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.”

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Carla’s Love It to close

WICHITA — Carla Whaley is closing her Carla’s Love It shop at Bradley Fair, but she’s not discussing it. Whaley referred questions to Cathy Erickson of Laham Development, the Bradley Fair developer.

“Carla’s Love It is a great store, and we’ve enjoyed having them,” Erickson says.

She says Whaley wants more time with her family. The last day of business is Thursday.

“We’ll miss Carla and wish her well.”

Carla Whaley to open Carla’s Love It at Bradley Fair

WICHITA — Carla Whaley is back.

The former owner of Carla’s Wild at Heart is opening a new store at Bradley Fair.

Carla’s Love It will open in late summer.

The store will sell an eclectic mix of jewelry, gifts and apparel.

“I’ve been designing jewelry for the last three years going back to my hippie roots of the 1970s,” Whaley says.

She’s been traveling to a lot of art shows, too.

“I keep hearing over and over and over, ‘I miss . . . you and your store,’ ” she says.

At one point, Whaley had three stores. One was in Old Town, one at Brittany Center at 21st and Woodlawn and one was at 21st and Tyler.

Her last store was at NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize. She sold the store three years ago.

“All my family owned their own businesses, and my dad always said, ‘Sell when you have a buyer,’ ” she says. “I’ve learned that philosophy over the years.”

She’s missed having her own store, though.

“I sure liked being my own boss.”

Christi Royse of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for Bradley Fair, which is a Laham Development property.

The new Carla’s will be between Nouveau and Yia Yia’s Eurobistro.