Neighbor complaints may cause local winery to close

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A family-owned winery is on the brink of shutting its doors for good. That’s all because of noise complaints from neighbors.

Wine Barn Owner Celeste Mikijanis said it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced out of business.

“This is my children’s future. This is my parents' dream that I took on and intended fully to pass it on to my children and now it’s just gone,” Mikijanis said.

Some neighbors living right next to this winery aren’t too happy about the live music played during the summer and took their complaints to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County.

The Unified Government agreed and declined to renew the Wine Barn’s special use permit for live music.

Mikijanis said that decision will cripple the business because the live music brings in at least 40 percent of her profits.

“It’s like having a hair salon and the city saying you can still cut hair but you can’t color hair,” she said.

This news came as a surprise because Mikijanis said followed all of the permit’s requirements. She’s restricted to a certain number of events, decibel level, and time frame.

The live music can only be heard on Fridays during the summer from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Barbara Herndon came to the events several times with her family.

“I live in Missouri. I don’t have a say in the commission meetings but if I can come here and support financially,” Herndon said.

With no live music, Mikijanis said she doesn’t know how else to compete with the other farm wineries around. Her seven-year run might soon come to an end.

“I’m devastated. That’s the only word I can bring to mind at the moment,” she said.

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