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Auntie Mae's Attic & Cafe to double in size

08/31/2012 5:00 AM

08/31/2012 5:29 AM

WICHITA — If the last information Michael Goens shared was "crazy news," as he declared, this news is even wilder.

Three months after Goens and Albert Conrad moved their Auntie Mae's Attic from Delano to 3,000 square feet at 9125 W. Central and added a restaurant, they're more than doubling their space.

"We just cannot keep up with the business," Goens says.

"When we first started this, it was just going to be (this) little, small thing. We did not anticipate that it was going to be quite this well received."

The made-from-scratch cooking and homey atmosphere at Auntie Mae's Attic & Cafe is a hit.

Goens thinks people have "really been yearning for that kind of mom-and-pop place ... as opposed to these big-box corporate places."

"This day and age we live in has become so corporate," he says. "It's so nice to be able to go out and talk to your customers and their families and their kids."

Goens says he often hears about how customers like the atmosphere and service.

"That makes such a big difference anymore."

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About Carrie Rengers

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.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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