15th anniversary and featured nearly 190 of the best independent films from 34 countries, with screenings in nine venues – including a pop-up theater in a shipping container – from October 18 through 22. One of the top 50 recommended film festivals worldwide by MovieMaker Magazine, Tallgrass Film Festival also featured various other activities, including educational sessions, filmmaker discussions and awards events. Look for photos at

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fter a few false starts it finally feels like fall. As the leaves change it’s time to turn to autumn with a few new looks to add to your wardrobe staples. Fall is no longer a time to wear just the seasonal neutrals of black, shades of brown and orange and other hues of the forest. This year you’ll be seeing red, bright plaids, pink, winter white, stone, shades of yellow and the shine of metallic. Summer isn’t the only season to mix it up and have some fun. Fall for a mix of prints and plaids, faux or genuine leather, faux fur or an unexpected combination of colors in the new season. - Bonnie Bing On the model: Leggings are back for another season, but they’re not all basic styles. These leggings by ACI are ponte and denim with diagonal fringe, $103. A red and black ombre jacket of buttery soft Italian leather, by M&R, $825. Shoulder handbag of leather by Bella by Sharie is color blocked, $157. All at GM Clotheshorse.

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Top left: When the temperature drops, get cozy in a faux fur hoodie by Free People, $228, worn over the always handy black turtleneck by Michael Stars, $88, and the must-have skinny jeans, by Mother, faux suede, $200. All at Pink Saloon. Top right: If you’re mad for plaid, you’ll enjoy fall and winter. This outfit, all by Rag & Bone, combines a red plaid jacket of richly woven wool and cotton blend, $1,595. Plaid cotton skirt, $395, and white cotton T-shirt with logo, $95. Over-the-knee black suede boots with stud details, also by Rag & Bone, $795. All at Lyndon’s. Left: Jeans come in all shapes this fall. These are flared denim by Citizen of Humanity, $258. The trendy cropped, boxy sweater with flared sleeves is acrylic, by Ellison, $72. Gold metallic shoes by Free People, $148. Earrings by Natalie B., $82, and long necklace by Stix and Stones, $78. All at Pink Saloon.

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An eye-catching mustard and black polyester coat by Heydori, $245, tops black polyester and spandex black skinny pants by Cartise, $145 and black turtleneck by Judy P., $89. Earrings of black hematite and crystals, $145, by Yolanda Collection. All from GM Clotheshorse

She Means Business

Crystal McDonald By Scott Elpers - Photography by Aaron Patton


t might seem like Wichita’s food truck scene has reached its Golden Age, but for Crystal McDonald it’s been a family business for nearly three decades. “My brother and I grew up in our parents’ food truck. It was called a concession trailer then, but I remember the day my dad brought it home,” McDonald said. “You name it, I guarantee we sold it out of that truck. My parents were never afraid to try new things. Our entrepreneurial spirit came from them.” That truck, now 25 years old, is one of four in a fleet operated by McDonald and her brother Cody Lathrop. Nearly ten years ago, McDonald and Lathrop started Xclusive Event Services, a mobile bartending and event staffing and planning business. In the past five years, Xclusive has exploded into a fulltime business for the two siblings. “We saw a need in the market,” McDonald said. “We have never bartended, but we knew how to run a business and we new service. We knew how to take care of people.” McDonald isn’t exaggerating when she said they knew how to operate a successful business. Xclusive was named Wichita’s top small business by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2016. Xclusive caters parties, weddings, reunions and a growing list of large-scale events. The mobile bartending service operates out of the bright green truck. The Drink Local truck supplies local beers, teas and coffees, while ICT Fried offers the typical fare you’d expect at a large, outdoor event. The Tin Shaker, their new craft cocktail truck, was added this year. “I never thought Xclusive would reach this level. I never imagined we’d be big enough that we have a large staff doing hundreds of events a year,” McDonald said. “I always thought it would be me and my brother bartending on the weekend for fun.” Then there’s Bloktoberfest, an event cooked up by McDonald and Lathrop. The event quickly outgrew its space at Union Station in its inaugural year last fall. Bloktoberfest expanded to two days and moved to WaterWalk to accommodate a much larger crowd last month. “Wichita had an Oktoberfest festival. We loved it as kids,” McDonald said. “We wanted to have our own event and we thought this was one thing Wichita lacked. It’s great to see Wichita support an event like that.”


