the little grocery store not far from us has a for rent sign in the window. we started to suspect something was up when the rather sparsely stocked shelves became even emptier. but now our suspicions have been confirmed. recently the awning trumpeting "green and organic goods", took on a lopsided aspect, and nothing was done about it. sort of underscoring its hopelessness. its presence made the whole street begin to look pathetically forlorn. and although the selection in the store was fairly limited at best; the produce scandalously past its prime, (and i wouldn't even have risked the meat and cheese) but they sold avalon milk and my favourite yogurt. generally the shelves offered up what we needed in a pinch, without requiring me to take transit. but as a convenience store it was lacking. 7-11 across the street and mac's down the block offered more. we are holding out the hope that someone takes it over and does it up proper.
the main street is beginning to look like a bit of a boneyard. this is just the latest casualty.
the little italian shop is no more. we cannot look forward to amazing gelato or brutally
refreshing a/c in the summer. the electronics fix-it guy seemed to be
there one day and gone the next. when i last spoke to him he waxed
wistfully about making a change and uprooting his life to edmonton to
be with his girlfriend, it seems he made it happen. he seemed a
determined sort. there was a rather shishi boutique called cherish went
belly up a couple months ago, but i thought that was just as well. they
sold a mishmosh of niche and trendy clothing, most of it pricey and the
clerks that manned the shop were snippy and unpleasant. good riddance.
and last but not least, a for rent sign has also sprung up in the window of kids' closet as
well. seems they're dropping like flies.
some of the already empty spaces are being taken over. a fresh slice will be opening up next to the starbucks. there is a small guy down the street and a panago down the block so it seems superfluous to me. how much of an appetite does the neighbourhood have for pizza anyway?
this is our neighbourhood. if it weren't for the cliched dollar store and sushi joints as well as the ubiquitous starbucks, it would amount to almost nothing at all.