Third Orange Leaf planned for Wichita

WICHITA — On the heels of Orange Leaf opening in Wichita and a second one on its way, there’s now a third planned for the market.

Franchisee Sean O’Brien is going to bring the frozen yogurt shop to Caro Development’s strip center near the northeast corner of Central and Greenwich.

His first Orange Leaf will open at Caro’s Siena Plaza at 37th and Rock in about four weeks.

Jeff Finnell, the other Orange Leaf franchisee here, just opened Wichita’s first Orange Leaf at the retail center at 21st and Tyler in front of the Warren Theatre.

The self-serve yogurt comes in 16 flavors and has 40 toppings from which to choose.

O’Brien already has identified a couple of other potential Orange Leaf sites, but he wants to see how the first two do before signing deals for other spaces.

Look for the third Orange Leaf to open by Oct. 1.

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.

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Game Time Wine & Spirits to open at Siena Plaza

WICHITA — Aussie’s Wine & Spirits at Siena Plaza has closed, and Game Time Wine & Spirits is opening in its place.

Stacy Reed is opening the business in almost 3,000 square feet at the Caro Development property at 37th and Rock.

Reed’s sister-in-law, Shelli Reed, will manage the store.

Shelli Reed previously managed her son Seth’s K&S Liquor in Derby.

“He’s doing excellent,” Shelli Reed says. “I feel very, very comfortable starting something new.”

In addition to expanding the wine selection, including possibly adding a climate-controlled area, Shelli Reed says Game Time will have an extensive selection of import, domestic and microbrew beer.

“The liquor store has a huge cooler,” she says.

Reed says she hopes to open the store by the end of August, but it could be a bit later.

She thinks it will do well.

“It’s in a really great shopping area.”

Second Orange Leaf coming to Wichita, followed by a possible third

WICHITA — There’s a second Orange Leaf self-serve yogurt shop coming to Wichita, but it’s not by the same franchisee who is bringing one to 21st and Tyler.

Jeff Finnell is bringing the Oklahoma-based franchise to the west side in front of the Warren Theatre next month.

Franchisee Sean O’Brien also has an Orange Leaf planned for Siena Plaza on the northwest corner of 37th and Rock by mid-August.

“The shopping center’s great,” O’Brien says of the Caro Development property.

He likes how upscale it is and that it has a high traffic count.

The shop, which features a large variety of flavors and toppings, will be about 1,900 square feet and seat 40 inside and more outside.

O’Brien also is working on another Wichita site which he may finalize in the next week or two.

“We are the fastest-growing yogurt franchise going right now,” says CEO Arty Straehla.

When he and a business partner bought the chain in April, there were 15 Orange Leaf sites.

Now there are 25, and there are 15 more under construction and another 15 in the leasing stage.

The concept started in Oklahoma last year.

“It really caught on,” Straehla says. “We’ve seen that pretty much everywhere.”

He says the stores generally serve areas within a couple of miles of where they’re located, so he thinks Wichita could support several Orange Leaf shops.

“We’re not going to oversaturate the market,” Straehla says.

“Five or six is definitely within reason,” he says. “Maybe a few more.”

Fizz Burgers & Bottles to open in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza

WICHITA — A planned bistro in the former Amici space at Siena Plaza isn’t going to happen, but a high-end hamburger restaurant will instead.

Scott Bergeson is opening Fizz Burgers & Bottles — at least that’s the working name — in early September at the development at 37th and Rock Road.

Siena is a Caro Development property.

Amici closed following a fire in June 2008.

“We’re starting from scratch,” Bergeson says. “It’s pretty much like a brand-new building.”

Bergeson is opening the restaurant with backing from his father, David Bergeson, a former investigator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration who now is a consultant.

Scott Bergeson has been in the restaurant business in Wichita for two decades.

The restaurant will seat 60 inside and another 40 to 50 people on a patio.

“We want to do something simple — simple but really good,” Scott Bergeson says.

Fresh food is particularly important to him.

“We’re not even going to have a freezer in the place,” he says.

Along with burgers, Bergeson says he’ll have salads and sandwiches, all of which he hopes to add a creative twist to, though not too far out.

“Not scary, but still high end.”