I live in a small city, I always say this and I’m not sure what people think, it’s a city, yes, but not like one with all the things in a big city or even a suburb. The population is @ 43,000, and we are near the Kennedy Space Center, so many people are employed via the Space program etc. Yes we do worry a bit at the end of the shuttle program and what is next for us locally…but I digress.
Many things that I took for granted when suburban living are now harder to come by. Eating out is one of them. You’re good if you want to hit a fast food gastric nightmare, we have all of those, and in most cases 3 or 4 of them….yes, and our city does have 2 or 3 exits of of I-95, one is questionable as it’s really the small town north of us. That town has one red light and recently got a Walgreen’s…good golly!.
So our town has fast food, and a few local decent restaurants, and a BBQ Chain, family chain, a Cracker Barrel out by the highway etc…….but not much else…..if you want to really eat out……you’re going 30 miles north, south or west. I promise.
Shopping is even more limited. There are 2 half empty, 1960’s era malls….one has a JCP anchor, one has a Sears…..the interiors are appalling…..the decor hasn’t been updated much. 2 summers ago we got a brand new Target….with a Starbucks even inside……..amazing! We got a Marshall’s too. We have that other W store, but I don’t shop there.
Ok Ok, so we have two nice grocery stores and a couple others too…..but sometimes you need stuff for less $$. We have a membership to BJ’s which is like Costco, or a S club…but again, I can’t go there…lol.
The BJ’s is right near Kevin’s office, 30 miles southeast of here. They are good for some things, but unless you have storage room, and I don’t, it can be frustrating because you can’t store the large sizes. I sent Kevin there today for ground pepper, have you priced how much that stuff is lately, a normal size can at the grocery is over $5.00….wow. So it was much better at BJ’s and we won’t need more for 5 years…lol. I guess it could go bad. He goes there regularly for white grape juice, splenda, peanut butter, preserves, all priced better than the grocery. Isn’t he the bomb?
Do you have certain things you must buy elsewhere? Would your sig. other shop for you? I am proud to say my man will.
Living in a small city is not for the faint of heart.