Christmas-themed shaved ice cart opens in downtown Wichita
A nice new business opens in downtown Wichita on Saturday, which will make you feel Christmas all summer long.
Hunter and Thali Leichner are about to open a second location of their Candy Cones the shaved ice business they started in Haysville last summer. The mobile business has a Christmas theme – with Christmas lights decorating its surroundings and employees disguised as elves – and it serves insanely huge and decadent crushed ice creations as well as Italian coffee.
The Wichita Candy Cones will be installed on the east side of the Union Station Square at 701 E. Douglas. It will operate from a trailer wrapped to resemble a gingerbread house and will be in front of the small kiosks that have held various food businesses over the years. (Kiosks will have a new sweet tenant on Monday: Sweet House, a bubble waffle stand that I told you about a few weeks ago.)
The Leichners will be serving their treats in the trailer every day of the week except Sunday, and will stay open after dark most nights, allowing them to put up an eye-catching summer Christmas light display. They will be used until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Their crushed ice creations have developed a reputation for their height and over-the-top additions. The best seller, said Hunter Leichner, is the Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins, which features crushed ice topped with fruity pebbles, bowling pins and various other candies, as well as whipped cream, cotton candy and a “Cabob” of candy. The next most popular creation is an apple pie treat that covers crushed ice with spicy apples and ice cream. People can also build their own cones, and sugar-free options will be available as well.
The Union Station trailer will not only be decorated with Christmas lights, but it will also be surrounded by outdoor games that people can play while enjoying their treats. Tables will also be set up nearby.
Hunter Leichner is a 2012 graduate of Wichita Heights High School who went on to become a professional golfer. During COVID-19, he said, all of his tournaments were canceled, so he turned to developing an idea he had had for several years: a Christmas-themed crushed ice business. .
He opened his store in Haysville last July on the grounds of River church at 1100 E. Grand, where his father is a pastor. It is already operational again this year.
Hunter said he hopes to eventually open Candy Cones trailers across the country. In Wichita and Haysville, his stores will remain open until October – and he plans to reopen both for the holiday season in November and December.
The motto of the companies is “Christmas Cheer all year round,” he said, and so far he has provided it. His store in Haysville was only open for about a month last year, but quickly gained fans. Many young visitors, he said, believe they meet real North Pole Elves when they visit.
“It’s just a really good, clean and healthy environment for families and people to come and have a good time,” he said. “It’s more about the experience than the product. But we also try to provide a great experience and a great product.
Candy Cones’ hours of operation in Wichita, starting Saturday, will be noon to 10 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday; and from noon to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Haysville hours of operation are noon to 10 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Saturdays; and from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Both will be closed on Sunday.
Nick Flores of Occidental Management was the rental agent for the case, as part of Occidental Management’s recent renewed efforts to get more life and activity in Union Station Square.
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