Everyone already thinks that Christie and Kip Hawkins are in the food business, but now they actually are.
The two say they come from entrepreneurial families and have always wanted to own their own business.
When they started thinking about potential franchises, Christy Hawkins was particularly interested in one of the food-related franchises.
“I’ve always loved to cook,” she said.
Instead, they first got into repairing recyclable asphalt through a distribution agency called Road Soup of Kansas.
“Everyone thinks it’s a food truck,” Kip Hawkins said.
Now, they’re also the franchisees of Graze Craze, a rapidly growing Oklahoma City franchise with over 30 locations either open or in the process of opening selling charcuterie boards.
There will be at least two in Wichita. The first will be near 21st Street and Ridge Road in the same center as Dandurand and Pho Chopstix. The second will be at Cambridge Market on the 21st and Webb Road.
Graze Craze will offer small options such as a single cup for a quick lunch to large plates for catering and events.
Christy Hawkins said they want companies to offer “a little bit of everything for all kinds of tastes.”
There will be ketogenic, vegan, and gluten-free diet-friendly plates.
There will be sweet bars of fruit and chocolate and a picnic platter for two to four people. The largest plate serves about ten people.
Each shop will prepare freshly baked sauces and bread in-house.
The signature chocolate bark with almonds will be made in Oklahoma.
There will also be homemade pickles and additional boxes.
“There are different things they can add to it if they so choose,” Kip Hawkins said.
They will also make honey and jam themselves.
“The produce is very fresh,” said Christy Hawkins.
There will also be holiday boards in season.
Hawkins said she’s created family and friends boards in the past, and then people started asking them to create them.
She said that the company’s franchise makes sense.
“They have a very streamlined process, and the food is great,” she said.
Kip Hawkins said the quality and quantities are good.
He also said the Charcuterie’s meat is cured, so customers can buy the plates and leave them for hours.
The panels are made from recycled materials, so customers do not need to return them.
“And she still looks really cool,” said Christy Hawkins.
Panels can be decorated with flowers and other things.
The Western Store will likely open in August. The Oriental Store should follow in September.
Cape Hawkins used to work in marketing but will now focus on franchises full time.
Christy Hawkins is Vice President of Business Development and Executive Research with Arnold Group, a recruiting and recruiting firm, and she will keep her job while also owning the franchises.
Kip Hawkins said his parents were franchisees in the placement and placement industry.
“We both come from an entrepreneurial bloodline,” he said.
Christy Hawkins said it’s no surprise that the two have three franchises.
“We always knew we wanted to do something.”