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A Wichita doughnut shop will close at the end of business on Saturday

Jessica Lessman found out the day she opened her doughnut shop that she was expecting twins.
Jessica Lessman found out the day she opened her doughnut shop that she was expecting twins. File photo

The day that they opened their mini doughnut shop in College Hill, Jessica and Alex Lessman found out they were expecting twins.

It wasn’t the best timing, and then the twins were born four months early. Since then, their daughter has required surgeries and extensive medical care.

As a result, the Lessmans have decided to close their Miri’s Minis, the whimsical, colorful shop they opened at 3543 E. Douglas a year ago. The last day will be Saturday.

“We just aren’t able to give it what it needs,” Jessica said. “We are blessed and so happy but we hadn’t planned on opening a business and getting pregnant with twins.”

The couple, who has three other young children in addition to the twins, named their shop after their now 11-year-old daughter, Miri.

It sold tiny, brightly-topped doughnuts and appealed to a kid clientele. The shop was the site of many birthday parties over the past year.

The Lessmans haven’t completely given up on the idea of their doughnut shop. As the kids get older, they’d consider reopening, Jessica said.



“We love it, and we’ve tooled around with the idea of doing it at the Farm and Art market and keeping it as a side thing,” she said. “It’s just not working as an every day brick-and-mortar.”

The shop will be open for the last time from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.

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