Ralph Diaz (center right) poses with Manhattan Senator Tom Hawk and House Rep. Sydney Carlin (far right) Tuesday at the state capitol. Courtesy Ralph Diaz via Facebook

TOPEKA — A Manhattan small business owner was recognized this week at the statehouse in Topeka by the Kansas Small Business Development Center.
Ralph Diaz owns and operates The Winged Lion, a unique lifestyle store offering home decor, textiles, personal care products and gifts. The business, which Diaz began five years ago as a dream was named one of 16 small businesses of the year by the KSBDC. Diaz tells KMAN what the honor means to him.
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Diaz worked for years as a hairdresser, owning Gaia Salonspa in Manhattan from 1998 to 2014 when he sold the business. It was then five years ago when Diaz decided to take on this new endeavor.
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Diaz’s business was one of eight recognized by the KSBDC in the category of exemplified small business success. He explains what he attributes the success of his business to.
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He also says the Small Business Development Center has been crucial to his success.

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The Winged Lion can be found in downtown Manhattan, located at 300 Poyntz Ave.



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