How Much Do Stores, Amenities Mean To You?

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    I live in a college town. The truth is I utilize little of things people in this town like. The big evening farmers market in the summer (went twice and really didn't like it. prefer the smaller quieter markets) Restaurants, entertainment. Stores

    I'm finding anything like this has less appeal to me. I don't shop much. Malls are of no interest. If I need a store I go straight there and out. No browsing like we did in the 80's.

    There are some things that make it more convenient like the pet store. Smaller towns may only have Walmart. But I'm beginning to wonder if I need a town with more of the amenities since I don't use them. Or would they be missed if they weren't around.

    Any thoughts or experiences by people who moved away from amenities and entertainment?

    I do utilize the health food stores but also regular groceries are selling more and more of the things they carry also.
     
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    Fresno has everything but I use very little of it. Basically just go to Walgreens and Safeway and Trader Joe's.

    I haven't even been at the mall in years or any of the cute plazas Fresno has.

    I live right on the border of Clovis and Fresno so I have about 6 Targets within a 6 mile radius...the same for all the other franchises....overkill!
     
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  3. Babs Hunt

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    Basically all I need is a Walmart, a Chili's, a Papa John's, a gas station and convenience store combo wherever my home would be. A Subway sandwich shop and a Piccadilly Cafeteria would be nice but not absolutely necessary. :)
     
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    We moved from a 'watch the paint dry' small town to the city
    and still enjoy getting out and about.

    Next month (June) will be big here with CMA Music Festival Fan Fare
    and our first ever Stanley Cup Playoffs!

    We'll head downtown and mingle with the out of towners and try
    a new restaurant or watering hole.

    We, like others, shop alot on-line and we're using Grubhub and UberEats
    a lot more.

    Nice to order, have it delivered, and eat out on the deck.
     
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  5. Holly Saunders

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    If you don't enjoy shopping then you can pretty much live with just a large supermarket where you can buy hardware and some clothing as well as food, and a petrol station, a doctor surgery, a bank , an opticians and pharmacy close by ..everything other than that you can buy online.. maybe a restaurant or 2 would be handy

    if for any reason you have no access to the internet, then with the above list you've pretty much got all the basics covered


    I live on the edge of a small market town.. 10 minutes or less drive it has a couple of high end supermarkets and a mid price supermarket , a weekly outdoor market which sells fresh fish, organic bread and cheeses, fruit & veg...and lots of old fashioned cheap looking clothing , several various other small stores selling expensive jewellery, greetings cards, newsagents, antiques, lots of real estate stores, Post Office, small Library several banks, at least a dozen various restaurants and bars ..and just one clothing store..


    30 minutes drive will take me into London....where I can buy just about anything my heart would ever desire.. ...I rarely ever go... I can't stand the zillions of people shopping like their life depended on it...and with much higher prices than out here in the rural shires
     
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    You and me both @Holly Saunders :)
     
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    Thanks for your replies everyone.

    Tim, I think it's interesting you did the opposite of what some people may have did but enjoy it.

    It seems like the saying, no matter where you go there you are. But there are some things people will need. While internet shopping has been detrimental to many stores, it's been helpful, I'm sure to many living in more rural areas.
     
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    I live in a town with only two grocery stores, which is one more than I need. We have a hardware store that sells housewares upstairs, but we usually forget that. We have a Tractor Supply Store, a Dollar Tree and a Family Dollar, which are in a little mini mall. There are a couple of convenience stores, but it's been years since I've been in one of them. A few restaurants, a couple of bars, and that's about it.

    The nearest place with more amenities is about 65 miles away, in Bangor.

    I like it. Most things I can get online and we make a trip to Bangor once every week or two.
     
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    I have lived in the country a lot when I was younger and you need a car or some form of transport to shop or do anything, I live on the edge of a small town in the UK where there are supermarkets within walking distance, but you need to go into town for anything else.
    Here in Russia there is everything from grocery shops, banks metro and train stations, theatres and over 20 restaurants all within walking distance which I like. I find I adjust to either, but now I am older being close to everything appeals more ............I do use the internet a lot for most things, apart from food and clothes
     
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    Although I live in the rural shires, and love it...and have lived here for more than 40 years.. I was born and raised in the city, and as I get older, I would love to move back just for the ease of the amenities, hospitals, doctors, shopping, public transport..all on the doorstep... what's stopping me?...The crime....which is completely incomparable to when I was born and raised in the city... so no thank you, I'll stay where I am. !!
     
