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You don’t say

“Prayer.”

– The response from Byron West of Luminous Neon when asked why business is doing better now than earlier this year

Pure Mixx yogurt owner looking for site

WICHITA – Joann Mai isn’t letting lackluster yogurt sales at BlackTop Nationals keep her from opening a restaurant in Wichita.

Mai and her sister and brother, Tran Mai and Ty Mai, started the Maiberry yogurt chain in Colorado, which franchisees also operate in Texas.

Joann Mai’s husband is from Wichita, and she recently moved here with the intent to open a restaurant of her own. She tested selling the yogurt over the weekend at the car show, but Mai says people seemed more interested in water and soda.

“It was not very successful.”

Mai is undeterred, though, and is seeking space near either 21st and Maize Road or along Rock Road.

“I want to see how people like it,” she says of opening one restaurant first. “If we do good, we’ll open up more.”

Mai will call it Pure Mixx, which is another name the family uses for the business. There’s a Pure Mixx in Fort Collins, Colo.

Mai says she’ll serve Greek yogurt with fresh fruit. She says it will have a Vietnamese flair, meaning it won’t be as sour as Greek yogurt can sometimes be. Nor will it be as sweet as American yogurt can be.

“It’s mixed in between.”

Mai also will serve banh mi. She says she’ll offer several varieties of the Vietnamese sandwiches.

While she’s looking for a site for Pure Mixx, Mai says she’ll continue to test her yogurt around the area.

Scholfield Honda to add a couple of acres

UPDATED – Roger Scholfield says he has some news that may not be very sexy, but it bodes well for his Scholfield Honda and Wichita, too.

“We have contracts pending on nine houses right behind the dealership,” Scholfield says. “We really don’t have any building plans other than to blacktop it and use it for additional parking.”

The good news is the dealership, which is on Kellogg between Woodlawn and Rock Road, is growing.

“We just need the additional space for inventory needs right now,” Scholfield says.

The dealership has eight acres. The new properties, if rezoning is approved, will give it an additional 2.2 acres.

“That will really help us out,” Scholfield says.

After that, though, he says, “We’re about tapped out on where we can expand here.”

Scholfield thinks the space will be sufficient for at least a couple of years.

He says Wichita’s economy took longer to rebound than other places, but it’s been steadily growing.

“It’s coming on right now.”

Scholfield says it shows in his dealership’s numbers.

In 2012, he sold 1,442 new Hondas, which was a 49 percent increase over 2011. He sold 1,003 used cars, which was a 20 percent increase over 2011.

This year, the dealership is doing even better.

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