NOKOMIS — In a year that has resulted in new businesses opening during the COVID-19 pandemic, another local business is opening its doors next month. This is especially true in the city of Nokomis.
In this instance, a building that was once the bowling alley is getting a much-needed new life, thanks to Scott and Courtney Robinson.
ThriftFair Community Resale is opening its doors on Jan. 8, 2021, marking the Robinsons’ second brick-and-mortar business in town. The Robinsons own and operate Nokomis FunShop, located at 115 W. State Street.
The concept for the store came following the purchase of the building from Brett Mills.
After closely inspecting the building, he knew that it needed a lot of work done to it.
“Another piece of history has been saved in the Nokomis community with a new story to tell,” states Robinson.
Expect savings on clothing, furniture, books, games, and more
Robinson states that ThriftFair will offer savings on a wide variety of items. Whether it is new or used clothing, home décor, books, games, or anything in between, you could save more than you would if you purchased it at a retail store.
“It’s a great feeling to know you’re getting more for less by choosing to shop at a local thrift store over a traditional retailer,” Scott says. “We wanted a way to offer thrift type products locally and decided on the ThriftFair theme.”
Robinson also notes the pricing will be very reasonable compared to the nationwide retail chains. He would additionally note that those operations also have a large overhead.
“This is a mom and pop operation,” Robinson adds. “Our prices will reflect that.”
The ThriftFair Buffalo Exchange
Robinson says the store will also offer locals another way to shop for bargains. He is implementing a program he calls the Buffalo Exchange.
“When customers open a Buffalo Exchange account, they receive store credit for quality resealable items they bring into the store to trade,” states Robinson.
Robinson would note that a donation box will be available on the side of the building for those wishing to donate unwanted items.
Proud to provide additional tax revenue in Nokomis
Another important thing regarding ThriftFair is becoming a new business contributing new tax revenue for Nokomis. Throughout 2020, new businesses have been coming to Nokomis, adding new sales tax revenue to the books. ThriftFair is among one of the new businesses opening in the new year.
“In addition to offering locals a new fun shopping experience, a new store will bring in additional tax revenue for the city,” Robinson notes. “This is something everyone should be concerned about. One day, I’d like to see this city shine, and that requires money.”
Updated information and promotional offers will be available through their website as well as on Facebook.
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Jake Leonard, a broadcast media and journalism veteran, is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. Leonard is also GM and program director of Heartland Newsfeed Radio Network, wrestling editor and contributing writer for Ambush Sports, a contributing writer for My Sports Vote and Midwest Sports Network, and a former contributor to Bleacher Report and Overtime Heroics. He resides at home in Nokomis, Ill. with his dog Buster.
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