With a restaurant relocating in and the expansion of two existing businesses, southwest Topeka’s Brookwood Purchasing Centre has some noteworthy changes in retail outlet.
Brookwood, which commenced extra than 60 yrs ago as a one setting up, has grown into a strip mall that includes shut to three dozen firms. And two of those people enterprises — Linen Tree & Co., at 2841 S.W. 29th, and SoulFire Nutrition, just up coming door — are shaking matters up this spring.
In addition, The Burger Stand, which was previously situated in Topeka’s College or university Hill community, is transferring into the Brookwood cafe place at 2833 S.W. 29th. That storefront has been residence in the previous to Boss Hawg’s Barbeque & Catering Co., Pigskin’s Sports activities Bar and, most not long ago, 4 Men Bar & Grill.
“We commenced working with The Robb Business, and they have been really excellent. They very own Brookwood,” said Joanna Becker, The Burger Stand’s common supervisor. “So it’s supporting an additional area business enterprise, getting surrounded by other neighborhood companies. We come to feel seriously very good about being more than right here.”
According to Becker, the determination to relocate Topeka’s Burger Stand “arrived on pretty immediately.”
“We actually beloved our School Hill spot,” she stated. “We couldn’t get it to function out there.”
She would not say why The Burger Stand couldn’t make the old spot perform, but she noted that immediately after hunting at various opportunity places, the rapidly-relaxed burger joint found a home at Brookwood.
“We’re likely to deliver a ton of the exact stuff in excess of,” Becker claimed. “We are hoping for about 30 (beer) faucets suitable now. We are heading to see what we can in good shape in about below.”
Becker hopes to have some of the very same video games that were existing at the Faculty Hill area. She also expects the new location to have two bars, an outside patio place and multiple areas for private reservations.
“It can be likely to be actually remarkable,” she stated. “It really is likely to be a diverse aesthetic a small little bit. … We’re likely for a lot more color. We are going for a minor little bit bolder in excess of listed here.”
The Burger Stand’s menu will not improve a lot, Becker added. And she hopes to entice a lot of the exact same clientele, alongside with some new people.
“Our actual demographic, I believe, was usually (ages) 35 to 55,” Becker explained. “So we consider it’s going to be a great deal more obtainable for individuals. We’ll have bigger parking over below.”
Renovations at the new place are underway. Becker explained the aim is to open up for takeout and shipping and delivery March 3.
“And then May well 1 is when we hope to be open up for dine-in,” she said. “Cross your fingers.”
The Topeka Funds-Journal reached out to 4 Guys Bar & Grill operator Viet Lam about the destiny of that restaurant, as 4 Guys’ web page indicates the eatery is shut temporarily. On the other hand, multiple attempts to speak to Lam were unsuccessful.
Expansions on the horizon for Linen Tree, SoulFire
May perhaps 1 really should be a massive date, however — not just for The Burger Stand but for Linen Tree & Co. and SoulFire Nourishment, as well.
That is when Linen Tree owner Kelly Schuster hopes to unveil the expanded shop. SoulFire proprietor Evie Blanco said she hopes to be wholly moved into her new storefront by then, far too.
SoulFire — a overall health and wellness bar regarded for its protein shakes, coffees and teas — plans to shift four doors down from its present spot, Blanco reported, and will be positioned among Wheatland Antique Mall and Top Town Tech.
“It truly is likely to be a brand name new house,” Blanco mentioned. “It’s acquiring absolutely demoed, and the Robbs have labored with us to make it pretty individualized to what we wished. We are tremendous grateful for that.”
In accordance to Blanco, the new place will attribute a huge bar, some soft seating locations, loads of televisions and room for her and her crew to host nutrition education workshops.
“We are all about education and learning. We are not just about, ‘Drink these shakes and teas,'” Blanco reported. “We communicate about carbohydrates and proteins and fibers and fat and how to grocery shop and how to go through nutrition labels and how to direct a nutritious, lively life-style.”
She considers SoulFire Nutrition, which to start with opened in October 2018, a group “wellbeing hub” of types. And the new spot should really enable SoulFire have on its mission, she explained, of spreading like, positivity and building community.
Lately, SoulFire has been fulfilling that mission via curbside pickup only, but Blanco expects to get started giving wander-in provider all over again in March.
According to Blanco, SoulFire’s move is a thing she has been discussing with the house owners of Brookwood due to the fact July.
“We have set up a base the place now is the proper time to (make the transfer),” she explained. “We have been client, and the opportunity introduced by itself. And it was like, ‘Let’s go.’ “
Blanco mentioned she would not hope to have to near as they changeover to the new place. At the time there, she hopes to welcome a pair much more workforce to the workforce.
SoulFire’s go, while, seriously came about because of Schuster’s wish to extend Linen Tree.
According to Schuster, increasing the store has been on her intellect considering that she acquired the put from its previous owner in 2018 — and she isn’t really allowing the coronavirus pandemic sluggish her down.
“Monetarily, we took a hit from COVID. I consider each individual small company has,” she said. “So I know some folks are like, ‘Wow, this is kind of a insane time to be growing.’ But it is anything I’ve often preferred to do.”
Due to the fact Schuster’s track record is in decorating and design and style, she wants to offer far more residence decor goods at the Linen Tree, but that just just isn’t possible with the total of area she has now.
“We just do not have space to showcase every little thing that I want to bring in,” she reported. “So I understood ideal absent that I wished to grow. I looked at various areas about town, but it eventually came down to I seriously required to continue to be in Brookwood. This keep has been in this article for a extended time.”
The Linen Tree ideas to extend east into the storefront occupied by SoulFire, in essence doubling Linen Tree’s house.
“We are going to be taking out a wall on the primary degree and then the wall up in the loft,” Schuster explained.
And she acknowledged the coordination that experienced to happen among Brookwood retail store house owners to make this sort of variations attainable.
“It finished up operating out wonderful for (SoulFire), as effectively. As considerably as the cafe, Burger Stand, coming in — we are all energized about that,” Schuster stated. “So it included a ton of setting up amongst all of us to make it function. We fulfilled with Brady and Becky — Brady Robb and Becky Dickinson — who possess the procuring center. They were being extremely beneficial in employing all of the variations, as effectively.”
The enlargement will allow Schuster to increase the store’s home decor offerings, which is “kind of the aim of the enlargement,” she claimed. But it ought to also allow her to expand Linen Tree’s wedding day and child inventories and start out marketing some new brands.
“We are likely to insert a marriage ceremony registry and broaden all those solutions,” Schuster reported. “And then we also have a baby division that retains rising by the day. I don’t have grandkids nonetheless so I like buying for the child department. … So we’ll have a child registry, also.”
This kind of an raise in inventory and companies suggests Schuster will probably seek the services of two to three additional staff. She also hopes the improvements will include some newcomers to the Linen Tree’s faithful client foundation.
As much as the timing goes, Schuster indicated she is grateful the Brookwood renovations will be wrapping up just prior to the get started of summertime. And she expects shops there to benefit from possible pent-up need potential buyers might have publish pandemic.
In the meantime, Schuster will carry on to ship solutions purchased on the net, and she strategies to provide curbside pickup as extensive as it is needed.
“We are so fired up,” she reported. “We nevertheless have so considerably to do.”