A new attraction of sorts is coming to Cambridge Market, at the southeast corner of 21st and Webb Road: the Farris Wheel.
The candy and nut store is leaving its home of almost nine years at Piccadilly Square to make room for a new tenant.
“We’re excited about the move, though,” says Ed Farha, who owns the business with his sister-in-law, Angie Farha.
That’s because the business currently isn’t as visible as Farha would like, he says, since it’s set back from the road and is attached to Piccadilly Market.
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Now, Farha says, “I’ll have my own storefront.”
The new store will be in 2,400 square feet, which is slightly smaller than its current space, next to Deano’s Grill and Tapworks.
“I’m excited to hopefully get more people that aren’t aware of it,” Farha says.
He says some people say the Farris Wheel is the best-kept secret in Wichita.
“And that we don’t want.”
Farha says his west-side customers regularly ask him to open a store there and say the new site will be better for them than the current one.
“They actually said because of 96, it’s going to be easier and quicker for them to get to.”
Farha says he’s still open to possibly having a west-side store one day as well.
Cathy Erickson handled the deal for Cambridge Market.
Farha’s father and stepmother, Farris and Karen Farha, opened the Farris Wheel in 2006 and designed it to be an old-fashioned candy store.
It offers more than 500 treats, including candy, nuts, favors, baskets and corporate gifts, and Ed Farha says nothing will change with the new store.
The Farris Wheel will remain open through Sunday at its current space and then close Sept. 21 and 22 before reopening in the new space Sept. 23.
“We’re literally moving things today and trying to get as much moved over as possible,” Farha says, “… so I don’t have to stay closed for very long.”