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Marjorie Anderson, Susan Anderson, Joleen Claassen

Athleta Grand Opening Celebration Cara Kliewer, Katie Siegrist

Lisa Haggard, Nicole Brant

Dave Wilkerson, Emily Chesser

Kaylee Laham, Jasmine Ingalsbe

Paige Fooshee, Lane Do

Amy Waliczek, Kasey Parsons-Ochs


thleta grand opening attracted several hundred people to an evening celebration September 28 at Bradley Fair. The retailer, which locally is managed by Moriah Birkle, specializes in offering a wide variety of clothing designed for active girls and women from 8 to 80. A portion of the sales from the opening event went to benefit Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas organization. Athleta, say its managers and owners, is more than another clothing store. It also serves as inspiration to empower girls and women be active, healthy and confident. The company now has more than 130 stores nationwide, including the 3,000-square-foot location in Wichita. Look for photos at

Matthew McClure, Kara McKissick

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VIP • Heartspring

Steve Janzing, Laurie Janzing, Kathy Janzing, Bryan Janzing

Ruth Holland, Molly Lyon, Emily Holland, Susan Todd, Sydney Holland

Pedalfest Story & Photography by Whitney Pulen


eartspring’s 14th annual Pedalfest bike ride was held on August 26. The event featured multiple routes including 100K, 50K, and 25K distance rides, as well as a new 60K gravel ride and a 5K family ride. All routes included supply and gear stops for riders to rest and rehydrate. After the morning ride, all participants were invited to a celebration for lunch, beverages, music and activities. Funds raised through PedalFest help support Heartspring’s Pediatric Services program. This provides local special needs children with the opportunities to receive the services and therapy needed to lead a more independent life. More than $100,000 was raised during this year’s ride. Look for photos at

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Pete Sheffield, Terry Spear, Chris Connell

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Abbie Hammer, Susan Hammer

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CEO Spotlight Jennifer Ray 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.


ennifer Ray just wanted to open a quiet little neighborhood bar. “And then this happened,” she said, as she drank a midmorning coffee in a booth overlooking the patio of the Monarch, her popular bar and restaurant in Wichita’s historic Delano district. It happened fast – with success coming through a mix of serendipity and a lot of hard work. Earlier this year, Ray’s nearly 5-yearold business earned the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award. Her humility when accepting the award was genuine, the kind that comes from a homegrown product who revels in her city’s entrepreneurship and creativity and has found a way to immerse herself in it and advance it. Located at the physical entrance into one of Wichita’s most storied, historic neighborhoods, the Monarch has become a hot spot for the lunch crowd, an after-work gathering spot for friends, a

happening place on the weekend and perhaps the only bar in Wichita to offer more than 200 varieties of bourbons – so many that the listing is provided to customers in a multipage, hardbound “bourbon book.” As a college student at Wichita State University, Ray started working at Emerson Biggin’s at Old Town and eventually became its general manager. During that time she learned important lessons, some of them about herself and some about running a business. She’d gone to college, thinking she’d be a teacher, but she kept changing majors – criminal justice, then marketing, then business. “I was trying hard to pound that round peg into a square hole,” she said, of trying to figure out what career path would be for her. But she has kept learning, from working for others and networking with several other successful women entrepreneurs and business leaders in Wichita, like The Anchor’s Shane Gross, Xclusive Events’ Crystal McDonald, The Public’s Brooke Russell and the House of Schwan’s Pam Irish. In late 2012, a better-act-fast opportunity came up to locate in Continued on Page 69

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VIP • Union Station

Nathan Regan, Alicia Holloway, Anne Ratzlaff, Jeff Lucas

Brice Malloy, Brad Yaeger, Mike Suellentrop, Mark Moss


Business Your Way Mixer Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley


Sylvester Thompson, Teresa Wallweber

Jeff Jones, Chrissy Robben

Coleen Suffield, Gail Foley

Lee Gray, Terry Lewis

ichita Independent Business Association held its Business Your Way Mixer, a bi-monthly networking event, on the plaza at Union Station in downtown Wichita on September 19. Chad Stafford, president of Occidental Management and 2017 WIBA Board Chairman, conducted a tour of all three floors of the newly-renovated Union Station, which is already filling with tenants. Sponsors for the event were Be Amazed Carpet Cleaning & Services and Evans Building Company. Look for photos at

