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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Another empty store front in Selinsgrove: Weaver’s Nest on Market Street was forced to shut its doors for good before the holidays.
“It wasn’t making a profit,” said Nate Fisher, whose wife Tess opened the store on March 10.
Fisher opened the store with the hopes that local people would want to buy unique hand made items like sweaters and painted glass.
“I enjoy buying hand made stuff, but craft shows are not all the time,” Tess Fisher told the Orange Street News at the opening.
In December Michael’s Family Restaurant shut its doors for good. The owner Judy Stahl told the Orange Street News that the “Borough Council do not care about the businesses.”
Earlier this year the Hip Hop Hippy shop shut down after only being open a few months.
Velocity Firearms, located on Market Street in Selinsgrove, recently told the Orange Street News that his gun selling store might have to shut its doors in January.
“Its unfortunate, but we just aren’t making a lot of sales,” Margel told the OSN.
Last March, an Orange Street News investigation revealed that out of the forty-seven store fronts on Market Street between West Pine and University Avenue nearly one fifth are empty or for rent and that number doesn’t include the buildings that are houses or apartments.
Domenico Napoli, who owns Bella’s Pizzeria on Market Street, believes that one of the reasons might be that too many people are skipping the downtown and shopping at the strip or the mall.
“You need to do something different downtown rather than have the same items all the time. There is no variety. There is no reason why someone would come downtown and shop because there is nothing to shop for anymore. A shoe store, anything that would attract the female demographic area. You know if the woman wants to shop the husband will follow,” said Napoli.