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.