The biggest hurdle for the local business has been the proliferation of online shopping, including pet-oriented and convenient websites like Chewy.com, said Dickinson. However, the poor tourist seasons in recent years, due to lack of snow and the wildfire smoke “was the nail in the coffin.”

After 26 years in business, the Ingraham family last week closed Noah’s Ark Feed Barn in Mount Shasta.

It was a difficult decision, said Kelly Dickinson, who worked in the store with her sister, Lori Barnaby and parents, Ken and Laura Ingraham.

Before the Ingrahams purchased the business 15 years ago, it was located on Ski Village Drive.

The biggest hurdle for the local business has been the proliferation of online shopping, including pet-oriented and convenient websites like Chewy.com, said Dickinson. However, the poor tourist seasons in recent years, due to lack of snow and the wildfire smoke “was the nail in the coffin.”

Dickinson said the store relied heavily on “steady Freddys,” who come in on schedule to get their pet and livestock supplies at the Lassen Lane store. But tourists who come to Mount Shasta in the summer and winter months often stopped in to pick up pet supplies they might have forgotten at home, such as collars, leashes and dog food bowls.

Dickinson said her family wants to thank all their customers, many of whom became friends over the years. These relationships wouldn’t have formed in a larger city, she added.

Now that Noah’s Ark is closed, Dickinson said she landed a job at Scott Valley Feed in Yreka, where she hopes her customers will visit. She starts in her new role next week, she said.

Barnaby is near to finishing her AA and will most likely move on to attaining her Bachelor’s Degree next year, while the Ingrahams plan to “retire and be happy,” said Dickinson.

“It has been a good run,” Dickinson said. “I will miss everyone. I might not know every single customer’s name, but let me tell you, I know the names of all their pets.”