Italy still has many little mom and pop businesses, although fewer than when we first arrived 30 years ago. These small shops, from tiny grocers and appliance stores, to shoe repair shops and fruit stands, are pratically icons of Italian society.
More than just a shop, don’t expect to just run in and out. The clerks, like in this rather messy shoe repair shop, take time to chat. You’re sure to find out how so and so’s uncle Mario is doing, hear about Signora Teresa’s aches and pains, and learn all that the present mayor is doing wrong (or right).
Shopping is more than just filling your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community. And you know, it’s good to be a part of it all. Certainly it gets tiresome at times. But in today’s world of impersonal online communications and shopping – I wouldn’t want it any other way! How about you?
In Italy, shopping is more than just checking off your list. It’s a chance to connect with the community and be a part of it all!Tweet
Image is mine.