East-side Wild At Heart to close; West-side store to expand

WICHITA — The east-side Wild At Heart is closing after business Saturday so owner Marissa Marklewitz can concentrate on expanding her west-side Wild At Heart.

“We’re expanding into gifts and gourmet goodies,” she says.

Her west-side shop, which sells clothing, accessories and handbags, moved to the southeast corner of 21st and Maize Road in October. She has 2,700 square feet she’s using now and another 1,300 square feet on the second floor where she plans a new gift boutique.

It’s how much space she’s wanted in one building all along.

“If we could have found something three years ago, we probably would not have opened an east location.”

The east-side Wild At Heart opened three years ago at the Collective at 21st Street East and K-96.

The expanded space on the west side will include more denim items and a new handbag line called Spartina 449, which has leather-and-canvas bags.

“They’re so cute,” Marklewitz says.

The new boutique will open in October.