Uptown Cheapskate to open next to sister store Kid to Kid on the west side

WICHITA — Sometimes being a cheapskate is a good thing.

Just ask Mollie Schell.

Schell owns Kid to Kid, a store near 21st and Tyler that carries “pretty much everything you need for a child.”

Now, she’s opening Kid to Kid’s sister store, Uptown Cheapskate, to cater to teens and young adults.

Both stores are franchises that sell used clothing and some new merchandise as well. Customers can trade their used clothing for cash or store credit.

Schell says she’s in the same situation as many of her Kid to Kid customers.

“My kids are outgrowing the store, quite frankly,” she says.

Kid to Kid is in 1,950 square feet at 2243 N. Tyler.

Uptown Cheapskate, which Schell hopes to open in September, will be in 4,290 square feet.

That includes the space Personally Yours is vacating when it moves to NewMarket Square.

It also includes the former Bamboo Stix space and the space where American General Financial Services was.

Caro Development owns the building, and Cristi Howell of J.P. Weigand & Sons was the leasing agent.

Schell says she wants the large space for a couple of reasons.

First, the store will carry clothes for guys and gals for all seasons year-round.

“I really want it to be an open, spacious feel and make it a really fun shopping experience,” Schell says. “It’ll really kind of have a boutique feel to it.”

She’ll sell sizes 0 to 15 and sell to people age 15 to 35.

“If you’re into, like, True Religion jeans and the really hip, latest brands, that’s going to be our target.”

Schell has confidence to open a new store because she says Kid to Kid has proven recession-proof.

“That’s only helped to push me toward doing the teen and young adult store, because there is really that need.”