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    I live in a small country town of 4000 people ,it has most shops you need to survive.its a very busy tourist area in the warmer months as we are less than two hours from the city .
    We travel to the city for doctors appointments ,shopping as I like fresher vegetables thsn they have on offer down there .
    We useally go to the city fortnightly ,but would I live there in Adelaide again ..no way ..
     
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    @Kitty Carmel "Any thoughts or experiences by people who moved away from amenities and entertainment?"

    Not quite sure what you meant by amenities, 'course entertainment I understand. My wife and I DID move away from such, rather totally, in 1999, to a 90-acre very rural place in Missouri, having no cell service. We did have 'phone, electric, but little else. No cell service. We did OK, as did the generations of Ozark hillbillies before us did. We lived in the middle of the 7 million acre Mark Twain National Forest, 23 miles to town, very very rural, nearest neighbor 1/2 mile down the road. Our old farmhouse:

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    Amenities and entertainment? Well, we had running water, supplied ice cold by a good well, land line phone service far more reliable than the electric service, which went out regularly perhaps twice a month, that of course "turning off our water". T-V service was by satellite. Internet was not available at all, until about 3 years after we moved there, via "dial-up" phone hook-up (you don't even want to know!). During our last years there, (1999-2012), HughesNet began providing satellite internet, cost way beyond pour means.

    That farmhouse was heated solely by wood; 2 wood-burning stoves which in coldest weather gobbled up firewood faster than we could feed it. Main reason we returned, after 13 years there, to Arizona. There were of course "amenities" not attributable to other places, such as the crystal-clear year-round flowing creek which traversed our property:

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    After a reasonably heavy rainfall, 1/2" or more, that little docile creek became a raging torrent for as long as a day or two, stranding any on the other side having no other access except creek crossing, as had our neighbor. I found pieces of debris hanging from branches once confirming water depth of 8 feet!

    Living rurally like that, we learned that certain requirements were tantamount to existing there: you HAD to have adequate firewood, it HAD to be dry enough to burn reliably, you HAD to be prepared for power outages, a variety of biting flies in summer (some of which sucked blood through a shirt or blouse), ticks which carried the possibility of Lyme Disease, hornets which struck without warning. OTOH, it was a wonderful place if one accepted the negative aspects; I built this while we lived there:

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    @Frank Sanoica Oh wow Frank, I don't know how I missed your post before. Thank you for all the details. That was very rural and would be too much for me being single. Advantages and disadvantages to all I guess. I'd love to have some more nature around me.

    Did you bring the train with you?

    I love the desert but I also love rain if that makes any sense.
     
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    I get all my groceries including fresh groceries, clothing, sundries, prescriptions,books, EVERY THING delivered to my front door after ordering 0n line via Amazon etc. I haven't found anything that I want or need that can't be ordered on line, therefore no need to go out into hot or cold weather, join the traffic, fight the crowds, park the car, burn gas.
     
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    I thought I would enjoy a small town kitty, but what we do have here is a Walmart, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, and a health-food store with some nice, bulk items I like. Thank goodness for what we do have here, as the nearest Mall, and night-time, goings-on is 2 hours away. I mean there is a festival or two here, but that's it.

