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Wichita cupcake business saved by customers who couldn’t let it go

Tami McCue, left, and Ginger Wilson, right, are the new owners of The Brown Box Bakery cupcake truck. They purchased it from Anna Hastings, center.
Tami McCue, left, and Ginger Wilson, right, are the new owners of The Brown Box Bakery cupcake truck. They purchased it from Anna Hastings, center.

The Brown Box Bakery is saved.

In early May, owner Anna Hastings announced that she was relocating to Texas and planned to close the cupcake truck she opened in 2014.

But now, that won’t happen. A couple of Hastings’ loyal customers have stepped in and bought the truck.

Tami McCue and Ginger Wilson, friends and Wellington residents, are the new owners, and they don’t plan to change much of anything. They have the truck and all the recipes, and they plan to keep the schedule that Hastings had established, including stops at Wichita’s big June food truck rallies.

McCue, a physician, and Wilson, who runs her practice, had discovered Hastings’ cupcakes at a Taste of Home event at Hartman Arena years ago. They continued to buy them and make special orders and got to know Hastings.

“When she told us he was going to go, we said, ‘We can’t have that happen,’” Wilson said.

Hastings is planning to relocate to Austin with her family and will go back to school to pursue a degree in family and couples therapy.

The Brown Box Bakery Facebook page will remain the same, and the new owners will keep up updated with their schedule.

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