Business Owners Share Belief In Downtown Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - One store is packing up and closing in downtown Topeka. The other is just set to open.

They are going different directions, but the owners of the two locations share a common belief in the future of downtown Topeka.

The Kansas Avenue Market had its final day in business Saturday. On Monday, owner Anje Kearney was busy packing up and moving the final items from her location on South Kansas Avenue.

While she says the lull of the current construction was the final factor of many contributing to her ultimate decision to close, she encourages people to not forget downtown Topeka. Kearney says it is going to be a downtown that Topeka can be proud of, but she encourages people to go there now to support the businesses so that they will still be there when the revitalization project is finished.

Meantime, a new book and gift store and art gallery called "Creative Corners" is set to open Friday.

Co-owner Laura Cavender is busy putting the finishing touches on the store in the former Hillmer's location, 115 SE 6th Ave. Cavender says downtown has a great atmosphere. When she and her business partner and friend were weighing the decision to open, she says they were impressed with how excited people downtown were about the future opportunities about other small businesses coming to join them.

Creative Corners will have a ribbon cutting Friday morning and plans to be open during First Friday Artwalk activities.