Wichita Cheesecake Co.

701 E. Douglas, Suite #1, Wichita, KS.

(316) 358-9494

www.wichitacheesecakecompany.com

Proprietors: Mark Daniels and Grace Freeman

Cuisine: 35 varieties of cheesecake, by the slice or the whole cake

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mon- Fri., and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday

Opening: May 3

When you can’t find what you want, make it yourself. Grace Freeman and her family always loved cheesecake. She got tired of eating store bought or frozen cheesecakes and started making her own. Now, what started as an effort to satisfy her own desire for good cheesecake has turned into a business.

When she started dating Mark, a foodie who loves watching the Food Network, Grace saw a demonstration for making a flavored cheesecake. She tried the recipe and the rest is history. From one innovative twist has developed 35 different varieties of cheesecakes and counting.

Mark and Grace started Wichita Cheesecake Company in 2017. They’ve grown the business through word of mouth, entering trade shows, fundraising and other community events where people could either test taste or buy their product. They’ve had booths at Tuesdays on the Terrace at Wichita Botanica, the Wichita Bridal Show and most recently Death By Chocolate where they won the Judges Choice Award with their milk chocolate blood orange cheesecake.

“They told us it was the best thing they’d put in their mouth that night,” said Grace.

They also grew their business selling cheesecakes to other restaurants and they developed a steady customer base that way.

Now the couple is ready to open their own restaurant on May 3 in one of the kiosks in front of Union Station, the old train station in downtown Wichita. The small space will have little if any space to sit down and eat, mostly the location will be grab and go. However, during better weather people can sit outside at one of the tables on the patio.

The couple will be selling cheesecakes by the slice or whole cheesecake in a variety of sizes, 6, 8, 9, or 10” cakes. Mini cheesecakes will be pre-packaged as samplers of 6 to 8 cheesecakes. Choosing, for now, to focus strictly on their cheesecakes, the only other item available at the restaurant will be hot and cold coffee and water.

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