Clintonville ranks high in supporting small businesses by a company that seeks to provide local enterprises with new customers, but the local picture isn't rosy for all.

Lily Shahar Kunning, owner of Boline Apothecary, announced that she has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, "citing typical small-business woes with cash flow, too much debt and low margins."

Kunning said last week that the store at 15 W. Dunedin Road in Columbus will close Wednesday, Nov. 22.

"The brick and mortar was just killing us with the cost of keeping it open," Kunning said. "My lease is up to the end of the year and it just didn't make any sense to endure a rent increase along with the overhead of keeping the business open."

When she opened the shop in 2013, the owner wrote in her announcement that "it filled a niche Columbus did not know it had: a place for bulk herbs, spices, essential oils and a house line of remedies, body care and tonics made by shop herbalist, Lily Kunning."

"I started my trade, hung up my shingle and very soon the shop was buzzing with people wanting to learn about and consume herbs," Kunning said in a statement issued Oct. 25.

Boline Apothecary won a "Best of Columbus" award from Columbus Monthly in 2015, she said.

Customers were notified of the impending closing by email and social media.

"While many are concerned that remedies that I make will no longer be available, I wanted to assure folks that I am still an herbalist and will continue to make the products that they have come to depend upon," Kunning wrote.

"My big concern about closing the shop is many people without access to money or insurance will go without remedies. I saw and gave away a lot of treatments to Columbus' houseless population and the working poor and uninsured."

Kunning raised the possibility of holding a community clinic, if enough interest is expressed and support offered.

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