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Brian Campbell, Elaine Swart-Campbell

Bret Clark, Chad Stafford


Business Your Way Mixer

Andrea Stevenson, Robert Miller, Carlisle Williams, Marcy Sharp

Paul Blissett, Michael Madden

Erin Koehn, Dr. Rob Koehn

Ellie Keppy, Kelsey Benton, Geneva Benton

Tim Measles, Lee Gray, Laura Gossman

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VIP • Wichita Boathouse

National Association of Women Business Owners

Buisiness Blast Story & Photography by Lisa-Marie A. Pulley

Major Jeff Longwell, Susan Peters, Cindy Carnahan, Jeff Fluhr


he National Association of Women Business Owners Wichita Area hosted a Why I love ICT Business Blast on September 7 at the Wichita Boathouse. The speaker panel featured Mayor Jeff Longwell, Jeff Fluhr and Cindy Carnahan. The panel was led by Susan Peters, an award-winning former news anchor. A silent auction and a raffle charity auction were held to benefit Carpenter Place, a faith-based children’s home providing children and families in crisis with support and skills to overcome challenging life situations. Look for photos at

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ersus: A Live Art Battle, a fundraiser benefiting the educational mission of Mark Arts, attracted a crowd of about 300 people on September 22. The third annual event featured six artists at a time competing in a 20-minute round. There were 12 artists in all. Audience members then vote for their favorite in each of two rounds, and then the top two artists vie to become the People’s Choice Champion. The event winner receives a solo exhibition during Mark Arts’ 2017-18 exhibition calendar and the honor of being called the Versus: A Live Art Battle 2017 Champion. Mark Arts officials say that being selected to participate in Versus “provides a unique platform for artists to increase their exposure and gain professional experience.” Look for photos at

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VIP • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport

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Goodwill Industries

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Annual Celebration


riends and supporters of Goodwill Industries of Kansas gathered with their clients and staff on October 12 for the organization’s annual celebration dinner. This year marks 60 years of service for Goodwill. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport, the event attracted a crowd that celebrated the lives changed in communities across Kansas. The evening recognized outstanding program participants, board members, and staff and community leaders for their accomplishments. The guest speaker was Ron “Gus” Gustafson. A Nebraska native, Gustafson lost his arm and shoulder in a farming accident. He turned that personal tragedy into triumph. He had a humorous, heart-touching message that was unforgettable. Tom Dondlinger, chairman of Goodwill’s board, conducted the annual meeting. Emily Compton, president and CEO of Goodwill, headed the awards presentation. Featured honorees were Dontrae Brooks, Ashley Higgins and Abby Schofield. Look for photos at

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VIP Professional Ziggy’s Pizza


couple of brothers start a pizza place in a small building and make it big in Wichita. It almost sounds like the origin story of Frank and Dan Carney starting in 1958 what would become the international Pizza Hut chain, but this one takes place a half-century later and has a unique flavor all its own. “We get that a lot – the comparison to the Carneys,” said Ryan Verbeckmoes who along with his brother Jamie started Ziggy’s in 2012 in a tiny space with less than 10 tables in College Hill’s Clifton Square. It quickly became a favorite Wichita eatery, known for making rectangular-shaped pizzas. In the five years since, the brothers added more space to their original Clifton

By Amy Geiszler-Jones Photography by Madison Ham

Square store and opened a second location this past summer at The Collective in northeast Wichita near the K-96 and 21st Street intersection. Their sister, Kristi, and her husband, Jonathan Fenwick, joined them to open the second store. A lot of dough is made fresh every day at the two stores to create Ziggy’s 9-by13-inch pizzas, along with two of their bestselling appetizers – homemade pizza rolls called Ziggy Bites and cheesy garlic bread. Jamie estimates that about 200 pizzas are sold at each location every day between Monday and Wednesday and about 350 at each store every day between Thursday and Saturday. As far as the Ziggy Bites introduced in 2016: “We can’t make them fast enough,” he said. Wings are another best-selling appetizer, and the stores, which have full-service bars and are known for their beer selection, also serve oven-toasted sandwiches. It starts with family There’s a lot about Ziggy’s that relates to family, from its owners to its workers and its customers.

