When Kellie Foltz officially debuted her Cake Ball Divas creations at Exploration Place's Death by Chocolate party in March, most people had one question:
Where can we get these things?
"We just got a very big response," Foltz says.
She describes the cake balls as the size of a large truffle with the visual aesthetic of a fine chocolate.
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She also makes cupcakes and cookies and is opening a specialty bakery, Sweetly Scrumptious , to sell them all.
The shop will open in the next couple of weeks in Normandie Center , at Central and Woodlawn, between the Seafood Shop and Beyond Beads Boutique .
Foltz will have a wide array of flavors, such as pina colada cupcakes and mocha espresso drizzle cake balls.
Foltz got the idea for the cake balls when a friend brought her a similar confection from out of town. Foltz thought she could improve on it.
Soon she started sharing her concoctions with friends, including people she knows through being the restaurant chair for Winefest . The popularity of the cake balls has grown from there.
Foltz's motto already is in circulation, too:
"You are what you eat, so eat something cute."
What's up with that?
By popular demand, we're debuting a new mini-feature of sorts, which will be a regular "What's up with that?" update on businesses we've already reported on that now are close to opening, closing or changing in some way.
If you have any questions or suggestions for the list, just let us know.
* The new Braum's at 201 N. Seneca is scheduled to open Nov. 8. This will replace the older Braum's just around the corner on West Douglas, which will close after business on Nov. 7.
The new 5,756-square-foot store will feature the company's latest design, which includes two drive-through lanes and seating for 86.
There's no word yet on when construction might start on Braum's stores planned near Harry and Rock Road and just north of the Residence Inn by Marriott at Plazzio at 13th and Greenwich. In May, a company spokesman said both stores are still happening.
* Austin Herron is reopening Jack's North Hi Carryout in Riverside today. Herron, whose grandmother purchased the business for him to run, says he'll serve upgraded meat, bigger burgers and fresh-cut fries.
* When Pigs Fly , the new barbecue restaurant father and son Ronnie and Brian Choy are planning on the west side with their wives, now has an opening date. The restaurant will open on Oct. 14 at 7011 W. Central in the Crossroads shopping center, on the southeast corner of Central and Ridge.
* Jeff and Brandy Martin had planned to open their third Smallcakes, A Cupcakery , here. Instead, they're now opening a third in the Kansas City area and plan to make Wichita their fourth stop.
"It's just a matter of me getting out there," Jeff Martin says.
He spent three weeks this summer in Los Angeles filming two television shows — one was another episode of "Cupcake Wars "and the other is a secret for now.
"That's been crazy," Martin says. "It's a good crazy."
He's checked out Wichita, though, and he's found an area he likes.
"We're very interested in Bradley Fair ."
There's no deal yet, but Martin hopes to have some kind of announcement in the early part of 2011.
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"I finally understand trickle-down economics. When it don't trickle to me, it don't trickle from me."
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