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Mickey's Yogurt to open on Andover Road

08/30/2012 12:46 PM

08/30/2012 1:17 PM

WICHITA — Shawn and Mandy Berkley, with help from their three small children, are opening Mickey's Yogurt in Andover later this year.

They're modeling the business, which is named after Mandy Berkley's stepfather, on her mom and stepfather's Fresno, Calif.-area shop of the same name.

"The biggest appeal, besides it being tasty, is it's just a fun atmosphere," says Shawn Berkley, who is a designer at Bombardier Learjet.

"Everybody goes in there happy and excited. It's a special treat." Berkley says the positive customer relations "makes for a fun place to be."

The shop will open in early November at 626 N. Andover Road. That may not seem like the best time to open a yogurt business, but Berkley says, "The health benefits of yogurt versus ice cream makes it a much healthier alternative regardless of season."

Mickey's will offer 12 flavors, about 40 toppings and syrups. There also will be hot chocolate and cappuccino.

Mandy Berkley, who is a part-time massage therapist, will run the store most days.

Calvin Klaassen of Utter Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.

The Berkleys' children – Trenton, 8, Carter, 6, and Savannah, 5 – are particularly excited about Mickey's.

"They're all for more free yogurt," Shawn Berkley says.

He says his kids have been helping sample a lot of yogurt.

"They're happy to partake in our market research."

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Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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