Owner Monica Istas bags up some candy preparing for this past Halloween (photo courtesy calamityacres.blogspot.com)
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Penny Annie’s Sweet Shoppe at 704 Main Street in downtown Eudora has closed its doors for good.
“It was a combination of things,” owner Monica Istas told us. “I’ve got some health issues, some personal issues and most importantly the health inspections were just way too much. I had to start thinking about myself.”
Istas described a recent health inspection by Douglas County officials where they identified a mouse problem in the store.
“I saw no evidence of any mouse problem, but I immediately got on the phone even before the health inspector left to get someone out here to take care of the issue,” Istas said. “The exterminator came out and did a complete and thorough check of the building and he couldn’t find any mouse problem either.”
Istas said that the inspector returned after the exterminator visit and, while they satisfied that any type of mouse issue was resolved, Istas was convinced that they were going to document other possible violations.
“It was at that moment that I said, ‘You know what, I’m just done.’ With everything else I have going on, it’s not worth the battle.”
Istas has struggled to keep the doors of the business open. Penny Annie’s was originally slated to open in summer 2011, but was delayed for several months trying to satisfy demands of the health inspector. The business finally opened in late 2011 after moving to Eudora from Lawrence and had only moderate success during its days in Eudora.
“We never were able to get the customer numbers we needed,” Istas said. “I saw a lot of people from Lawrence who were customers there. Most of the customers we had were from out of town.”
Istas said that the shop officially closed at the end of February and that an auction would be taking place in the near future to sell off the equipment and antique items in the store. Istas added that Rebel Roxie Rose would be offering a few of the shop items at their online site as well. Penny Annie’s was known for the antique wood shelves, counters and many antique items in the store.
“It will be sad to see it go, but at the same time it will be a relief.”