WICHITA — A tradition is coming to an end in Newton.
Becky Stineman is closing Katherine’s, the women’s shop her mother opened in the summer of 1959 at 615 N. Main St.
“I think it will be a very big loss for Newton, and I feel guilty about that,” Stineman says. “And yet I feel like I have put in my time.”
Her mother, Katherine Hanna, worked at the shop until her death in 1991.
Stineman has been working in the shop for about 50 years including her high school days. At one point she ran the former Katydid shop, which she and her mother had for younger female customers.
There’s a chance Stineman could sell Katherine’s. There are a couple of interested parties. Otherwise, she has to be out of the space by July 30 at the latest.
When she leaves, it will be the end of an era for her family in more ways than one.
Her grandfather and uncle used to have the retail shop Hogan’s, which also was in the 600 block of Main Street. That store opened in 1913.
“There’s been a member of my family on Main Street in Newton for almost 100 years,” Stineman says.
She isn’t sure how her mother would feel about her closing the shop.
“I don’t know,” Stineman says. “I’ve thought about that a lot.”
She’s already worked at the business nine years longer than her mother did.
“That made me feel a little better.”