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Visiting Angels will offer private home care

Former "turnaround guy" Joe Freud is bringing the Visiting Angels home care franchise to Kansas.

Freud moved to Newton six years ago to work for Norcraft .

"I'm a... business turnaround guy," Freud says.

He says businesses "need you to help, but they don't need you long term."

"A good friend of mine, who's a recruiter, he said, 'Joe, we gotta get out of this business.' "

That friend introduced him to someone who told him about Visiting Angels, a Philadelphia-based company with 440 franchises nationally that provide nonmedical private home care.

Mostly, clients are seniors who need help with things such as light housekeeping, errands and meal preparation.

"It's the parents of the baby boomers, that's where the activity is right now," Freud says.

"The idea is to keep people in their homes. We can do anything from two hours at a time to 24 hours, seven days a week."

Harvey and Sedgwick counties are the main places Freud plans on operating. He'll begin taking clients late next week.

You can learn more at www.visitingangels.com/wichita.

The former "turnaround guy" is happy to have turned his own career around through his friend's Visiting Angels contact.

"He showed me there's a lot of value here in helping people as opposed to making people money."

Twisted craze

Newton is not going to be left out of the yogurt craze.

A group of Hesston residents and friends are opening Twisted Cow at 1400 S. Kansas Ave. in Newton. That's in the parking lot of the south Dillons .

Carol Raleigh says she was traveling out of state when she discovered the frozen yogurt trend. She says this was before the Wichita area started getting Orange Leaf yogurt shops.

"We loved the idea and wanted to do it," she says.

"I had looked into franchises," Raleigh says of several she considered. "I couldn't, first of all, get anyone to respond to me."

Then she and her partners encountered what she calls "very high" franchise fees.

They decided to create their own shop, which will feature 10 types of frozen yogurt and about 35 toppings.

Customers will pay by the ounce.

Raleigh's partners are her husband, Greg , and Roni and John Caffrey and brothers Rick and Bruce Weaver .

Carol Raleigh says there could be more Twisted Cows to come.

"We have talked that that would be a possibility," she says.

"We want to make sure that we nail this one first and make sure that it is everything we want."

Look for a May 1 opening.

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