Wichita business owners are coming together to try and make sure they don’t have to close their doors again. The group is called Shop Safe Wichita and they are trying to make sure the city does not go back in restrictions in any way. The organizer says the pledge is about keeping their stores clean, and encouraging people to shop local.
Dawn Keene owns Ideal Feet in Wichita. Like small business owners around the country she says closures from the pandemic almost cost her her business.
“I was watching TV one evening and saw the national wellness seal and there’s been some commercials on it and did some research on it and thought as a business owner this would be a great thing to be part of,” said Keene.
Keene quickly realized the costs were too high as a small business owner. So she came up with the idea to partner with other local owners to create a pledge.