New Market Square

By Micole Aronowitz

Under the Cork carries 24 varieties of wines ranging from 
    dry to sweet reds to dry to sweet whites to ports and fruit wines.

Under the Cork carries 24 varieties of wines ranging from dry to sweet reds to dry to sweet whites to ports and fruit wines.

Searching for gift ideas for the people on your holiday list? For an elaborate array of offerings for family, friends and significant others, journey to Wichita’s largest outdoor shopping center, New Market Square. With an ample selection of novel boutiques and shops and nationally-recognized retailers and restaurants, New Market Square is an ideal destination for holiday shopping.

Under the Cork

Stumped for what to get a person who has everything? Well, Carolyn Whipple thinks a bottle of wine is the definite choice. “I believe there is a wine for everybody,” Whipple, store manager, said. Located in New Market Square for nine years, the store carries 24 varieties of wines ranging from dry to sweet reds to dry to sweet whites to ports and fruit wines. The prices of their wines start at $8.95 and up, with their best-selling wines ranging in price from $8.95 to $12. “It’s an easy, affordable gift,” she said. “What’s better than a bottle of wine you can sit and enjoy with loved ones?”

With the mulling spice the Christmas wine tastes like warm apple cider.

With the holiday season upon us, Under the Cork has rolled out their most popular wine of the season, their Christmas wine ($13.95). The semi-sweet white wine comes in a Christmas bottle on which a see-through Christmas scene is etched. The wine can be drunk as-is or heated up and enjoyed with mulling spice. With the mulling spice, Carolyn added, it tastes like warm apple cider. “It’s always a hit,” she said.

A store of the Smoky Hill Winery, all of their wines are made at their winery in Salina. Their entire assortment of wines is available to sample before purchase. In addition to wine, they also sell merchandise such as wine racks, painted wine glasses and gourmet food products. “We are a gift shop for the wine enthusiast,” Whipple said.

Wind Heaven

Kansas’ winds make it the opportune location for flying kites. Wind Heaven, located in New Market Square for ten years, specializes in an extensive collection of kites, flags and windsocks. Also for purchase are garden stakes, stepping stones, yard art and wind wheels. Their kite options span from kid kites to advanced kites for adults. As for a preferred kite among patrons, store owner Les Derstein said Delta kites are a favorite because of their stability in the air. The specialty wind-product store also carries and installs residential and commercial flag poles, with flags for all seasons and occasions. Throughout the holiday season they sell numerous flags and kites. Derstein acknowledges that people are fascinated by kites. “A kite is something we all marvel at flying in the sky,” Derstein said.

Beau Monde

Relaxation, rejuvenation and beautification are all part of the experience at Wichita’s first day spa, Beau Monde. Diverse types of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures are provided at their three locations. Unique to their New Market Square location is the HyraFacial. Owner and licensed esthetician Michele Wheeler describes this treatment as a hydrating exfoliation for all skin types that targets fine lines, hyper pigmentation and sun damage.

With every service purchased, clients receive a complimentary makeup application.

The makeup bar, which all three locations feature, has select makeup lines that can’t be found anywhere else in Wichita. Bare Escentuals, Smashbox and Stila are a few of the lines they carry. The makeup can always be tried before purchase. “All the people we have working are licensed makeup artists and they’ve been trained by the lines. They are extremely knowledgeable not only about makeup but skincare,” Wheeler said. With every service purchased, clients receive a complimentary makeup application.

Wheeler firmly believes that what sets her spa and boutique apart from others is the skill and dedication of her staff. “The staff is the most important piece of Beau Monde. I feel very privileged and lucky to have such talented technicians.”

Alter Ego

Looking for the latest trends and hand-picked styles in women’s apparel? Alter Ego, which opened in New Market Square in May, is home to one-of- a-kind clothing, accessories and shoes. Owners Heidi Pullman and Laura Carpenter select the merchandise for their store from the current styles they see in glamour and fashion magazines. They obtain their merchandise from markets they attend in Las Vegas and Dallas.

“We order only six of everything, so you know when you get something that it won’t be something that everyone else has,” Pullman said. The fall trends they observe are lots of layering, chunky knits and tall riding boots and leggings. Pullman said their inventory is constantly changing because they get new items each week. “We have customers that come in and check us out every single week because we always have new stuff on the floor,” Pullman said.

“We order only six of everything, so you know when you get something that it won’t be something that everyone else has,”

Alter Ego also does trunk shows, also known as home parties. For the parties, they take certain items from their store and a few items that aren’t on the floor yet and bring them to the host’s house. The host invites friends over and they go through and describe each item individually and suggest what it would look good with. After that, people can try on clothes and have the option to buy those items. “It really makes for a fun atmosphere,” Pullman said. During November and December, the host gets 20% worth of credit from total party purchases to spend at Alter Ego. “It’s a great way for the host to earn free clothes from our store,” Pullman said.

Eric Fisher Salon

The objective of the Eric Fisher Salon is to transform the haircut experience. With a globally recognized staff equipped with extensive expertise, Eric and his crew aim to please their clients through attentive customer service, flawless hair techniques and superlative styling products. “We try really hard to create an experience beyond the haircut,” said Robin Parker, a salon team leader. “We try to transcend the experience in terms of making customers feel totally welcomed and getting a great haircut and style above all else.”

What do they see as the current, trending mane styles? Natural, organic hairstyles accompanied with soft, natural looking highlights. Embracing and enhancing your hair’s true texture and type, whether it’s straight, curly or wavy.

 
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