There is no better time to take a stroll through your neighbourhood than on these beautifully sunny and warm days that we have been having this summer.
The benefits of exploring your own neighbourhood go well beyond familiarizing yourself with your surroundings. Some people live their daily lives, shopping, working, banking right in their own neighbourhood because they don’t drive. Many others make a conscious choice to support as many local businesses as possible. Though they are capable of travelling anywhere, they see the importance of supporting their neighbourhood businesses.
One of the reasons that my husband and I chose the neighbourhood we moved to 15 years ago was because there were so many things we could do with our young children within a very small radius. Our son was starting JK that fall and the school was literally around the corner from our house. The library, bank, pharmacy, and our choice of parks were all nearby. We were also within walking distance to the world famous Stoney Creek Dairy (the deal was if we were heading out for an ice cream treat, we had to walk there and back), and an amazing pizzeria. Over the years we have added an Auto Mechanic, Accountant, Hairdresser, Independent Coffee Shop, our favourite restaurant, and various medical professionals to the list of local businesses that our family supports.
You see, the people who own and operate those local shops are your friends and neighbours. They provide a level of service that you cannot get at the big box stores or shopping malls. When you shop in a small business, you generally deal directly with the owner, get to know them on a first name basis and become part of their family. You will find that they will almost always go above and beyond to make you happy and ensure that you have had a pleasant experience shopping in their establishment. Why? It’s simple. They genuinely appreciate you. They appreciate that you have taken the time out of your day to choose to spend your hard-earned money on the goods they offer. And, of course, they want you to spread the word, telling your circle of family, friends and co-workers about their product and the service they received.