Thursday, November 29, 2018

Storefront closing because online business is booming - NTV

The Country Nest closing (KHGI)

After over a decade in downtown Kearney, another business is closing their doors.

The owner of The Country Nest said business is picking up and that's why she's closing down.

"I'm excited for myself but to see something I've worked for, for a long time... now I'm going to cry," said The Country Nest owner, Pamela Robbins.

After 11 years of having her business on The Bricks, Pamela Robbins is closing The Country Nest storefront.

She said this decision came from years of success selling her handmade décor online.

"The etsy shop has grown into a full time job so I have chosen to continue on with the etsy shop and work out of my home workshop," said Robbins.

She said for gift shops, sales are typically slow in the summer months but online that's not the case.

"My etsy shop was just going crazy with sales and it pretty much paid for a lot of the bills that my storefront was accumulating," said Robbins.

According to their website, etsy has 1.9 active sellers and 31.7 million active buyers.

With so many shops selling online, is this having an impact on our local economy? The City of Kearney financial director said soon it won't.

"The Supreme Court ruled that states can require online sales businesses to collect sales tax if they have a physical presence in the state of Nebraska," said financial director, Wendell Wessels. "So, beginning January 1 of 2019 any business will be required to collect sales tax for the state of Nebraska and the municipalities of the state of Nebraska."

Customers can continue shopping the country nest locally now through mid February, or online at her etsy shop.

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