WICHITA — If you heard rumblings of a Wolfgang bringing some tasty treats to a new pink-and-brown, chandelier-lit bakery and boutique on the east side, it wouldn’t be surprising if you wondered whether international chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck might be bringing one of his concepts here.
“It’ll definitely be probably the most unique pet store that people in this market have seen,” says Lisa Chamberlain, who is opening the business with her husband, Albert Cipo.
“Most people are like, ‘This is for dogs?’ ”
The two had another Woof Gang franchise in Houston but wanted to move back home to Wichita.
The business is a combination store, bakery and grooming site.
Chamberlain says she plans to have grooming for dogs and cats.
“Hopefully, if I can find a groomer who does cats,” she says. “That’s an if.”
Chamberlain says she tries to do kennel-free grooming in a short amount of time to keep down an animal’s stress level.
“Our grooming is more of a spa-type setting,” she says.
That includes “pawdicures” and blueberry facials with natural products.
“The dogs love it,” Chamberlain says. “It’s like lick, lick, lick.”
Woof Gang also will have an all-natural bakery for special-occasion cakes and treats.
“It is a bakery for pets,” Chamberlain says. “We have all sorts of treats.”
She says Woof Gang also will sell holistic food, including dry and wet food and raw and freeze-dried food.
There also will be chews, bowls, beds, collars and leashes.
“We’re a little more of a boutique feel,” Chamberlain says.
The 2,000-square-foot store will open in October.
Don Piros of Landmark Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.
“Ideally, we’d like to do more than one,” Chamberlain says.
The plan is to open a second Woof Gang on the west side within a year after the first one opens. Then the Kansas City area is a possibility, she says.
“It’s a long-term plan.”