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Hutchinson-based Apron Strings store to have second shop in Delano

03/18/2013 11:07 AM

03/18/2013 11:37 AM

WICHITA — There's good news for Wichita fans of Hutchinson's Apron Strings shop.

Owner Anne Dowell is opening a second kitchen and dining store in Delano in June.

"We have a lot of good customers out of Wichita now, so hopefully we can be a little closer to them and gain a lot more," she says. "There just seems to be a need in Wichita. There isn't any other store like ours."

The Apron Strings tagline is, "Be practical with style."

"We do a lot of gifts out of here, but we also do a lot of practical tools," Dowell says. "We have anything for the dining room or kitchen, but not furniture."

That includes linens, decorative dishes, cutting boards, mixers, cookbook holders and wine glasses among other things.

The store will go in about 3,000 square feet at 810 W. Douglas, which is the space Lady Grace Boutique is leaving at the end of March. That store is moving to George Holland's development at the northwest corner of Kellogg and Tyler.

Dowell says Delano is very similar to the Main Street area where her shop is in Hutchinson.

"We are in a historic area. We are in a old building that's been renovated. . . . It's got more character and personality."

That's what she says she found in Delano.

"It just seemed to feel right."

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