Here on Martha’s Vineyard, the town of Oak Bluffs has a rare jewel.
A family-owned supermarket on its Main Street.
The “Reliable Self-Service Market”.
The market is of a type that was once common, the centrally-located town market. In most parts of the United States, the chain supermarkets and big box stores have killed off stores like Reliable.
I stopped at Reliable not long ago to buy a few items.
Right now it’s mid-winter, and there are few tourists. Almost every car you see has Massachusetts license plates. With patience, you might see some vehicles from the New England states. On this trip downisland I saw vehicles from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont, plus one from New York and another from …… Alabama?
There’s a story there, but I didn’t stop to learn what it was.
The real story was inside the supermarket. The story is about a mother and her little girl, shopping for groceries. Take a look at the photo. There’s something really special going on.
What’s particularly special is the little red child-sized shopping cart.
In the winter time, when the store is relatively peaceful, the owners keep four child-sized carts near regular carts, next to the door that come in from the main street, for parents and children shopping together. This is a wonderful way to help kids learn how to go about the business of life.
Isn’t it nice to see such awareness, kindness and consideration for “small people”?