By Ashley Yarchin
Sunset Hills (KSDK) - It's a story that sent brides, grooms and big event organizers scrambling. Last month, NewsChannel 5 got word that a Sunset Hills venue was shutting its doors at the end of the year, but now it seems the owner of the Two Hearts Banquet Center changed the rules of the game yet again.
In October, KSDK was told that all events booked through the end of the year would be honored, and everything beyond that would be refunded. But then, late last week, a banquet center client e-mailed the station, saying the closing date had been moved up to November 30.
The problem with that? Jane Walkup's annual antiques show, which she's held at Two Hearts for the last 25 years, is scheduled for December 9. All of her advertising has been made and distributed, and the contract has been signed since January. She and about 85 dealers, scheduled to be at the show, are out of luck.
Jane got her deposit back over the weekend, but without a place to hold the event, a correction on the advertising and a way to reach out to the hundreds who planned to attend, she said she'll take a hit financially now and likely down the line as well.
"I went to the hospital that night, and I was in the hospital for three days. I mean, I was really upset," Walkup said of the night she found out. "I think a lot of people just aren't going to come back, period, and we're gonna lose a lot of dealers 'cause they're going to have to go somewhere to do a Christmas show, so it effects my income, it effects their income."
NewsChannel 5 reached out to the owner of Two Hearts during research for both stories on this situation. The first time, he declined an on-camera interview, and this time, calls were not answered until after this story aired. The owner told NewsChannel 5 Monday evening that Two Hearts was always set to shut its doors December 1, and that all of his clients have been given numerous options for alternative venues within close proximity to the Sunset Hills location.