Walkies downtown several times a week in all kinds of weather is always an informative event. We always check the colourful sign high up on MCC. Walking north on King Street we review posters at the library and on sign in front of St. Paul’s Church. We often reminisce about those days we rented an apartment above Minds Alive, it was Mulligan’s Pharmacy back in 1960. We usually wave at Gary, our lawn bowling club’s greens keeper, cutting hair down the street from the church. By the time we reach CIBC we recall the days it was Marks and Spencer and before that another department store, Walker’s.
A number of Men’s Clothing Store have come and gone, The General Store, Mostyn’s, a number of Fur Stores, a hotel at main downtown intersection. Prominent business people have come and gone over the past 50-100 years, but life still goes on in the downtown core.
As more empty stores are filled with new vibrant businesses, new life will again be breathed into downtown Midland. We can do our part by shopping locally when we can even if it means we pay a tad more than blow a bundle on gas to shop in Orillia, Barrie, Newmarket or Toronto.