The shape of Ziggy’s pizzas, described once in The Wichita Eagle as “curiously rectangular,” is a nod to the homemade pizzas mom Becky Verbeckmoes used to make for her husband and four kids. Jamie and Ryan even started with her pizza dough recipe and “changed things to mass produce it,” said Ryan. Dad Joe Verbeckmoes, who owns a commercial real estate business, has helped them find the spaces for their stores. Before opening Ziggy’s, Jamie had worked in his dad’s business, as did his sister, Kristi, who worked on marketing, signage and other aspects of Ziggy’s before she and her husband decided to join the brothers in the business full time this Continued on Page 73

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he third floor ballroom at Wichita State University’s Rhatigan Student Center was transformed into a western cocktail party for Horseshoe Hoedown on October 14. Each year, the hoedown is the largest annual fundraiser to support Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides therapeutic horseback riding to those with cognitive and physical disabilities. Look for photos at

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rea college communications students will benefit from money raised September 13 during the Wichita Professional Communicators annual networking mixer and fundraiser. The event, themed Communication, Chardonnay and Crudites, was held in the owners lounge of Walser Automotive Group’s Audi Wichita facility. Every year, WPC awards a $2,000 scholarship to a student studying in the communications field at either Wichita State University, Newman University, Friends University or Butler Community College. In addition to funds generated by the mixer’s silent auction, money is raised throughout the year during activities at monthly WPC programs. WPC is a local affiliate of Kansas Professional Communicators and NFPW. Look for photos at

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VIP Interview Kansas Food Bank By MeLinda Schnyder programs to assist seniors in rural counties, but otherwise the organization’s role is to collect and distribute food to support others’ programs, like Food 4 Kids, which sends chronically hungry students home for the weekend with a backpack full of kid-friendly, nutritious food. Food from the Kansas Food Bank replaced more than 12 million missing meals for Kansans last year, between its own programs and partnering with food pantries, meal service programs and schools.

Brian Walker, President and CEO of Kansas Food Bank


housands of Kansans do not have the financial resources to purchase food to take care of their household. It could be a senior citizen who has to choose between paying for medication or food, a working single mother whose utility bill doesn’t leave enough money to buy groceries or a child who has nothing to eat on the weekends when he can’t go to the school cafeteria. “Hunger affects us all. It could be your neighbor, a child in your son’s or daughter’s class, even a co-worker. For a lot of folks, it is as close as a medical expense, a car breakdown or any unexpected bill,” said Brian Walker, president and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. “With the support of the community, we are here to help our hungry neighbors meet their food needs. Food Bank donors give from their hearts. They understand that food is a necessity for everyone.” Walker has been with the non-profit, which is privately funded and does not receive federal or United Way funds, for 21 of its 33 years in operation. The Kansas Food Bank is headquartered in Wichita but provides food to 85 counties across the state. In the past few years, the Kansas Food Bank has started two

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VIP: How did the Kansas Food Bank start in Wichita? BW: Lionel Alfred was the man with the vision to make the food bank happen in 1984. He was with Boeing Wichita and knew that something needed to be done to help those affected by the downturn in the aircraft industry. He brought together business leaders, faith-based leaders and local government. They hired Virginia White, who was tasked with starting this thing called a “food bank” from the ground up to bring the concept to fruition. VIP: Why is the food bank needed today? BW: One in seven Kansans experiences hunger. That is about 14 percent of the state’s population. Last year alone we provided over 12 million missing meals. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and compassionate hunger care whenever and wherever it is needed to safeguard the health, well-being and productivity of food-insecure Kansas families and their children, as well as senior citizens, the homeless and the chronically ill and impoverished among us. The food bank’s role is to serve as the main hub for distribution for non-profit agencies that provide hunger relief. To put it simply, we are the body of food and our partner agencies are the arms that put the food in the hands of our hungry neighbors in need. VIP: Explain how you work throughout the state.