    So I am missing some of the things you mention that a bigger city has to offer. I'll let you know what I find in my search for Shangra La though :cool::rolleyes:
     
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    Hi Lon;) I find myself ordering more things online now too. And I have a Kindle so I check out books from the Houston Public Library (they allow non-residents to purchase library memberships, very cool). I haven't had a bad experience yet, good quality, prices, and return policies if something is wrong;)

    Pretty handy if you have a small choice of places to shop nearby, or if it's hard to get out as often. I don't even like driving in this, small area. Crazy people, and I'm one ofo_O:confused:
     
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    We live in a town that has everything we need; but both Bobby and myself would be much happier to live in a smaller town again, although not a really small one because it is important to have good doctor and hospital facilities just in case it is needed.
    Mostly, we don't drive very far around town, because everything that we need is close to us.
    When I was younger and more capable, I loved living in the country, and lived for several years in a rural setting in Missouri, not very far from where @Frank Sanoica and his wife lived.
    I had about 40 acres with 3 ponds, two barns and other outbuildings, and a creek that ran across the road just a little ways down from us, plus some out in the back pasture that fed the catfish ponds when it rained.
    I went fishing and horseback riding almost every day, and had a wonderful garden in the summer (fertilized with good horse and llama manure), plus fruit trees and grapes.
    I still think about it; but then I remember all of those bugs, snakes and ticks that Frank mentioned, as well as having to haul in wood to keep that pesky wood stove going all night long.
    I also got bitten by a copperhead, and thought I would surely die; but when I got to the hospital, they would not even look at me until the gave me one of those tests for tuberculosis.
    Then they gave me some medicine for the snake bite, some antibiotics, and warned me to keep the leg elevated because it was going to swell up. They were right !
    So......over all, I guess we will probably stay right where we are now.
     
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    :eek:Wow,@Yvonne Smith ... I can't imagine that!
     
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    @Kitty Carmel "Did you bring the train with you?"
    Sadly, no. I tore up the 750 feet of track, though, and managed to stuff that in our truck. I advertised the locomotive for sale in "Live Steam Magazine", got innumerable inquiries, sorted them out, took 3 deposits contingent on acceptance by first, second, then third party. First one bought it, a doctor from Iowa, who bought a 1-ton Chevy Van purposely to haul the loco and tender home from our farm in MO. Second guy in line told me I could have easily gotten twice my asking price of $10,000. It took 9 years to build it, and I so badly want to build another, but fear it would remain unfinished when my "time" comes. Here's another pic or two:

    During Construction:
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    Ditto:
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    Our old farmhouse in the background:
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    @Yvonne Smith "I also got bitten by a copperhead, and thought I would surely die....."


    Like this one?
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    When I lived in Anaheim, the part of town that I lived in was kind of like a small town. Anaheim was made up of neighborhoods that were pretty much self sufficient. So although I was living in a city that wasn't so small, having Disneyland and a Major League ballpark, there were restaurants, stores, dealerships, and everything I needed within walking distance. So I had a choice of restaurants where people would actually know who I was, and I could buy a motorcycle at a local dealership. In fact, our church had a block of tickets to Angels games so when I went to a ball game, I could sit near people I knew, and who weren't likely to be spilling beer all over me. For a city, Anaheim wasn't bad.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek::eek:
    OMG...
     
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    @Clare Smith
    Are you shocked? I did not mean to frighten, sorry. Being relatively new here, you would not know I posted this before, quite some time ago. My wife & I had just gotten back from our evening walk along our road, it's visible behind me in the pic. Approaching our gate, on the other side of which were thick flowers growing, my wife suddenly stopped me. She had heard the rustle, I did not, she said "Something's in the flowers". Just then, it slithered out, right in our direction, only about three or four feet in front of us. I waved her back as I pulled my 9mm pistol from my waistband, carried always since often vicious dogs could be encountered (there were no laws concerning this, and even if there were, no one around to ensure compliance). At that moment, realizing it indeed was a Copperhead, it had stopped, and my first shot grazed it, but the second went through behind it's head. Even dead, I was reluctant to handle it with my hands (chicken!), and carried it away using the hoe my wife fetched off the front porch.

    There were surely Rattlesnakes about also, but we never saw one in 13 years there. I would not kill a non-venomous snake, and this particular poisonous one might very well have bitten one of us. High leather boots offer protection; snakes rarely strike high up. My shoes would have offered little protection. Copperheads were common thereabouts, often sunning themselves on the road in cold weather.
    Frank
     
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    @Frank Sanoica Thank you very much for the additional pictures. I can't even imagine the knowhow to build something like that. So sorry you did sell it. I hope they took good care of the train.
     
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