Road construction is a necessary evil. Although it contributes to a city’s transportation functionality and overall attractiveness, it can make commuters’ lives a bit more hectic to say the least. What you might not realize, though, is that construction can greatly impact how small businesses promote themselves and maintain a steady source of clientele. Indeed, it is quite problematic when traffic is deterred to such an extent that customers don’t even know how to get there. So during this holiday shopping season, follow our construction blog series and help support small business affected by construction.

We’ll give you the details, the deals and the directions.

As there are numerous areas and small businesses affected by construction, we’ll feature the most heavily business populated sections of Topeka & Shawnee County that are currently experiencing construction. The following small businesses were featured based on location and their desire to be included.

We begin with 21st and Wanamaker.

Looking Glass Tattoo & Gallery

With a charming punk rock vibe, Looking Glass Tattoo & Gallery offers a welcoming atmosphere and professional staff that provides quality care and artistry with every tattoo. Owner/artist Judith White and her husband and manager Danny guarantee an experience that is personalized, clean and safe. Their lobby and gallery features an eclectic mix of artwork (paintings, drawings, photography, etc.), created by the three full-time tattoo artists, including Judith, and Danny as well. Aside from the usual plastic-lined chairs and tables, the studio is adorned with art; contains multiple TVs; showcases a decadent candy table; and features an extensive movie library and music catalogue. As Judith told each of the artists when they started, “If you’re going to hurt somebody, mark them, you better respect them and make it a worthwhile experience.” Judith also promotes the healing aspects of tattooing as she and her staff have aided in mastectomy recovery, scar cover up and a variety of other cosmetic recovery tattoos.


Saving up for a big tattoo scheme? Looking Glass has just the deal for you. On Small Business Saturday, Looking Glass Tattoo & Gallery will take $20 off every $100 you spend in gift certificates.

How to get there:

There is currently no access to this establishment on Wanamaker or Brandywine from 21st. Turn west on 22nd Park from Wanamaker to find Looking Glass.


Midwest Float

Midwest Float is currently the only float center in the Topeka. A float involves floating in a pod or a tank that is designed for short term sensory deprivation. “Floating” can be used to treat a myriad of physical and mental maladies. It is also used as a relaxation technique. Midwest Float owner Casey Campbell offers his customers a comfortable and quality experience with every float, which comes complete with hair and skin care products for your pre and post float showers, a lounge area and hot tea for after your float. His regular clientele range from those suffering from fiber myalgia, Lupus, PTSD, arthritis, as well as meditators or those looking to decompress. Customers have the choice of either 60 or 90 minutes in one of Midwest’s two tanks: a cabin, which is the size of a king size bed and offers a more open floating experience, and a pod, which is the size of a full size bed and has a hatch for total or partial closure. As Casey puts it, “there’s no one right way to float.”



Midwest Float will feature a buy one 90-minute float get a 60-minute float. Cyber Monday deals include a three float package for $129.


How to get there:

Midwest is located next to Looking Glass Tattoo & Gallery; see directions above.


Diamonds by Design

Diamonds by Design is a full-service jewelry store that specializes in custom design and repair. Marcia and Dan Brenner opened their first store in September 2000 and have expanded to a second location in Holton, KS. Walk-ins are always welcome. Customers are able to choose from new and unique pieces in a refined - but always relaxed -environment. Whether you require jewelry repair or want to turn your original concept into a reality, Marcia and her staff will be able to accommodate your jewelry needs.



Diamonds by Design is featuring a Construction Sale that includes 10-70% on the whole store.


How to get there:

Take Wanamaker Road to Brookfield Plaza off of 21st; keep in mind that there are currently only two lanes open at this intersection.


Monsoon Indian Grill

A unique feature in Topeka’s restaurant scene, Monsoon Indian Grill offers a selection of mainly North Indian dishes both during its lunch buffet and dinner hours. Some signature dishes include Vindaloo Chicken Curry, Lamb Tikka Masala Curry, as well as Gulab Jamun for dessert. Monsoon has also recently introduced some Southern Indian dishes including, Biryani, twice baked rice with a vegetable, and Cocoanut Chicken Curry. Check out the menu on their website for various vegetarian options and other traditional Indian foods. For Monsoon on the go, try Monsoon Express at 1414 SW 16th St.



Monsoon Indian Grill will have 15% off on its lunch buffet, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Black Friday.


How to get there:

Turn into the shopping center at the north east corner of 21st and Wanamaker. Monsoon Indian Grill is located behind Chipotle.