BW: The Kansas Food Bank works with over 200 partner agencies that include food pantries, congregate meal programs and shelters across our 85-county service area (basically the entire state except the upper northeast corner that is covered by our sister food banks). Agencies rely on us to provide them with no-cost and low-cost food options that they in turn are able to provide to hungry neighbors across the state. Monthly, we run 24 routes across the state delivering to our agency partners and hunger care affiliates. As an example, in Wichita we work with many food pantries: Bread of Life, United Methodist Open Door, Catholic Charities Our Daily Bread, Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church, Salvation Army and more. These agencies place orders with us and come in weekly to pick up perishable and nonperishable items that they in turn pack into food bags and boxes for households to take home. We also work with The Lord’s Diner and assist them with product that is then prepared into hot meals for their locations and food trucks. We provide shelters, such as Union Rescue Mission, St. Anthony Family Shelter and others, with food items that they are able to serve their residents with. So as you can see, a gift to the food bank turns into a gift that reaches far beyond our doors. VIP: What type of food do you provide? BW: Many times when people think of food pantries, things like cans of green beans, boxes of mac and cheese and cans of tuna come to mind. We do so much more than that. We distribute all sorts of food, from perishable fresh items to frozen meats and breads to nonperishable boxes and canned items. A few years ago, we made the commitment to provide more fresh, healthy items. Today we distribute over 2 million pounds of fresh produce a year. We have freezer space to accommodate 464 pallets of product, and we have frozen meat and bread that is always available to our partner agencies.

As food banking has evolved so have the items we are able to distribute. Our agency partners take pride in being able to provide families with full meals that can be taken home and prepared. With many households seeking food assistance, it is imperative we are able to do more than just emergency assistance. VIP: Where do you get the food that you distribute? BW: Food we get comes from a variety of locations: from national donations to local food drives and retailers, and we purchase a lot of our food. The Kansas Food Bank is a member of Feeding America network, a membership network of 200 food banks across the country that work together to provide missing meals to food insecure households. Being a part of this membership network enables the Kansas Food Bank to have access to food from national donors all across the country. The beauty of our network is that the food bank is a local organization with all of its assets owned local and decisions on how we operate are made locally by our board of directors. We have food drives that help supplement what goes out to our agencies. The largest one-day food drive happens in May with the National Association of Letter Carriers. We will easily pull in over 100,000 pounds of food just in Wichita that day alone. And right now as people are gearing up for the holidays, we have lots of local businesses and groups that collect food for us. Every box, every can makes a difference. With our buying power we can purchase more food on the dollar than one can purchase retail. We work with other food banks such as the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help purchase in bulk to cut costs. Daily our trucks head out to retailers around the city to “rescue” food that cannot be sold, yet is still consumable. The retail sector has thousands of pounds of product that cannot be sold yet is still good. Through this food recovery program, we picked up 2.8 million pounds of food last year that would have otherwise been destroyed. VIP: What is the size of your organization? BW: We have 14 board members and we have a very lean organization when it comes to staffing. At our warehouse here in Wichita we have a total of 23 employees, 20 full time and three part time. Volunteers provide enough hours annually to equate to 17 full-time employees. We could not do what we do without our wonderful volunteers. VIP: How are you funded? BW: We are privately funded. We do not receive any federal funding or United Way funds. We write grants and submit many corporate proposals. We have a robust direct mail program, and we have many donors who have pledged to give monthly. We do not put on any events like golf tournaments, walks or galas, however there are events that are put on for the food bank. Empty Bowls, which just wrapped up with the Chili CookOff on Oct. 28 at Wichita State University, is one of those events. VIP: How can readers support the Kansas Food Bank? BW: Readers can support the food bank monetarily by simply mailing a check to us at Kansas Food Bank, 1919 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67211 or through a secure online donation at

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s a Christmas tree farm, Prairie Pines is in the business of selling trees, but just a few years after selling his first tree in 1981, owner Bob Scott realized he wanted do much more than supply trees to Wichitans. “The best thing we offer is a place to get away from the hectic pace of life,” Scott said. “We encourage people to forget all the pressure for a moment, have a good time, breathe in the fresh air and smell the trees.”




