St. Vital has its business areas — malls, strip malls, blocks of stores: all very obvious and visible. But along its byways there are all sorts of small businesses that offer all sorts of services, some of them unusual.
There are many representatives of Amway and other proprietary products. There are also, these days, lots of people engaged in creating digital art and services. There are interior decorators, electricians, bath-and-shower installers. But these businesses don’t see the need for advertising, for whatever reason, so they don’t put up signs or anything. However, there are visible beauty shops, accountants, barbers and so forth, and some of these are the ones I’m telling you about.
For instance, just down the street from me is a hypnosis clinic. I happen to know that it’s a very effective place: a lady friend, who worked at a vets, where she was, of course, not allowed to smoke, finally decided that what was harmful to the animals must be equally harmful to her, so she decided to quit. Smoking being a cruelly hard habit to throw off, she couldn’t do it —but after sessions at this clinic she has been smoke-free ever since.
Then there’s Mike the tailor. He isn’t exactly on a byway but since he worked out of his home at one time, I’m including him here. He’s a very nice little man and does good work; in fact, while Quinton’s and Perth’s were in the neighbourhood, they both sent him business. He has some gorgeous posters on his walls; scenery from Greece (I think, but certainly from the Near East).
Finally, my all-time favourite. There’s a small machine shop, off St. Anne’s; once upon a time there used to be a beauty parlour in the same building.
One day, when I drove by, the door to the machine shop was open — from a certain angle the lathes, drills, and saws were all visible behind the beauty shop sign. I have regretted it ever since that I didn’t have my camera with me.
I am also very glad that I didn’t want to be beautified!
Peter Lacey is a community correspondent for St. Vital.