The aftermath of a fire and a series of unfortunate events permanently closes this beloved local Brookside shop.
The owner writes . . .
After losing my husband and business partner in late October, I struggled with how I was going to maintain the store, as he was an integral part of The New Dime Store. He was not visible on a daily basis, but he was my support and my financial guide. The fire in late December wiped out our inventory and much of my personal reserve. Replacing the inventory could take several months due to the COVID-19 disruption of the supply chain. In December we were still awaiting some orders made in May. So, I have made the difficult decision to close the business.
A sign that owner Kimberly Harris is truly a thoughtful person:
"I have been deeply touched -- almost overwhelmed -- by you and the others who so generously contributed to the Go Fund Me. You offered support to get through the accident and move forward . I am so grateful for the support: it is helping me move forward. However, given the decision to close the store, I will not be using any of those funds. I have asked Go Fund Me to return your donation(s) and those of all who rallied to my aid. If you made a contribution, you should receive 100% of your money back within 3 - 7 business days. A few people literally dropped envelopes of cash at the door. This was a staggering show of support, that could probably only happen in Brookside. Thank you. I am personally tracking down those individuals and returning their money. Thank you all for your kindness and support through the years. You may see me in the future in a new store. The future is not entirely clear right now."