Building houses on prime farmland won’t do as much to improve the fortunes of Summerland’s retail community as a little whispered wisdom.
It’s a well-kept secret that this is a great place to shop.
I believe in shopping locally, but I also do all of my grocery shopping in Summerland because I save money and get good service.
All of the staff at the Food Emporium, for example, are friendly and helpful and, to borrow from Cheers, I like to shop “where everybody knows my name.”
For excellent computer sales and service and other things electronic, I need go no farther than Bad Robot on Main Street. Again, the service is patient and personal. Why would I travel to a larger centre to be just a number on a work order?
The rising price of gasoline may become a wake up call, but don’t wait for that. Shop in Summerland because it’s good value and it’s easy.
But don’t tell anyone; keep it a secret. If all Summerlanders start shopping locally, overcrowding will be the next problem.