Two Wichita consignment shops have been searching for a new owner, but only one has been successful.
The longtime Working Woman’s Shop at 2075 N. West St. has been in business since 1989 and will remain in business because Beverly Bormann is taking it over on Thursday.
“I shop in there all the time,” Bormann says.
The 3,200-square-foot store sells women’s clothing and home decor.
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Bormann doesn’t plan any immediate changes, though she says, “I do want to spiff it up a little bit.”
She may also slightly change the name at some point, such as adding the word “savvy” for “a little bit of flair.”
Further west, Teresa Miller is planning on closing Urban Renewal at the end of February.
Miller is the second owner of the 8-year-old shop, which is at 8999 W. Central near Tyler.
“We’ve just had some life events,” Miller says of why she’s closing.
“I just have to give something up,” she says. “We’ve kind of put it off and put it off.”
Miller also is an interior designer and will continue doing that.
“This has kind of been my part-time job,” she says.
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Miller says she’s still open to selling the shop, which she’s come close to a couple of times.
“It just hasn’t quite happened yet,” she says. “I had to put a time line on it finally.”
Miller says there are more than 1,000 consignors for the store.
“We have great customers. We have great consignors,” she says. “It’s like a little community.”
Miller says she’s met some great people through the store.
“We would love to see the tradition continue.”