First of all, I am sorry to the owners of Mtn Miser. I never shopped at the store, but it is always a bummer to see a local business have to shut down.
I just want to chime in and disagree with what NHINDS posted. So, as Ron Burgundy says, "I agree to disagree"
Whitelightning's post said it very well! Most of the online kayaks shop ARE the local mom and pops stores, and are NOT big corporations. The kayaking industry is very, very small; therefore, it is only natural for these businesses to adapt to the competitive market and build online websites. With the increase in e-commerce shopping worldwide, it would seem logical and intelligent for a local shop to build an online store. For these shops to sit back and wish everybody shopped locally would be a great way for their business to never make any money or to become extinct. It is not fair to blame consumers for wanting to shop online. Especially if these consumers don't have a local shop or prefer a certain shop because they receive extrodinary customer service, a variety of choices, and, yes, competitive prices.
There are way to many other factors that contribute to the growing trend that NHINDS mentioned. Labeling online shopping as the sole problem to a local business shutting down is not a fair statement.