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tashtori arts & crafts closing

On 17 Dec 2018 at 1:14pm TashTori wrote:
It is with regret that TashTori Arts & Crafts will cease trading on December 31st 2018. The move from Station St. to Riverside 2.5 years ago was successful and Saira & The-Stitchery ladies could not have been more welcoming.
The economic climate over this summer however, coupled with HobbyCraft opening in Brighton (with free parking), and the increase of on-line shopping have meant it is no longer sustainable for me to run an art and craft shop in Lewes.
Therefore if you would like a art bargain, pop in this week to see the closing down deals we have.
On 17 Dec 2018 at 4:30pm Earl of Lewess wrote:
Very sorry to see you go. We loved your shop and the wonderful, friendly service and were really pleased to learn that you were still trading at the Riverside. For the service and range of goods you gave, you deserved better than this - the retail climate has put too many good people out of business. Best of luck in the future.
On 18 Dec 2018 at 7:05am Rumpole wrote:
This is very sad and the clearest indication yet of the hypocrisy of the advocators of 'shop local ' and 'support independents' bluster. Lewes, supposedly being very much a creative, artistic and crafty town, one has to wonder where all the 'creatives' got their supplies from after all. Clearly not this excellent specialist independent that could cater for pretty much any need within the arts retail sector. I suspect, whilst lecturing everyone else on how to live their lives from their, ironically located, Carafe coffee shop lecturn, they simply resorted to Amazon for their supplies, Or it could be that Lewes is finally no different to any other suburb of London and the only requirement is the ability to look down ones nose at the quaint and quirky shops that used to flourish here whilst quietly propping up the cheating multi nationals.....
On 18 Dec 2018 at 11:48am Tom Pain wrote:
There's a lot of reasons for people shopping on line but the main one is that things are cheaper. Amazon obviously takes a cut and delivery is not free so how can this be? It must be down to not paying tax. So why don't the government do something? Because they are in the pocket of multinational corporations. Years ago when Cameron was p.m.he was being interviewed on TV about tax havens and saying how he was going to curb them a faint blush suffused his face. Perhaps it was because his family fortune was accumulated by advising people how to avoid paying tax. I'm not taking a poke at conservatives because none of the other parties have done anything either.
On 21 Dec 2018 at 12:10pm Fluppy wrote:
Very sorry to see Tashtori go. The retail rents in Lewes are obscene and landlords really donít care which is why the independents canít survive. The stress on independents just to cover the rent is unacceptable.
On 21 Dec 2018 at 5:46pm Arnold wrote:
I suppose this situation will only end when the landlords spend too long with empty shops. Unfortunately under this government - heavily on the side of landlords - this won't happen any time soon.
On 21 Dec 2018 at 6:19pm Nevillman wrote:
According to the office for national statistics 22% of all retail sales are online. For me it is higher. It is cheaper, easier, more convenient and I don't particularly like shops. It is cheaper because of economies of scale and reduced cost. The tax argument is irrelevant as it is tax on profit being avoided by Amazon. It stands to reason that retail sales in shops must drop by a similar amount (plus or minus any change in overall retail sales). This means that more shops will revert or convert to offices and houses which I suspect the majority of properties on School Hill were built as. I'm sorry for people who like shops but it seems inevitable. The High Street will not die but its use will change.

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