Archive for Wednesday, February 7, 2007

As tenants place signs, interest grows in center

February 7, 2007

The signs are up and the promise of new businesses in Basehor is finally taking shape.

Three businesses -- Front Row Video, Bask Tanning and Subway -- will open their doors in Basehor next month on the south side of U.S. Highway 24-40 between 155th Street and 158th Street.

"We have had unreal activity since the signage went on," said Debbie Breuer, leasing manager for Pinehurst Retail, referring to the Front Row Video and Bask Tanning signs affixed to the building a few weeks ago. "We do have lots of interest."

Kyle Stevens owns Front Row Video with his father, Tim Stevens, and they have another location in De Soto. They will offer movie and video game rental as well as DVD scratch repair and cleaning.

Currently, Kyle Stevens said they are working on moving items into the Basehor location and getting the computer software up and running.

He said he hoped Front Row Video would be open for business by the end of the month.

The Stevenses are excited to be in Basehor, he said.

"Everybody is really nice," he said. "They look out for you, take care of you and that's the kind of community we want to be in."

Business partners Angie Muder and Basehor native Lori June launched the original Bask Tanning salon in March 2006 in Piper. Muder said the second location in Basehor is set to open in about mid-March.

"We chose Basehor primarily because a lot of our current customers are in that location and we saw a need for one in that area," Muder said.

Along with the usual tanning beds and stand-up booths, Bask boasts a unique experience called Bodi Bar. Muder said customers can create their own tanning lotions, sprays and after-tan lotions using different fragrances, colors, bronzers and deep moisturizing formulas. The products compliment each other and are formulated for optimum skin care and skin health, she said.

Bask was the first salon in the country and remains the only salon in the Midwest to offer Bodi Bar, she said.

The Basehor location will start out with five tanning beds and the capacity for nine. The salon runs on a strictly walk-in basis and clients will be able to use both locations for their tanning needs.

"We're really excited," Muder said. "We've had a great response from the community so far. I think there is a real need that we'll be able to fill."

While the franchisee and owner of the future Basehor Subway could not be reached, regional manager Melissa Chew confirmed the restaurant would open soon.

"We're looking at March 23 or somewhere in that last week of March," she said.

Another business, a Kansas City area pharmacy, also plans to bring a branch to Basehor. A stand-alone building in the same area is planned but is still in the early stages of development.

Breuer said Pinehurst Retail is still looking for more businesses to lease a space in the 10,500-square-foot building that will soon house Front Row Video, Bask Tanning and Subway. Three more buildings of the same size are planned for the area, and Breuer said construction would begin once the first building is full. Each building has seven 1,500-square-foot spaces.

"Four announcements is pretty big for Basehor," she said. "Things are popping."

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