WICHITA — A rent increase is forcing the Onion Tree near Douglas and Hillside to close.
Bridgit Yinger, who opened the boutique to sell art in 2010, says her landlord informed her in September that her rent would be increasing by 81 percent.
“So it’s not a small increase,” she says.
Yinger says she’s been paying extra since then “so that I could make it through Christmas.”
Her last day in business is Jan. 15.
Yinger would one day like to find a new place to open in that area, but she thinks the earliest would be late spring.
“It’s really hard for me to say right now,” she says. “I’ll know more in January.”
We’ll keep you posted.