The greatest challenge of community life is to create synthesis, embracing diversity in a unified whole, resolving differences with the healing spirit of love and dedication to the good of the whole. — Corinne McLaughlin
In the wake of COVID more people have realized there is more to life than going to the mall. According to this article from Pew Research, the pandemic has changed lifestyles in many ways. People are more mindful, more active and have stepped back into healthier relationships with their families and themselves. Carefully considered approaches to staying healthy such as limiting exposures to large crowds has moved to the forefront.
Malls are no longer the “King of Retail.” People are beginning to return to independent Main Street businesses but a feeling of vibrancy is key to attracting residents and visitors alike. I love Mom and Pop-type stores with family histories behind them but keeping a fresh approach and having a keen eye for consumer trends and good customer service is so important.
In the state of my native roots, there are Main Streets which have been revitalized or are in the process of it. You’d be surprised at the change that has come to these 33 Main Street Communities, right here in Maryland. I so enjoy visiting other places to see how they do life and business. It’s a gift I give to myself!
Christmas is coming up! Do things differently this year. Breathe in and appreciate the heritage and history of the area in which you live. Notice the architecture, support the local artisans and shopkeepers who make truly make an art of the way they do business, independently. In doing so, you will be supporting your local families, your neighbors.
And while you are out and about, take family walks or drives after dinner and enjoy seeing the spirit of Christmas spreading as homes, businesses and local churches are being decorated for the holidays, one by one.
Photos are of two Harford County, Maryland Main Street Communities
Top Photo by Sue Leonard – Historic Downtown Bel Air
Two Lower Photos by Sue Leonard – Havre de Grace, MD