Bonnie Aeschliman opened her Cooking at Bonnie’s Place seven years ago to spend time with new friends, and now she’s trying to sell it to spend time with family.
For years, Aeschliman was a Heights High School teacher and also taught cooking classes out of her home. Then she retired and her husband died.
“It was my husband’s death that spurred me to do this,” Aeschliman says of the business, which she opened seven years ago in Cambridge Market at 21st and Webb Road.
“I was kind of in the doldrums, and I needed a reason to get up in the morning,” she says. “It’s kept me busy.”
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Her two children live out of state, though, and now she also has a new grandchild.
“That little grandbaby is tugging at my heartstrings,” Aeschliman says.
She says she thinks the 2,300-square-foot space, which has a kitchen and retail space, is set up well for a number of things. That could be a bakery, a catering company, a small restaurant or a tearoom.
“I even thought about doing a private supper club one time,” Aeschliman says. “It’s a versatile place.”
She says she does a lot of corporate work, such as parties and team-building events.
“I even designed the kitchen to be like a TV set,” she says. “It’s ideal for someone who wants to be creative and do their own thing and grow their own business.”
If someone wants to own a cooking school, Aeschliman says she could help them get started.
“I’d be happy to do that.”
Aeschliman says the store has always been profitable.
“The store has done very, very well from the beginning.”
However, she’s been somewhat casual about her hours and opens only when she wants.
“If someone wanted to come in and run it like a business, they could do a killing here,” Aeschliman says. “I think it really fills a niche.”
Bree Kelley of J.P. Weigand & Sons is helping Aeschliman sell the business.
If she can’t find a buyer, Aeschliman says she’ll probably close.
She says the business has served its purpose for her, though.
“It has made me just a ton of friends in Wichita.”