Entering the Slow Lane

Posted by Moaning Mary on July 13, 2015 in Being a Sookite |

Okay, for starters I grew up in Edmonton, then moved to Victoria, and now I am calling Sooke home, and frankly, I much prefer life in the so-called “slow lane” of life.  Yes, Sooke is way smaller than either Edmonton or Victoria, and the shopping options are quite limited.

Example, we have two full-sized grocery stores, a few ‘pantry types’ food stores in the gas stores and other, and believe it or not, but we only have three, yes THREE, fast food outlets here.  That alone is worth a huge shout of Joy (more on that in later posts).  Oh come on, you know those fast food chains are nothing but money pits, that offer total crap which is passed off as being food.

So this little category, is about what is here in Sooke, and well, what does one do in a community of under ten thousand people?

Grocery Shopping is easy, there are only two real choices, Western Foods and Village Market, but you know, I prefer Village Market for its meat, while Western is better for its baking.  Village also gets the nod for Produce, but I also like it for the entertainment value.

What can I say, but the eye candy is nice, and well, it also has a bigger selection.  Plus, on occasion one can get some damn good violin music to go with one’s shopping.

Now this is going to surprise a few of you, but we do go shopping in Victoria (well Langford at some of those chain stores.) I am one of those comparison shoppers, and honestly it blows me away each time I check prices for such things like ground beef, canned goods, chicken, produce, etc. and I find that my two little grocery stores (Western & Villages) are actually CHEAPER!

Seriously, it makes one wonder just what is going on, when you can buy lean ground beef, or chicken thighs cheaper in a smaller outlet, that isn’t hooked up to some chain, like say Save On Foods,  SuperStore, Sobeys, etc.   It also gets one rather angry too, because it shows you, prices really are being RIGGED!

It also shows you, that truly the so-called “Market Place” really isn’t setting the prices, or that “Competition Breeds Lower Prices“.  Something we should think about, as we head into the upcoming Federal Election, and how the Harper Gang keep telling us how the “Market” sets the prices.

music to shop by

I do love some lively foot stomping music.



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