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."