I love living in Almonte!...

Community Is at the Heart of One Small Town's Commercial Success – Shopify
Small towns exist in snow globes, as time capsules of a simple, forgotten way of life, perfectly preserved and fiercely dedicated to “the way things always were”. At their cores are the original moms and pops: the proprietors of local hardware stores and salons and arcades – people you know on a nickname basis. Though I’ve spent the past 17 years in North America’s fourth largest city, my small town vocal inflections flood back, y’all, as soon as the tallest building slips out of view. As much as I’ve tried to scrub myself of my rural crust, assume city sophistication, it grows back persistently like arctic moss. And now? I’m thankful I couldn’t shake it. My small town retirement plan has been upgraded to a 5-year plan. The sticks are calling, and I have answered by buying property in a rural community of 4000 people. My new neighbours tell me, “it’s hard to make a living here,” but this community is actually one of the lucky few. Increased tourism means the opportunities for entrepreneurship are growing in the retail and service sectors. A thriving commercial strip of quaint shops runs through its centre. This is a rarity I know now – in America, for every gleaming 24-hour mega mart, there is a ghost town in its shadow.


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Vicki McDougall

Vicki McDougall

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CENTURY 21 Explorer Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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