Groceries: When choosing a community to live in, it is important to find an area with lots of local amenities. Stratford is a great example of this; one does not always have to cross the Hillsborough Bridge in order to do their shopping or dining. Stratford offers a lot to its residents; here are some amenities to take note of.
Stratford is fortunate to have 2 grocery stores; Sobey's (don't be surprised to run into Rich there, as he's a frequent shopper) and for the bargain hunter there's the Superstore affiliate; No Frills. It's the only one on PEI so Islanders travel far and wide just to shop for their weekly specials. When you're done shopping there slip next door to Bernadette's flowers to pick up a prettybouquet of flowers to brighten your day or someone else's.
Pharmacy: Looking for a pharmacy? The Southport Pharmacy and their friendly staff will make sure you're well taken care of.
Beer, wine and spirits: Oops I almost forgot the liquor store! It's the only one on the Island that's conveniently accessible from a grocery store. At Sobey's you can pick up the mix for your pitcher of daiquiris, then slip into our well stocked liquor store for the rum, all without even going outside.
Restaurants: Eating out? Why not check out The Whiskey Pub and Kitchen Restaurant, Truefull Sushi or Bamboo Garden Restaurant all in the Hopeton Road Plaza, for a sit down meal or Phinley's, just down the road, is a great choice too, with lots of options for not only the adults but the younger ones too.
When you want a quick meal there's Subway, KFC and MacDonald's each located on a separate corner where Stratford Road meets the TCH.
During the summer season head over to the Fox Den located at Stratford's Fox Meadow Golf course. It offers comfortable surroundings, stunning panoramic views overlooking the golf course and the Charlottetown Harbour and of course you can enjoy great food and drinks. It's perfect for a date or to hang out with friends. It's open to everyone, not just golfers, which is a common misconception. We may be biased but it's well worth a visit. ;-)
What's to come: Susan and Morgan Fisher; of Fisher Electric and Alliance Security Systems, also located in Stratford, recently loaned us a book after reading our blog. It was written by the Southport Women's Institute in 1982 and is titled A History of Southport. It's a charming little paper back and I'll share a few things from it in blogs to come.
Stories like how a night watchman was buried in cement in one of the foundation pillars, during the construction of the original Hillsborough Bridge. I'll write about days gone by when the ferries were still running between Stratford and Charlottetown and Murphy's Tavern was the local social hub for both local residents and patrons ferried over from the big city of Charlottetown. Of course in those days that area would have been called Southport as that was before all the communities were amalgamated to become Stratford. Stratford wasn't incorporated until 1994.
So if you have anything that you'd like to share with us about Stratford then let us know at richcindy@me, just like Susan and Morgan did.
We're a husband and wife team selling PEI real estate and as we love Stratford then selling property there is a natural. We strive to be your Stratford experts!
Cindy & Rich Beharrell
Century 21 Colonial Realty