I needed to pick up some crochet supplies over the weekend to get started on the baby blanket I’m making for my boss for when she has her baby next month and I saw there was a knitting shop downtown in the Main Street area, so I decided to make Saturday a Going Downtown kinda day. I made up a list of a couple places I wanted to check out while I was there, and off I went around noon.

Can I just say–I take back everything bad I ever said about this town. There’s a place in upstate New York called Lake Placid; it’s this charming little town tucked away in the mountains. My favorite thing about that town the two times I visited was the Main Street shopping. Such cute little trinket stores, unique places, independent merchants… I fell in love each August.

My town–the one where I live now–has Main Street shopping to rival Lake Placid. I think if it was down to just the shops, my town would win in my heart. Keep in mind, I have lived here a year and a half and have hated every second of it. Until Saturday. I friggin love this town.

Everything about it screams “small town”. Not “stupid university campus town”, but “beautiful, intimate, eccentric small town”. From the knitting store where the shopkeeper accepted Canadian money to the paper store in the historic district with its bookbinding classes, everything made me smile. Everyone I encountered was so friendly and the store clerks were so very familiar with their customers, chatting long after they were done ringing up the purchases.

On a whim, I ventured into a shop boasting bookstore and tearoom. They mostly sold books and other items related to spirituality. Music for meditation was playing over the loudspeakers and the whole atmosphere of the place relaxed me more than I thought possible. I usually feel awkward and out of place browsing in shops, especially when I have no intention of buying anything, but there I felt welcome and serene.

I feel serene just thinking about it.

Like, it’s hard for me to transition topics because I feel so serene.

I guess that’ll have to do.

I also stopped by the farmers market in the historic district on my way to a couple other shops. I had a ten-dollar bill in my purse, and I had no regrets spending it all there. I even treated myself to a cherry batter doughnut from one of the vendors for 65 cents. I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it normally, but in the 90-degree (32ΒΊC) heat, it was warm and delicious. Probably one of the best doughnuts I have ever had.

As a side note, I’ve been getting back into writing poetry, and I know some of you are into that as well, or at least into writing in general. If you have a recommendation for a nice poetry-sharing website or online community where users can give feedback and such, I would much appreciate it. :love:

12 thoughts on “Down(my)town

  1. golly that looks good. gotta love good shopping. I don’t think our downtown has any, but we’re not far from other towns that do

  2. That image does not look like a donut. I thought it was an icy something. Upstate New York, ah. I didn’t get that far. I did get to the East Coast though. I am in dire need of getting back over. Let me get back to you on the poetry site. I do know of one, but I have to see if she is still online still.

  3. That’s nice to have a shopping area like that nearby! I really like the small town feel, where it’s more laid back and welcoming. It’s a nice break away from fast paced, busy cities. And, that donut looks really good πŸ™‚ It makes me want a donut now!

  4. I’m not a poet but I am getting into writing again. My friend and I are challenging ourselves to 50000 words in a month.

    I love small towns. I mean I would never want to live there but I LOVE visiting them and going into these small stores. It’s always so nice and quaint and they have the most unique stuff. I recently found a nice store near my neighbourhood that I fell in love with. It has all the vintage stuff I want. I mean stationery wise.

  5. So many smiles from reading this post! πŸ™‚ Your segue was quite fine too. :3

    I’m glad you changed your mind about your quaint little town. I feel like I’m forever going to think my town is a little hole, and last week my favourite house with all the roses had them all cut down, and there are always shootings and other unpleasant things, but I still like where I live. I wish there were more interesting places to go… but oh well.

    Sometimes I feel terribly awkward in shops where people will watch me and make me feel uncomfortable. That honestly happens all the time. -_- I would like to visit a place where you can freely roam the shops without feeling uncomfortable. Now I remember there’s a town a few down from mine, and I always feel comfortable around there.

    I like little places. :3

    Nom nom doughnut :3

  6. I adore towns with great downtown shopping. Sadly we don’t have that around here – most of the shops have closed up. Southside of Pittsburgh has some of the cutest shops known to man! With the visit in July I’m hoping to sneak into a couple shops before I have to set up the benefit.

    Oh my, I’ve been wanting to make doughnuts for so long.

  7. Yummy doughnut! In where I live, doughnuts are experimented, so it’s fun to try some of it here sometime.

    Reading it makes me feel peace even for just a quick read. You rarely encounter these things here. Mostly, in stores, vendors are these gum chicks and flirts. Talking to them is bad if you’re not some hot guy or same as her thing. But otherwise, the chick will have to kill herself just to make the hot guy familiar to her memory. I’ve been encountering that woman everytime I buy supplies for school, and as always, she’s this aggressive nagger. I needed that entry, so thanks. I’m feeling quite serene this time.

    I think it’s best posting your poetry in your site. Because, since many visit this, I think they’ll notice the poetry section. πŸ™‚

  8. I love small towns because I feel less suffocated. I also love it when there are shops selling handmade items.

    That donut looks so delicious. :love:

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