The journey behind Stawell’s popular home and garden store Inika began in 2007, importing product throughout Indonesia and Bali.
It evolved over the years to meet market demand, its stock continued to change and suddenly Inika was drawing hordes of locals and people from afar.
But the shop will close its doors on Sunday, December 10. Business owner Michelle Rathgeber said it was the most heartbreaking decision she had been forced to make.
“It has unfortunately become increasingly difficult to operate from our current location – due to these circumstances that are out of our control we have to make a very heartbreaking decision, turning our operations in Stawell to a close,” she said.
Ms Rathgeber could not provide any further details about the store’s closure, but said stock including handbags, jewelry, scarves and aromatherapy would be transferred to Inika Indulge, across the street.
“We are working closely with council to look at other options to expand our other store Inika Indulge to create a lifestyle store all under one roof – Fingers crossed this may be a viable option.” she said.
“We hope to create the same feel and journey in Inika Indulge, because when you walk through Inika it is a journey – it is something special.”
Ms Rathgeber also said they would be opening a new coastal store in Portarlington in January, next year.
She said while the new challenge excited her, it was emotional to say goodbye.
“Closing Inika has been one of the most heartbreaking decisions we have ever had to make in our lives, given we have put our heart and souls into it and have had many loyal followers throughout our journey,” she said.
“We have really enjoyed the journey over the years – contacts, local patrons and tourists that have enjoyed and supported the store.
“We sincerely thank all of our loyal staff, customers and council throughout the years for their loyal support.”
Ms Rathgeber said there would be “something off everything” in store until its closure date.
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