Sunflour Cafe & Collective has quietly opened in West Wichita

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Nicole Mullen, left, and Whitney Feltrop are the owners of the new Sunflour Cafe & Collective on West Central in Wichita.

The Wichita Eagle

A new business that includes a vegan and gluten-free cafe has just opened in West Wichita.

Sunflour Cafe & Collective, owned by business partners Whitney Feltrop and Nicole Mullen, quietly opened over the weekend at 6120 W. Central. The business has two parts: a sit-down cafe that offers a cutting-edge vegetarian menu of coffee, smoothies, boba tea, kombucha, breakfast items, pizzas and sandwiches, as well as a collective market space offering products from local manufacturers such as soap. , lotion, jewelry, artwork and more.

Although the business is open, the owners are still unboxing and planning to hold a grand opening event on July 16. For now, hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, although the business will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the July 4 weekend.

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Sunflour Cafe & Collective has quietly opened at 6120 W. Central. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

So far, Mullen said, customers have been pouring in, though many people don’t realize the business is open yet. It is installed in a former tanning salon and does not yet have its exterior signage.

So far, customers have sampled the menu, which includes a long list of espresso drinks, teas and smoothies as well as salads, sandwiches and pizzas, all of which can be served vegan and gluten-free. Mullen said among his favorite dishes so far are the Eden sandwich, made with brie cheese, apple slices, candied walnuts and lemon-ginger honey, and the Figged Up pizza, topped with figs, pears. , honey and goat cheese. She is also excited about a vegan soft serve ice cream vendor who will soon be moving into the space. You can see the menus below.

Mullen and Feltrop have transformed the former tanning salon into a large open space where people can relax, use the free Wi-Fi, have a coffee or a meal, play games, let their children draw on covered tables chalkboard paint or even try on a small stage. The owners have also set up a place where people can take or leave plant clippings and an area where they can take or leave books.

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The back section of the new Sunflour Cafe & Collective is filled with wares from local artisans and vendors. Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

The shopping area at the back of the business is filled with items from local artisans and entrepreneurs. The owners have also invited children’s artisans to set up shop and they sell items like jewelry, slime, henna and more.

Sunflour Cafe & Collective recalls The Coop, an innovative co-operative which opened in Derby in March 2020 and sells food and takeaways produced by its members. In fact, Sunflour Cafe & Collective has a connection to The Coop: Feltrop is the COO of The Coop and co-owner of the cafe that operates in this business. Mullen, the owner of CM Goodies, also sells her vegan and gluten-free baked goods there.

Following the grand opening event in July, Sunflour Cafe & Collective will extend its hours of operation to 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 8am-7pm Saturday and Sunday.

Sunflour Café & Collective menus

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The Sunflour Cafe & Collective menu, which can all be served vegan and/or gluten-free Denise Neil The Wichita Eagle

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Sunflour Cafe & Collective Courtesy drinks menu

This story was originally published June 28, 2022 12:53 p.m.

Denise Neil has been covering restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is where diners can get local restaurant information. She is a regular judge at local cooking competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about the restaurant business.

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