By MeLinda Schnyder In the spirit of the season, Scott and his family turn the 20-acre tree farm into an old-fashioned Christmas experience. “We sell a lot more fun than we do trees,” Scott said. “We get many people who, while they may not buy a tree, come for the experience and usually buy something.” Prairie Pines kicks off the season at 9 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving with Santa Claus making an elaborate entrance at 11 a.m. Past years have had Santa arriving by train, horse-drawn wagon, covered wagon and Santa has even parachuted out of a airplane. “Plans are still being made for Santa’s 2017 arrival,” said Scott, adding that readers will have to watch the website,, for his method of arrival this year. The Prairie Pines “experience” centers around the rustic log barn that Scott built in 1983. It becomes the Christmas Shop, filled with fresh trees decorated with ornaments for sale. Fresh wreaths are made each weekend and decorated with ribbons and treasures. The team also can customize a wreath while you shop, and Scott reminds visitors to shop early for the best selection. You’ll find Scott mingling with guests around the barn and in the concession building, where you can also find the music department from Maize High School selling cookies and hot chocolate. A free children’s train runs on the

weekends, pulled by a small tractor, and horsedrawn and tractor-drawn hayracks are available to take visitors to the fields to choose a tree. The horses are available during select weekend hours. Also on the weekends, children can visit with Santa in his 100-year-old sleigh while families take a quick snapshot with their cameras. There is no charge to visit with Santa, though donations to his reindeer food fund are accepted. Two types of trees are available at Prairie Pines: cut-your-own Virginia pine trees grown on the farm or pre-cut Fraser fir and Concolor fir trees that Scott procures from farms in North Carolina and Michigan. Typically, Scott sells his Kansas-grown choose-and-cut trees by the foot but this year he is charging $69 for any size tree the customer cuts, from 4-feet-tall to 10-feet-tall, though most will average 7 feet. He currently has about 10,000 trees growing on 20 acres of the farm. Virginia pine trees make excellent Christmas trees because they have a lovely citrus scent, traditional shape and their stout and woody branches can hold a variety of ornaments. The Fraser fir, which doesn’t grow in Kansas but is the most popular tree across the country as a Christmas tree, also has a pleasant scent as well as excellent form and needle retention. Its branches turn slightly upward to create a beautiful shape. The firs are brought in just before the season opening and carefully cared for to ensure the freshest tree possible. Continued on Page 71

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Randall Ensley, Kay Finn, Don Sanford

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Bob Finn, Rick Anderson

Marc Colcord, Eric Litwiller

Story & Photography by Amy Geiszler-Jones


ytton’s Appliance Showroom held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly remodeled showroom and also celebrated being named the BrandSource Great Plains Region Dealer of the Year on October 3. Started by Bob Lytton in 1955, the store has been owned by Bob and Kay Finn since 1999. Look for photos at

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VIP • The Wichita Eagle

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ocal business owners celebrated Wichita’s best at The Wichita’s Eagle Readers’ Choice awards celebration on October 19. Winners in more than 175 different catagories ranging from Best Local Coffee Shop to Best Food Truck - received a plaque. Each year, The Wichita Eagle Readers’ Choice is a compilation of the Winners and Favorite Businesses brought to you by the readers of The Wichita Eagle and Look for photos at

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My Favorite Space Marty Miller Story by Bonnie Bing Photography by Scott Elpers


s executive director of Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, Marty Miller’s office is surrounded by a beautiful landscape. But that doesn’t mean he gets to meander through the gardens every day. When he came bounding through the front door of his ranch style home Marty headed straight for a chair that happens to be a recliner. “I sit in lots of places, but this is definitely a favorite,” he said. Marty says one of the reasons he likes the chair he chose in the spacious living room is the light coming through a big picture window. If the front door is open he can see what’s going on in front of the house. “And most of the time my laptop is right here handy. When the weather is nice I like to sit outdoors too,” he said looking out at the patio. After what he said had been a hectic day he still looked ready for business in his white shirt and floral tie. He didn’t loosen his tie as most men do when they get home, but as we visited he relaxed into the comfy chair. He was quick to sing the praises of Botanica, where he’s worked for 10 years. “It’s not a one-person thing, it’s the staff, the donors and, of course, the amazing volunteers,” he said. “It’s a community.” Cindy, his wife of seven years, sits on the opposite side of the room in an oversized chair with an ottoman. When the Millers take time off, they love to travel, many times visiting gardens in other cities. They go fishing and camping, and enjoy spending time with members of their blended families. Together they have 11 grandchildren. Marty said they’ve looked at houses for sale from time to time. “But we come home and say, ‘we like this better than any we looked at,’ ” Marty said. “You have to have an away place, a place to recharge and think, and home is where you do that,” he said.

