Businesses for sale; the cafe can close
Several buildings in downtown Marion and the Marion Commercial Park are for sale or change hands.
The owners of Silk Salon have put their building up for sale and are looking to relocate the salon and spa downtown.
Robin Miles said the 1240 Commercial Dr. building is spacious and has been a good place to operate during her two years in Marion, but she wants to feel more “part of town”.
“I wish I had a clothing store,” Miles said. “I would like to be in town, where you see me. I just thought it would be easier for me and my scissors to move around.
She also wants to participate in community events such as downtown and Christmas treats.
A building that housed another retail store in the business park has been sold.
The Trace of Copper Building, where Tracy Hett created metallic scenes of rural Kansas before her death, has been sold, though her daughter, Allison, declined to say who bought the building.
Hett’s work has been marketed in his studio and in Kansas tourist information centers and other places. He passed away in July.
A restaurant in downtown Marion cut its hours and put the building up for sale after 11 months of activity.
Café 256 announced last week that it will be open three days a week instead of five. The hours are now from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.
Owners Tim and Barbara Melendy moved to Marion from Arizona and opened the business so they could live closer to their sons and Barbara’s sister in Wichita.
“We felt spiritually guided here,” said Barbara.
Business has been slow and the price of supplies has risen, Tim said.
The price hike in July did not help profits, he said. If business does not resume, Café 256 will close its doors.
“Right now we’re at the point where we’re making a last ditch effort to see if we can keep it open,” he said. “If we can, we’ll keep it open. “
Many customers have been positive, he said.
The Melendys have no plans for what they might do if they go out of business. They haven’t even decided whether or not to stay with Marion.
“We really haven’t gotten that far with what we’re doing,” Tim said. “We’ll wait and see what happens.”
Marion wellness center
Neighbors recently noticed that fitness equipment had been removed from a building that housed the Marion Wellness Center at 110 E Main St.
The business was operated by Lori Lalouette Crawford. She could not be contacted to discuss the removal of the equipment.
Building owner Timothy Wiens of Newton could not be reached for comment either.