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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The View From My Window

I consider my little country town to be one of the prettiest small towns in Ontario.  We live in the midst of farm land in a town of six thousand residents.  Our town sits upon a meandering river which can slow to a trickle in the summer, and can also rage like a beast during spring run-off.  We have parks to play at, a pool to splash around in, and trails to walk, and ride on.

I feel so lucky to be living in such a peaceful town, where my children are safe to play with their friends.  I know and enjoy my neighbours, it is fun to catch up with a neighbour over the backyard fence.  We have a wonderful new public school for grades JK through to six.

Since I take such pleasure in my community, I also take my responsibility to give back to my town in the same way, quite seriously.  One of the most important things I can do is support the local businesses and shop here in town.

The merchants have suffered in the last several years.  With a large city so close in proximity it seems people gravitate toward strip malls and shopping centers and spend their money there.  The businesses in a small town support our activities, and I feel it is only right that I, in turn support the shops on my main street as best I can.

We have talented florists who provide arrangements and service like no other.  We have a sports store where they will take the time to find the perfect pair of skates for my child.  We have a chrysler dealer who helps to serve breakfast to school children at their before school program.  All the people who own and work in the shops and businesses in town, are also proud residents.

Small town service is service with a smile.  These folks go out of their way to make the customer happy.  These are the same people who greet you on the street as you walk by.

Think globally, shop local.



mamawee said...

that is a beautiful picture! good for you for trying to keep the local shops alive!

Christine said...

I love this! Sounds like you certainly do live in the prettiest little town in Ontario! What a beautiful photo!

Here on the Island, we also try to keep things local. We have no chains/franchises. Can you believe we don't have a Tim Horton's or a Walmart? I have to drive 74 min to get to Tim Horton's and 2 hrs to get to Walmart! The Island supports small Mom and Pop shops. It's so different from when I lived in the city. It's like taking a step back in time. Kind of refreshing.

The Zoo said...

I too live in small town Ontario.

The arrival of a large, well known chain is definitely changing the dynamics, however, not for me.

I still shop at locally owned grocery stores and take homegrown vegetables to the food bank.

I love the sense of community. Thanks for sharing about yours!

Besos, Sarah
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

Paula Schuck said...

I live in a not so tiny town but we love it here too. There are so many gorgeous spots in Ontario!

Great pictures!

Insane Mamacita said...

I live in a small remote town in Manitoba. We have some big chain stores here but we support the local shops too. And many people from outside our community come to ours to shop since they do have the amenities we do.

And we love that we know a lot of people in our town of about 5000. Definitely a safe place to live (compared).

Katrina said...

Gorgeous spot! I love small towns. People are definitely a lot friendlier. I'm a city girl at heart but if you want peace and comfort visit a small town!

Tarasview said...

I live in very small town Ontario but our closest big city is almost 5 hours away so by necessity we shop locally :)

Tracey said...

I love the pic. It looks so peaceful. I grew up in a small town and knew everyone. Now we are living in the burbs of a big city. So different.

Soozle said...

Beautiful indeed! :-) Looks like such a wonderful place to live!