We have a second Noz open up near us, so for them at least, business is booming.
Interestingly, I have noticed that on the "arts and crafts" front, they seem to have an astonishing amount of things go through their doors. Fine art products,such as paint, canvas, brushes etc, cones and balls of wool, "haby" items, beading items and so on.
As Noz is a "solderie" and buy up bankrupt stock etc, it does make you wonder though.
Are are these places who have sold these things in the past, shutting up due to pressure of internet shopping?
I remember when I was younger going up to our local knitting wool shop (we had two in a tiny village) and "laying aside" wool, which I would then buy as my pocket money came in. Loads of advice on hand and a MOUNTAIN of choice.
There are "merceries" still around in France, full of bits and bobs "you just might need", but all at a price.
There is a wonderful "haby" lorry that comes to our local market at Thouars on a Friday, and they sell everything you could imagine, and what they don't would fit in a thimble.
Also we have "La Tissuterie" (not sure of the spelling), and they have an excellent range of fabrics, haby items and staff willing and able to help.
On a crafting front, Life in France is good!