Living in an old colonial town can be a very lovely thing. There’s lots of history and plenty of charm. However, I’m afraid we take it for granted sometimes.
The other night we had a Christmas tree lighting in our town. The merchants stayed open late and offered all kinds of special activities for their visitors.
One of the stores had a cookie decorating project which of course appealed to my girls. So, off we went. On the way, I saw an old bookstore that I had never visited before.
Through the window I could see people enjoying glasses of wine while shopping which of course made it mandatory that I check it out. Books and wine. A great combination.
I found a first edition Practical Cooking that I leafed through while sipping my wine. A fire was roaring away in the fireplace and it was just about the coziest shop on the planet.
After a few minutes, I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was Michael. He had slipped into the shop while I was browsing through the old cookbooks.
He had found a treasure trove of old lithographs that captured his attention.
And then he found a collection of vintage postcards of our town. He sat by the fire a good long time leafing through the pages of cards. I lost interest in my cookbook and stood there for awhile watching him.
It’s funny how we become numb to our surroundings. I mean, I’ve lived here for over twenty years and I’m just now discovering this very cool shop?
It makes me wonder what else I’m missing.
I rather liked chatting with the bookstore owner. He’s owned that shop for 32 years! He knew a lot about our town and was more than happy to answer questions about our town’s history. It was a fascinating conversation and it felt good to be there. Warm and cozy and that’s not the wine talking!
You could tell that the owner really cared about his customers. Such a difference from shopping at the big box stores.
Shopping local is a very good thing. And while it’s not always practical to do so, I endeavor to visit some of the smaller shops in my town in the new year.
How about you? Do you make it a point to shop local? Do you have any local favorites?