Bee’Tween Friends has officially changed hands.
The downtown Arkansas City boutique — formerly owned by a trio of friends named Tracy Pingry, Sissy Kingsbury and Donetta Pappan — will reopen this month with new owners and a brand-new look.
Heath and Kristeen Jane’t already have started making changes to the shop, which is located at 206 S. Summit St.
“We have never had a storefront,” said Kristeen Jane’t. “We’ve done lots of craft shows (and) vendor events in the past. This is what we call our ‘God dream.’”
The couple, who live near Geuda Springs, had been looking to open a storefront for some time before purchasing Bee’Tween Friends.
“We did a lot of looking and praying,” Kristeen said. “We heard Bee’Tween Friends was selling what we thought to be only the building, and went to check it out. In the process, we heard they were selling the business also.”
The couple are not natives of Ark City — Heath comes from Harper and Kristeen hails from Wichita — but they do attend church here.
“We lived in Wichita after we got married,” said Kristeen Jane’t. “We started looking for a house in the country and found a perfect place northwest of Geuda.”
They live on 20 acres, and have commuted to and from Wichita ever since purchasing the property.
“I will still be working in Wichita for a while,” Kristeen said. “Heath will be running the store.”
Bee’Tween Friends changes
There will be some new flair to Bee’Tween Friends when it officially reopens at 9 a.m. Jan. 13.
“We are hoping the atmosphere changes just with the changes we’ve made to the layout (and other changes),” said Kristeen Jane’t.
One of the new additions is a children’s play area.
“We blocked off some space so mommas (or daddies) could let their kids play while they shopped, hopefully a little less distracted,” she said.
“We have a kids-sized table and chairs, some toys and coloring books. We are also changing products up a bit, too.”
While the store still will have consigners, there will be new items, as well.
Additional furniture, antiques and farmhouse décor also will be debuted.
The new hour of Bee’Tween Friends will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.