Cake Face Bake Shop adds truck, sandwiches to business

WICHITA — Another new food truck is going to debut this weekend.

Summer Schoenhals already owns Cake Face Bake Shop, which she runs from a licensed kitchen in her home, and now she’s going to start selling baked goods and other items from a truck, too.

For a long time, Schoenhals says she “piddled around” making cakes and cupcakes for friends and family.

“Everybody kept telling me to start a business,” she says.

In January, she started one in the kitchen of her home. The business grew so quickly, she had to add a commercial kitchen.

In March, Schoenhals says she was approached about selling out of Absolute Vintage Boutique on Maple across from Target.

Saturday at the Automobilia car show, she’ll debut the truck, from which she’ll sell cakes, cookies, cupcakes, novelty baked items and a line of gourmet sandwiches using Big Rick’s barbecue sauce.

Big Rick’s is located at 400 S. Commerce St., and Schoenhals says she’s going to be able to use the company’s parking lot to sell from the truck during Final Friday and before events at the nearby Intrust Bank Arena.

Schoenhals also is a nurse, but she’s going to cut back to one day a week to help her Cake Face business grow. She says she’s also going to pursue corporate and event catering.

Schoenhals’ husband, David, recently was laid off, so he’s going to work with Cake Face, too.

“The timing was actually great,” Schoenhals says. “This is going to be our new source of income, so we’re pretty excited to get going on it.”

Absolute Vintage Boutique to open in former Brown’s Botanicals space

Erin Duke (from left) and sisters Emily Lee and Amy Gilman, who are opening Absolute Vintage Boutique this week.

WICHITA — When first we contacted Erin Duke weeks ago about opening a retail shop in the former Brown’s Botanicals space on Maple across from Target, she asked if we could wait to report it until she had a more firm opening date.

Customers, however, did not wait.

They saw her Absolute Vintage Boutique sign and came on in.

“Women want to shop,” Duke says. “You can’t stop them.”

Duke and her husband, Brian, are opening the shop with sisters Emily Lee and Amy Gilman, who already have been selling items through Craigslist as Sisters of the Wild West.

Absolute Vintage will sell a mix of vintage, new and consignment items, including furniture, housewares, art, clothing and jewelry.

“I would say a little of everything,” Erin Duke says. “We look for pieces that are unique.”

A lot of the furniture items will be repainted, repurposed or, as Duke likes to say, “reimagined.”

They’ll use chalk paint, which creates a vintage look, and likely will sell the popular paint — not to be confused with chalkboard paint — as well.

Lee and Gillman are west-siders. The Dukes live on the east side but weren’t hesitant about having a west-side shop, in part since it’s just off of Kellogg and easily accessible from anywhere.

“We just couldn’t pass up this darling location,” Duke says.

She says it’s been a floral shop for the last half century or so.

One former greenhouse area will have its own name — Amped Hobbies — and will be especially geared to men with a lot of items related to remote-controlled hobbies.

It also will feature what Brian Duke calls “mentiques.”

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