Journey Books & Gifts to close after almost three decades; may reopen in a new spot

WICHITA — After almost three decades in business, Journey Books & Gifts is closing, but there's a chance it may reopen later in another space.

"For all of us little businesses, I think it's probably a bit of a struggle over these last couple of years," says owner Valerie DuGay.

She describes the store, which is at 120 N. Hillside, as a new age shop that sells books and gifts related to meditation and Native American and ancient cultures.

DuGay says she's leaving because her landlord is taking back the space. She wants to reopen at some point, but she's going to wait because of the economy. DuGay also is pondering whether to change the shop, such as making it online only or perhaps adding consignment to bring in more customers.

"I am thinking of different things."

In the meantime, she says her longtime customers are disappointed.