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Flower shop closing; Chestnut Street Kitchens carries on

5/23/2012

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Dwayne's Designs is closing. But the spirit of the popular businessman still will be felt in downtown Hays.

Dwayne Spady, owner of the floral shop at 1308 Main who also sold gourmet products in a building next door to his business, died May 3 of a heart attack while delivering flowers.

His wife, Eugenia, is a registered nurse at Hays Medical Center, and two of their three sons live elsewhere, so the family decided to liquidate.

"It's not Dwayne's Designs without Dwayne," Eugenia Spady said.

But Dwayne's will live on.

The couple's youngest of three sons, David Spady, and his girlfriend, Sarah Polifka, decided to reopen Chestnut Street Kitchens this summer.

All merchandise in the floral shop, as well as Christmas items in Chestnut Street Kitchens, has been marked down considerably, with a target closing date of May 31. Employees started marking items at a 40-percent discount soon after their boss' death, and they now are 45 percent off in the floral shop and 75 percent off for Christmas items.

Once that inventory is gone, David Spady and Polifka will reorganize the Chestnut Street Kitchens building and open under the same name.

Spady is inventory manager at Lang Diesel, so he said Polifka will run the shop. He said he had helped his dad with the business, but never had thought of running it himself.

"It had a lot to do with (Polifka); she's real artsy," David Spady said. "She thought we should give it a try. This way, it's a son and not someone outside coming in."

Eugenia Spady still is unsure what she will do with the floral shop building.

Chestnut Street Kitchens still will carry its line of gourmet foods and spices, drinks such as teas and coffees, as well as salsa and dips. There also is some cookware and other kitchenware-type products.

"We will continue a lot of the same line and some of our own tastes," David Spady said.