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he ALS Association Mid-America Chapter held its annual Walk to Defeat ALS at The Waterfront on the morning of September 23. Teams and individuals gathered to raise money to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Walk to Defeat ALS is the organization’s largest annual event, which raises funds which allow local chapters to sustain care services and support research for much of the next year. The ALS Association surpassed its goal by raising more than $212,000. Look for photos at

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ogs and their owners were welcomed at the monthly BarkAID mixer at Aloft Hotel on August 31. The event featured special guest and BarkAID founder Patrick Lomantini, along with puppies up for adoption from the local pet rescue Beauties & Beasts. Lomantini, owner of Lomantini the Salon, founded BarkAID in 2010 to raise funds and awareness for homeless animals across the country. Aloft Hotel, which opened earlier in 2017 in Wichita, hosts a BarkAID mixer and social, with specially themed cocktails, a vendor showcase and adoptable pets, the last Thursday of each month from 4 to 8 p.m. at its WXYZ Bar. Look for photos at

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VIP Profile: Andrew Gough Continued from Page 14 Gough’s holdings also include Principal Coffee Equipment Solutions, which sells equipment ranging from commercial brewers to espresso machines to grinders and provides service solutions for Reverie’s wholesale roasted coffee customers. “We’ve grown this company only because of our people,” he said, as he started listing titles and names of some of his employees. With the expansion of Reverie, Gough estimates that his workforce will almost double. Gough and his wife, Katie, who recently left her job with USD 259 Wichita to work for the company full time, opened Reverie in 2013 at 2611 E. Douglas. Their focus was to provide specialty-grade coffees and good experiences to its customers, and roast coffee not only for their own business, but for other coffee shops, restaurants, businesses and even churches. Rather than relying on trends and research done by others in the industry, Gough’s team does its own research and development to ensure Reverie provides quality products. That also helps Reverie differentiate itself from others in the coffee industry. With a background in the financial services industry, Gough has solid business acumen. He understands the value of creating and executing a business plan, of developing core values to help employees understand expectations, of creating a mission and a vision for each of part of Reverie’s operations and how to measure success. Courtesy is at the core of the cafe’s mission and at the top of the list of Reverie’s 10 core values, Gough noted. “Making people happier when they leave than when they walked in is a priority,” Gough said.

Prairie Pines Continued from Page 53 “You can buy a less expensive tree elsewhere, but you can’t get the atmosphere we offer,” Scott said. Prairie Pines opens for the Christmas season at 9 a.m. the Friday after Thanksgiving. They are open from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The final day to purchase a tree will be Sunday, Dec. 17, or later by appointment only. “One of the most satisfying aspects of this is that after approximately 40 years of selling trees at the farm, we have second and third generations coming out saying, ‘I started coming out as a child and now I have my grandchild here,’” Scott said. It’s a family affair for the Scotts, too. Scott, now 80 years old, gets help from his daughter-in-law, who runs the Christmas Shop, and his son, who operates Prairie Pines Playhouse, a year-round murder mystery dinner theater that features a holiday-themed show each winter. This year’s show is “The Maltese Partridge (In a Pear Tree)” running Nov. 17 through Dec. 23 ( The theater is set in the original tractor barn that has seen several renovations and additions since the theater started in 2004. In 2016, they added three tiers of seating for better viewing. “We’re proprietors of fun,” Scott said. “Prairie Pines is an old-fashioned Christmas, a beautiful family outing where Christmas memories begin.”


