Sunday, June 12, 2016
I guess all things change, one way or another. Some towns certainly do, that's for sure. It first showed up in New Buffalo, MI, as we started our summer merriment of leaving home in the Chicago suburbs and going to 'the lake'. New Buffalo was fun, with lots of fun stores, shopping and extra curricular stuff to do. Not so much any more. These places seem to transform from quaint to generic over a decade. Same with Saugatuck and Douglas MI, which is a place we always visit every couple years or so. We went to both yesterday. Wow, what a transformation. My favorite store, Good Goods in Saugatuck has the same stuff I bought in the 80's! Most of the clothing stores I went to have changed hands and definitely merchandise. The galleries were almost non existent. I was very sad, Douglas was very up and coming and now not so much. Half the shops are for rent.
G and I mulled this over and decided that the internet must have some bearing on the change of events. The economy is on the rise and people are out there and have a couple bucks so why are these once very fun and artsy towns going to pot? Would people rather sit in their houses and shop? I am a bit miffed at the situation. We decided to visit Grand Haven and Holland and see how they fair as compared to what we know from the past. Maybe it's the current trend. Who knows?