BUSH MYERS: Business owner Anita Blanch in Proston's department store, NB Inspirations, which her business partner Nick Blanch opened to fill a gap in the community.
BUSH MYERS: Business owner Anita Blanch in Proston's department store, NB Inspirations, which her business partner Nick Blanch opened to fill a gap in the community. Jessica McGrath

Much loved business may close by Christmas

PROSTON'S young business owners made a sad announcement on their business's eighth birthday today.

NB Inspirations owners Nick and Anita Blanch marked eight years of setting up the country department store in Proston with a sale on October 20.

Unfortunately, they announced in a Facebook video, the eight per cent off sale only brought in less than 10 people.

"This has been an ongoing problem, and its something we probably need to address," Mr Blanch said.

This will be their last NB's birthday celebration if they continue to struggle to attract customers.

"It has been very quite and it continues to be very quiet," he said.

"Anita and I have never really taken any money out of any of our businesses in town, we've just reinvested and used it for wages."

The couple, who also own the Jacaranda Tearooms, have used up any excess money they can in the businesses.

They have always sold their items at market value, or below, but can not keep holding sales to bring in new customers.

"This is our effort of telling you we really need the support," Mr Blanch said.

Being one of the few businesses in the main street, they employ Proston residents, including high school students to give them crucial experience working in a job.

They have decided they will see the Christmas shopping through, but if the store does not get any busier than the last few months they will have to close the store.

"Support local, come in and see us, and buy all of your Christmas gifts," Mrs Blanch said.

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