Inflation is a factor pushing longtime Old Town business owners to announce closures

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – A long-standing business in the Old Town, loved by many over the years as a creative paint and wine date option, is part of a pair of downtown businesses of Wichita that share a location and are scheduled to close next month. Pinot’s Palette and small wine and spirits retail store, Beyond Napa, have the same owners who announced plans to close both businesses, citing the decision to shut it down next month largely due to the effects pandemic and high prices.

Pinot’s Pallet and Beyond Napa owners Ruthanne Timm-Siedhoff and Shawn Siedhoff said they were isolated for about a year due to construction and soon after their street reopened the pandemic hit.

Given rising commodity prices, in addition to fewer customers, the owners said it was fiscally impossible for them to keep their doors open.

“Especially Pinots Palette because it is a place of entertainment and our cost [was] get up there and we can’t raise our prices any further,” Ruthanne said.

And getting branded staple liquor has been a challenge for local stores. Ruthanne and Shawn announced the news of the closures on social media on Friday. The news surprised many.

The couple have owned an Old Town business for 35 years.

City Arts executive director Alisha Gridley said the situation was “heartbreaking” and, referring to the closure of Pinot, said the city “will definitely feel it” with the loss of a creative business.

Ruthanne said the hardest part of the decision to close was sharing this news with customers.

“There was a man the other day (at Pinot’s Palette), and I told him we were closing, and he said, ‘I’ve been here 81 times to paint,'” she said. “And he had tears in his eyes, and he said, ‘This place brings me such joy.'”

Now Ruthanne and Shawn say they are looking forward to the next chapter and are trying to sell all their booze before closing time next month.

“We have a lot to sell and would like to go out with a bang rather than a whine,” Ruthanne said.

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