Carrie Rengers

Twizted Confections in Normandie Center has new owner

Bruce Reesman, owner of Twizted Confections at Normandie Square, has sold his business to Carmen Whiteaker.
Bruce Reesman, owner of Twizted Confections at Normandie Square, has sold his business to Carmen Whiteaker. File photo

El Salvador native Carmen Whiteaker has purchased Twizted Confections in Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn and is planning to add dishes from her homeland to the menu.

“I’m from Central America, and there (are) not many places that can offer typical dishes,” Whiteaker says.

She says she’s thinking of food such as pupusas, tamales and wraps.

They’ll soon be on the menu with a number of German-influenced items already there, such as bierocks, along with a variety of desserts.

Whiteaker says she usually has a similar experience with people who try her dishes.

“Everyone who tries them says, ‘Oh, you should open a business.’ ”

She says she purchased Twizted Confections in part for her son Chris, who also is working there.

“My thinking is my son is the one who is going to be in charge in the future,” Whiteaker says.

Chris Whiteaker says he, too, is eager to add dishes to the menu.

“It doesn’t just have to be from our country either,” he says.

Earlier this summer, Twizted Confections founders Bruce and Tina Reesman abruptly closed their short-lived Twizted Cafe in Old Town Square due to some family medical issues out of state, and Bruce Reesman said he was looking to sell the Normandie business.

Carmen Whiteaker now is thinking about a slight name change that may still have a Twizted twist.

“We’re planning to change it, but not just now,” she says. “We’re working on the name.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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