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Diana Thomi is a resident of Wichita, and is cofounder of Victory in the Valley, Inc. where she currently serves as President and Executive Director to the truly unique organization which helps provide support and encouragement to cancer patients and their families. She is a graduate of Wesley School of Nursing, and received a Bachelor’s degree from Grace University. She has previously held various nursing positions at Wesley Medical Center, including Assistant Head Nurse of Oncology, Head Nurse of Endoscopy, and served on the faculty of Wesley School of Nursing. Since its inception, Diana has helped Victory in the Valley grow far beyond its fundamental framework as a simple, yet vitally important emotional and spiritual cancer support organization. Its services now include: a oneto-one support program; Wig Shop; Emergency Medical (Pain & Nausea Prescription) Fund; Lodging Assistance; Transportation Program; Canine Friends Program; Camp Victory Women’s Weekend & Kids & Family support program for kids with cancer; Educational Programs; and Cancer Support Groups in Wichita and throughout Kansas. Diana has received numerous awards throughout her professional career. In 1991, the Victory in the Valley Staff and Volunteers were appointed the 471st “Daily Point of Light” by President Bush; and in 1996 she was 1 of 10 out of 500 Kansas nurses to receive the prestigious “Nursing; Heart of Healthcare” Award from the University Of Kansas School Of Nursing. Diana’s experiences as a registered nurse and Executive Director of Victory in the Valley, Inc. have provided her with the unique ability to comfort others with compassion and empathy as well as a liberal dose of humor in appropriate moments. Diana truly is an Everything Woman!

VIP Professional Ziggy's Pizza Continued from Page 44 year. Their parents are also part-owners. For the past three years, Ziggy’s has held a charity golf tournament to benefit the Kansas Eye Bank, which is led by the Verbeckmoeses oldest brother, Jason, who serves as the nonprofit’s president and CEO. Cousin Abby Bachrodt, who worked at the original Ziggy’s, now runs the front-of-the-house staff at the second location. General manager David Weldon and his sister, Barb Burleson, are running the Clifton Square store while the Verbeckmoeses focus their attention on establishing the second store. “It’s truly a family business,” said Ryan. They form lasting ties with their employees, they said. Some who worked at Ziggy’s during their high school year come back during college breaks to pick up a few shifts. Among their young employees are kids Jamie used to coach on a sixth-grade basketball team. It’s not unusual for families of employees, as well as Verbeckmoes relatives, to frequent the restaurant. The four Verbeckmoes siblings grew up in a close-knit, competitive family, with about 15 months separating each successive kid. “We all were so close and we still are,” noted Ryan. “We still like to go do things together. We go to Shocker games and play on a softball team together.” Pizza in their past and future As the two youngest siblings, Ryan and Jamie would talk about running a business together. They went off to college – Ryan to Wichita State and Jamie to Kansas State University – and got into other careers. Jamie worked for his dad, while Ryan worked with his uncle, who was director of operations for Pizza Huts in Oklahoma. Their grandfather, Herm Bachrodt, was one of the early franchisees of Pizza Huts in Wichita. Ryan returned to Wichita little a more than six years ago and the sports-loving brothers went on a trip to Chicago to take in a Cubs game and enjoy some Chicago-style pizza. “But we had our own vision of pizza,” Ryan said. With Jamie’s background in business and Ryan’s in food service, they brought that vision to reality, starting with just eight tables in what had been a former restaurant space in Clifton Square at 3700 E. Douglas. The original location nearly doubled its seating capacity with an expansion in 2014. They started their fifth year in business with the announcement that they’d expand eastward with a second store. Located at 12115 E. 21st St. N., the east store is 3,000 square feet. While both stores have patio seating and similar indoor seating capacity, the larger footprint at the second location provides a more open concept feel. Rumors have circulated for some time about an eventual Riverside location. “We’re always discussing future plans,” said Jamie, about any further expansion, “but it took five-and-a-half years to open a second store.” Ziggy’s is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, and until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturdays.

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#WichitaFlag Flag fever is still running rampant in Wichita, often presenting itself in the artwork found in the city. There are now more than 30 murals that incorporate the flag or flag elements. These six murals were all installed in September. You can find a list of all Wichita flag murals at Follow @WichitaFlag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, then post your own flag photos using #WichitaFlag. The @WichitaFlag accounts are managed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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Artist Elizabeth Owens and several friends painted this beautiful masterpiece at Everyday Beaut in Clifton Square. Photo from @elisabethowensict.

Small business owner and artist Geno Talkington installed this mural in hopes that more artwork would come west of the Arkansas River. Find this mural and his storefront at Wichita Clothing Company & Screen Printing.

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