Uptown Paws to close next month

WICHITA — After six years in business, Uptown Paws is closing at the end of June.

The shop, which is at the Shops at Tallgrass at 21st and Rock, is a dog and cat boutique that sells pet basics and more upscale items to pamper your pet.

The lease is up, and owner Lacey Vess-Vliet and her sister, Whitney Vess, decided not to renew.

“Things have changed a lot in six years,” Vess-Vliet says. “We’re a lot busier.”

They now have six children between them compared with Vess’ two children when they opened.

“It’s just a lot of work,” Vess-Vliet says.

She’d like to sell the business, but she says, “I really wasn’t quite sure how people even went about that.”

Vess-Vliet isn’t actively trying to sell the business, but she’s still open to it.

“That would be nice.”