Apricot Lane Boutique, a national chain, to open at Bradley Fair this spring

WICHITA — Along with tulips and daffodils popping up this spring, Wichita will have an apricot, too.

Apricot Lane Boutique, that is.

Wichitans Kami and Mark Murphy are opening a franchise of the California-based women’s boutique at Bradley Fair in March.

“The store is a fabulous women’s fashion boutique that is very unique,” says the chain’s founder and CEO Ken Petersen.

There are 82 Apricot Lanes in 30 states, and they’re known for having limited quantities– maybe only a couple of each size — of name-brand and nonbranded apparel.

“Customers love that,” Petersen says. He says they like knowing not everyone will be wearing what they’re wearing.

“Our product mix is fast, and it’s fresh, and it’s on trend, and it’s constantly changing,” he says.

Petersen calls the store a mother-daughter boutique that appeals to both age groups.

He says he’s found it to be even more than that.

“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen grandma, mom and daughter in the stores,” he says.

“I didn’t want to be a juniors retailer. We didn’t want to be a Talbots-type of retailer.”

There also will be shoes, jewelry, accessories and gifts in a variety of price points.

“We’re excited to bring something that’s so hip and also something that’s a little more affordable to Bradley Fair,” Kami Murphy says.

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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.