When I moved to Eugene a little over a year ago I was immediately impressed with the plethora of specialty shops around. There were butchers galore, more than one fishmonger, and local bakers every where I looked. I grew up in Fargo, where if you wanted to get meat or fish, you went to the grocery store - and that’s it.
I started thinking about the days before grocery stores; when you actually had to go into each individual shop, and wait to be waited on. You formed relationships, socialized with other shoppers, and haggled on prices.
And even though I love grocery shopping (I find it so calming), I occasionally get annoyed when I have three or four stops to make to cross everything off my list.
However, I always make a point to visit the butcher shop. And the longer I lived here, the more shops and shopkeepers I got to know, and the more I appreciated the choices I had.
So what became of this realization and appreciation? A feature in the Guard, highlighting some of the great shops in my area. Read all about these friendly faces and their specialties here.