Carla Whaley to reopen Carla’s in Delano

WICHITA — Part of the reason Carla Whaley closed her Carla’s Love It at Bradley Fair this spring is because her husband was ill, but she found herself pretty bored after a while.

“I was walking around not knowing what I was supposed to do,” she says.

Her husband knew the solution.

“He said, ‘Well, do what you like to do.’”

So Whaley is reopening Carla’s, this time in Delano at 605 W. Douglas between Twist and Hatman Jack’s.

“You know, my nieces come down here a lot. … They just think it’s the coolest place ever.”

Whaley agrees.

“It’s always been pretty cool.”

Something new is happening, though, she says.

“It’s the new hot spot. … There’s a rebirth again of Delano.”

Whaley says her friend “Hatman” Jack Kellogg showed her some Delano spaces, but she couldn’t find just the right one initially.

Then he pointed out that the Twist owner was hoping to downsize a bit in the space he owns next to his hat shop.

“I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you bring this up to begin with?’” Whaley says.

Other than that small transgression, she says, “He’s just been a delight to work with.”

In addition to liking her landlord, Whaley loves the 1,500 square feet of space and its location.

“The traffic is tremendous down here. I just can’t believe (it) around that clock tower.”

Carla’s will sell jewelry, clothing, handbags and what Whaley calls “girlfriend gifts.”

Whaley is bringing back a neon Carla’s sign she had at her original store almost 20 years ago at the Farm & Art Market in Old Town.

“It’s just been collecting dust in a garage.”

This is Whaley’s sixth Wichita store.

“My husband thinks I just like to design stores.”

Whaley says the store will have a soft opening on Monday, and a grand opening will follow Oct. 5 and 6.

“I just hope I can see some of my customers who thought I disappeared.”