Personally Yours to move, expand at NewMarket Square

WICHITA — When Have You Heard? last checked in with Personally Yours owner Linda Webb, she was making what she called “the big move” from 21st and Tyler to NewMarket Square at 21st and Maize Road.

More recently, Webb says she had to make a choice: Either expand the shop or retire.

“We are expanding,” she says.

Her store, which Webb describes as a ladies and babies gift boutique featuring custom embroidery, is jumping from 1,260 square feet to 2,300 square feet.

“We’re just moving across the parking lot,” Webb says.

She’s taking the former Wild at Heart space.

The move and expansion will allow more room for merchandise, including new product lines, and will make space for parties and seminars.

For instance, last year Webb says she had a seminar on decorating for the holidays with things already at your house. “We had a lot of fun with it, but we were just on top of each other.”

She had to turn down a local cookbook author who wanted to have a signing there.

“This way, we will have some room to do those,” Webb says of the new space.

She’ll also have a small rest area with chairs, beverages and a rotating assortment of items from local bakeries.

“I’ve always tried to promote … other local businesses,” Webb says.

She’s closing her existing space on June 30 and will reopen in the new space on July 7.

April Reed of Slawson Cos. handled the deal.

The store is a second career for Webb, who was a teacher for 38 years.

As she and her husband, Michael, have gotten older, Webb says they reconsidered the store.

“We thought about calling it quits,” she says. Finally, though, she says she decided that “I’m not ready to slow down.”

Although she says she’s dreading the move, Webb says she’s excited for the expanded space.

“It’s just kind of a new adventure.”