Beautiful Day Cafe to open near Central and Grove, but not for another year

dayWICHITA — Almost every restaurant seems to take months longer to open than expected, but Charolett Knapic’s is taking a while even by those loose standards.

That doesn’t mean her Beautiful Day Cafe isn’t happening, though, or that she’s any less excited about it.

“I’m passionate about it again,” says Knapic, who first announced her plans in August 2011.

Originally, she wanted to do a downtown market and small cafe. Then Knapic rethought the business.

“I wanted something bigger than just a small cafe.”

Now, she’s purchased a 1,500-square-foot building at 2516 E. Central, which is near Central and Grove, for the cafe and very small market.

“Eventually it will have Echo Landscapes’ garage and office in there, but that’s down the road a ways,” Kanpic says of her landscaping business.

She hopes the businesses can enhance each other.

Knapic comes from a farming family and also has a background in greenhouse management and commercial planting. With neighboring green space at her new property, she plans a community display garden where she’ll grow herbs, vegetables and fruit. Knapic says she wants to develop it with permaculture principles of feeding the soil, making it rich and regenerative.

“A lot of it is just old-time common sense,” she says.

When not growing her own food, Knapic says she wants to use locally sourced food and “as organic as possible food.”

“I like knowing where the food is coming from,” she says. “I like supporting our local people.”

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Beautiful Day Market & Cafe still in the works

WICHITA — Charolett Knapic is still planning her Beautiful Day Market & Cafe downtown, but it won’t open in November as she first hoped it would.

Like most projects — retail or restaurants — everything is taking longer than expected and will cost much more than first estimates.

“We really haven’t moved forward much,” she says. “It seems like the wheels turn slowly.”

That’s not deterring Knapic, though.

“We’re going to have to revamp our thinking,” she says. That includes a new plan to “do things in a less expensive way.”

Knapic, who owns Echo Landscapes, plans to open in 6,000 square feet downtown but isn’t saying where until details are closer to being finalized.

We’ll keep you posted.

Beautiful Day Market & Cafe to open downtown this fall

WICHITA — Downtown dwellers have called for more grocery options in their area, and Charolett Knapic is answering.

Knapic, who owns Echo Landscapes, plans to open Beautiful Day Market & Cafe in 6,000 square feet downtown in November.

She’s not saying precisely where until she finalizes the lease. Cristi Howell at J.P. Weigand & Sons is assisting her.

Jill Miller of Creative Solutions is helping Knapic with her business plan, which is centered around locally grown and organic food.

Knapic grew up working at her grandparents’ Kingman restaurant, McQueen’s Cafe and Servateria.

That didn’t inspire her to want her own restaurant, though.

“Not at all,” Knapic says. “I thought I would never go back to it.”

The healthful side of the business is what’s attracting her.

“I want a place that makes you feel good.”

She got the idea because she was not feeling well.

“About five years ago I had a big health failure.”

Knapic says stress from her business caused her to have a physical breakdown.

Living a more natural, healthy life is what got her back on track and allowed her to find balance, she says.

“I learned a big lesson.”

Knapic wants to share that lesson.

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