The Villas, 1839 Merchant St., are open and accepting residents. Amenities include a workout room, pool, hot tub, tanning, on-site laundry and free wireless internet. KELSEY RYAN/THE BULLETIN
On the back wall, a sign reads “Your mouth isn’t watering. It’s crying for Jimmy Johns.” Like Jimmy Johns, other businesses have opened in Emporia in the last few months. Tyler Clabaugh, the head manager of Jimmy Johns, was very anxious for his store to open on August 18.
“We’re expecting a lot of business,” said Clabaugh. “We will offer delivery, and we will be open until 3 a.m., with delivery and in-store options until that time as well.”
Jimmy Johns will offer many catering opportunities to other businesses in town, including schools and hospitals. They are mainly here for the college population and intend to cater to their late-night needs.
Jimmy Johns will open daily around 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., “whenever the bread comes out of the oven.”
The Villas, a brand-new apartment complex, located at 1839 Merchant St. is open and still accepting residents. Jacqueline Dill, property manager of The Villas, mentioned a few of the features of the complex.
“We have apartments that are two and four bedroom, but each resident is contracted individually, so if one of the renters decides to bail at semester, it will only affect that person,” she said.
The Villas include a workout room, a pool and hot tub, free tanning, on-site laundry and vending, a social room that includes four televisions, two poker tables, a ping pong table and free wireless internet. Outside by the pool they have a sand volleyball court, a basketball court and they are hoping to build some permanent grills.
“We will also be having a pool party that will be open to the public this Friday, the 21st, at around 4 p.m.,” Dill said.
On August 4, Bravo Salon in the Granada Plaza at 726 Commercial St. They are located in Suite D, with parking off of 8th street. Shawna Short, one of the stylists at Bravo Salon, talked about the services they offer.
“We offer a full range of services pretty much – cuts, color, manicures, pedicures and facial waxing (for) men, women and children,” said Short.
The two other stylists, Heather Bailey and Aimee Morris, each carry different lines of hair products. Another feature unique to their salon is the hand-held blow dryers that hang from the ceiling. Each dryer is weightless, meaning that when they pull the dryer down, it turns on and stays at the precise length it was pulled to so it won’t fall on your head.
Bravo Salon does accept walk-ins, Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with Mondays and Saturdays by appointment only.
Flint Hills Laser Expressions is also new to Emporia. They occupy the location where Jock’s Nitch used to be at 912 Commercial St. Rick Robidu does his own granite marble laser engraving, and offers many other kinds of services and merchandise.
Laser Expressions offers athletic apparel for ESU, KU and K-State, as well as other memorabilia. They can also do customized screen printing for t-shirts, unique gifts and glassware engraving for any occasion.
Laser Expressions is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Some other businesses that have opened within the past few months include Pumpkin Doodles Children’s Boutique, 725 Commerce St. and RuYi, 1113 Merchant St., an Asian restaurant.
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