Following our return from recent Rhine River cruise, we made a point to take our dog for walks downtown. Every time one walks or drives along King Street memories rush by, having first moved here in 1960.
We stare at so many stores that were owned and operated at one time by dear friends well over half a century ago. The Ontario Cafe, Chinese Laundry opposite CKMP, Martin Shoe Repairs, the Diana, Scott’s Sports, Struthers Drug Store, Cumming and Nicholson, John Sports Store, Voorzanger Furs, Georgian Hotel, Shulmans, Hacker’s Stationery, Midland General Store, at least two hardware stores, Edward’s, Walker Store, Mostyn’s, the beat goes on.
Sadly there seems to be a growing number of vacant stores along King Street. A vibrant downtown is a must in any town or city. To those pro-active businesses and you know who you are, we can only say, well done. You can be proud of your enterprises and your devotion has not gone unnoticed. So as every effort is being made to attract more businesses and thus more customers, shopping downtown a number of times a week will bode well for dedicated businesses who continue to follow in the footsteps of shop keepers before them at the Gateway to the 30,000 Islands here in the Heart of Huronia.
At least two new businesses have opened hoping to make a go of it amidst the uncertainty of when the King Street “Big Dig” will begin and how long it will take… the challenges facing our struggling downtown core can only be solved by the community making a point of frequenting the shops, shopping locally wherever possible and supporting both new and old businesses alike.