Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2005

Antique store closed - for now

November 10, 2005

Since closing their store, Babe & Grayce's Antiquables, in October, owners Robert and Catherine Fabian have had a lot on their minds - and in their house, where they are storing merchandise that didn't sell.

Babe & Grayce's had been open for one year at 112 N. Main St. The Fabians decided to close the store in anticipation of the Kansas Highway 7 improvement project, which would cut off access to parking near the store.

Catherine Fabian said the landlord of the Main Street property was willing to work with her and offered a month-to-month lease so the store could remain open until construction came to that section of the road. However, Catherine Fabian said she "(couldn't) get any decent information" about when that block would be affected, so she didn't want to wait too long.

"For small-business owners, there isn't anything to fall back on," Catherine said.

The construction on Main Street not only closed the shop but will keep it closed until the Fabians can find a suitable new place. Robert Fabian said he and his wife are "being really choosy about the location because we don't want to get in the same predicament again" of having roadwork take away parking or access to the building.

Despite construction woes, the Fabians, who have lived in Lansing for about two and a half years, said they do not want to take their business elsewhere.

"That's the last thing we want to do," Catherine said. "We don't want to be just another antique store in Leavenworth."

The couple said they planned to wait until spring to reopen so they can find out more about the impact of the road construction and look for a new location. Catherine said she probably would not start rebuilding the store's inventory until she found out where the new location would be. When Babe & Grayce's does reopen, Catherine said she planned to return to the niche it had carved.

"I want to provide genuine antiques that can be used as home decor," she said. "I don't see changes as far as the type of inventory we will carry."

Currently, both Robert and Catherine Fabian are working at Superior Lexus in Kansas City, Mo.

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