Brightwater Ventures is Closing

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  1. guitarguy

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    Check Nick's Facebook page; his last day appears to be Monday the 18th. Bummer.

    I should say Our last day as I have been working there part time.
    Nick is a very nice guy but you can't change the economy.
    I know this because I am a Mortgage underwriter and have been laid off in 2009, 20011 and again in January of this year when loan volume dropped. Why did I ever think Banking would be stable? o_O
     
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  2. rick benjamin

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    That sucks.
     
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  4. bassman2

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    Yep - that sucks. I wish Nick the best and hope he and the employees land on their feet.
     
  5. guitarguy

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    That reminds me, I better to start looking for a another job! :eek:
     
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  6. stmcelroy

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    Sad day for sure. Had some awesome times hanging out and working at Brightwater Ventures.
     
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  7. JO JO

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    This is too bad I enjoyed going to the new store i also enjoyed dealing with mike at the old store
    before it moved
     
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    <- Why there aren't any school shootings in Israel!
    Teacher with long gun slung over her shoulder!!!

    Well, from what I heard Mike didn't treat Nick too well and cleaned out the bank accounts at the last moment. And Nick's been fighting an uphill battle since.

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  9. stmcelroy

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    ^^^^^^ Exactly and then sued him causing CONSIDERABLE damage.

    Mike may have started the business but he was also the reason he lost it and the reason why Nick didn't make it.
     
  10. Throckmorton

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    He fought an uphill battle for a long time,sometimes you just can't come out on top. btdt.
    Sad news for sure.
     
  11. Thebastidge

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    I've been in contact with Nick the last few weeks and got some back story directly from him. It is definitely hard times for all independents. Sucks to battle with even more than market forces. I wish him and his family well. He's moving his license to his house and working on getting his inventory out of the shop for the next couple days. He has plans to take care of all work in progress and get everyone paid off- closing in a class act kind of way.

    I imagine he's too busy with that to check in on all the chatter, but will be back around eventually.

    Brightwater Closing.jpeg
     
  12. guitarguy

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    Looks like he will be at the store from noon to 4 on Monday the 25th to sell the gun cabinets and other fixtures.
     
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  13. guitarguy

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    Nick will probably be available by appointment tomorrow to continue selling the glass cases.
     
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  14. ozmosis

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    Well that's sad, just went by there last week and looked like it was closed for hunting season. Guess not. Uphill battle to run a business starting out in the hole (legal and all that) plus the inventory going to the big stores and the little stores with empty shelves.
    Life is a endurance race, don't stop moving and keep breathing.
     
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  15. guitarguy

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    He is still trying to sell the glass display cases.
     
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    Any idea how much?
     
  17. guitarguy

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    I think they are $250 for a 6 foot case. He can be reached on facebook, ask about a volume discount.
    I think he still has a 6 foot craftsman work bench too. $50? ($189 new)
     
  18. Scott

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    That was not hard to figure that it would close.

    Mike should have kept it and it would still be open.
     
  19. stmcelroy

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    Mike couldn't keep it the ATF took his license away for not doing paperwork right.
     
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  20. guitarguy

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    Unfortunately, Mike couldn't keep it, he was losing his FFL....
     
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