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“The Wichita area is oversaturated … especially west Wichita.”

– West-side Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt franchisee Ilsik Hong, who says he closed his store because too many yogurt shops compete in Wichita

Roots & Bloom becomes a collective of sorts by inviting four other businesses to have a presence at the store

WICHITA — Chris Coburn is once again reconfiguring his business, this time with a little help from his friends.

Last year, Coburn created Roots & Bloom out of Wichita Wholesale Florists to attract retail customers in addition to the floral shops the company sold to for decades.

Now, he’s expanding to showcase other businesses within his downtown shop at 151 S. Laura.

“This little collective is kind of a cool way of doing business, and I don’t think it’s practiced very much in our area,” Coburn says.

Initially, four businesses will have a presence at Roots & Bloom: ACI Design Studio, Overhead Door, Hong’s Landscape & Nursery and the OnionTree.

“I had some space that was kind of fallow as far as I was concerned,” Coburn says. “I thought that maybe they would have a nice home at my spot.”

Each business will have a sign out front, but Coburn says that “cumulatively, that will be the umbrella basically of Roots and Blooms.”

Previously, the OnionTree had its own space near Douglas and Hillside.

“I wasn’t ready to reopen yet,” owner Bridgit Yinger says. “He just gave me a really sweet deal.”

She’s still in the process of moving the local artwork she sells into the shop.

“It’s a cool, cool setup,” Yinger says.

She says her artists still will have an outlet, but “I don’t have to physically be here running it anymore.”

“It’s perfect for me.”

Yinger likes that Coburn has invited the other businesses as well.

“He’s got a lot of really good ideas.”

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Two more Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt stores coming to Wichita

WICHITA — At first we were kind of joking about the weekly yogurt report, but it looks like that’s the reality.

Yes, there are another couple of yogurt franchises coming to town.

Hong’s Landscape & Nursery owner Ilsik Hong and his brother, Jaesik, are opening a Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt at 2404 N. Maize Road.

That’s across from NewMarket Square in the same building where AT&T and Frozen In Time, A Scrapbook Boutique are.

“I happen to know the people who (are) distributing this yogurt franchise,” Ilsik Hong says.

His brother, who also works at the nursery, will own the yogurt business, but they’ll both operate it.

“He wants to have a side business, so I’m working with him,” Ilsik Hong says.

The nursery is on 31st Street South between Rock and Webb, which Hong says he realizes is a long way from the Peachwave that will be “way out west.”

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