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Artifacts retail shop will close; business to remain open

06/14/2012 5:33 PM

06/14/2012 5:33 PM

WICHITA — Amy Herd is packing her Artifacts and closing shop at Lincoln Heights Village at Douglas and Oliver.

That doesn't mean she's entirely going out of business, though.

"I'm going to continue to do the arts ... just not as a retail, daily basis," she says.

Friday is her last day selling at the shop.

"I just want more time to travel and get back to my photography and spend more time with my grandkids," Herd says.

She'll travel for future shows and do some here as well.

Herd says she never would have met so many artists without her shop.

"I feel really blessed to have shared my gallery with really talented artists," she says. "They've been such a great source of wisdom, inspiration and friendship."

Herd opened her shop on East Central eight years ago and moved to Lincoln Heights three years ago.

"That's made my decision tough because I do love it here, and it's such a great space and great co-tenants," she says.

Herd says her daughter just graduated and her business is debt free.

"It's a good time to change it up."

About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

Carrie encourages readers to contact her with tips, questions, behind-the-scenes business news and even funny quotes from business people. Reach her at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com

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