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Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is ready to say “aloha” to Dallas. The brand, known for its refreshing handcrafted lemonades, superfood smoothies, acai bowls, and other tasty bites, is setting up shop at 320 W. 8th St. The location was previously home to coffee and smoothie shop, Serve.
Founded in 2012 on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, the concept grew in a few short years from a stand to a trailer to a brick-and-mortar location on Maui. In 2017, the first franchise was opened. Currently, there are eight shops in operation domestically and two internationally. According to an August report, Wow Wow signed a record-setting number of franchise agreements in Q1 and Q2 of this year.
The new deals include single and multi-unit agreements to bring franchises to Las Vegas, Utah, California, and Florida. Apart from Dallas, other markets in Texas, like Houston and Austin, are also being targeted by the brand.
“While the last 18 months have been challenging to navigate due to the pandemic, it validates our recent success even more,” said Tim Weiderhoft, CEO of Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade. “It has been very exciting to see our franchise family grow this year. We strive to provide all of our franchisees with the resources they need to be successful, and we’ll remain committed even as we expand. I am very grateful that we were able to continue to grow the business with new franchisees, and expand into new markets across the country.”
Wow Wow is being brought to Dallas by Lakewood residents Nancy and Kevin Taylor. Kevin is a founder of Texas Security Bank and Nancy is a CPA who also runs Oma’s German Treats, a seasonal business that sells traditional German treats.
The Taylors were originally hoping to have Lakewood be Wow Wow’s first location in Dallas, but ended up finding the perfect spot in Bishop Arts. According to a Facebook post on Wow Wow Lemonade Lakewood, they are still looking in Lakewood for the right spot, but are moving forward with the Bishop Arts opening for now.
At this time, a specific opening date has not been set, but Nancy hopes that it will be soon.
Calling them the “ideal franchisees,” Weiderhoft says they both embody the Aloha feel and spirit. “Being a part of their community has always been important to the couple,” he noted, “and that will be no different when they open their three lemonade stands.”
They often hold pop-ups at local festivals and at the Bishop Arts Pop-Up Market that allows like-minded food vendors and small businesses focusing on natural and sustainable retail to collaborate together.
Note: This article has been updated since its original publication to include comment from the owner.