WICHITA — In October, Kay's This N' That turned 40, and owner Kay Hettenbach declared it was time to call it quits.
She hoped to sell her costume and accessory shop at Second and Anna, but Hettenbach has changed her mind.
"My customers are so loyal to me, and we just think so much of the people who shop here, we just decided, OK, we're going to stick it out."
Customers are who changed her mind.
"I had people coming in, and they were actually crying tears because I was leaving," Hettenbach says. She initially thought "it would be just an easy thing to do, and it just really wasn't because then I'd get upset."
"It was a lot harder than I thought it would be."
The costumes that Hettenbach made herself had an influence, too.
"They're kind of like my kids," she says. "I found I was being kind of picky on who I was going to sell to."