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I was not surprised to see this in the article:
Several factors led to the Kitchen Gallery's closing. Years of construction on the east side of the Capitol Square, Doty Street and King Street cut down on summer foot traffic at the store.
But more than that, Kelly said, was the phenomenon of shoppers coming in to ask questions about All-Clad sauté pans, Emile Henry tagines and Henckels knives, only to leave and buy the items online.
I would have a hard time dealing with that as a business owner but I know it's just the way things are. I do wonder how many of those people nod in agreement with a buy local ethos when the subject comes up in social circles.
I can't claim to have bought anything from them but cooking isn't my thing and most of our stuff is hand-me-downs. Half our household buys online and I try to balance it out by buying local. Not always at locally-owned stores but at least employing local people. I'm trying to limit my bitching about a changing world but I really hope brick & mortar can find a way to survive in the future without everything turning into a Costco.