Friday, July 25, 2008

Geelong's best shopping streets

from w
As an opponent of huge shopping complexes and supermarkets I would suggest that residents and visitors to Geelong forget about Westfield type of developments and explore the ordinary shopping streets of places like High Street Belmont, or Pakington Street in Geelong West. For local shopping there are usually small shopping strips such as Watsons Rd Newcomb which is not far for us to walk or drive and which has a variety of shops for groceries, vegetables, hardware and so on.

In Melbourne it's the same, though often a street full of shops will change over years - from having a variety to cater for every need, to becoming elitist or specialist - such as Punt Rd in Prahran and probably South Yarra and Toorak, which they nostalgically call 'The Village' because it once was user-friendly.

So in the argument between shopping in supermarkets or shopping strips I favour the latter mainly because I like to support small, local family businesses and you get to know the shopkeepers.



Blogger Penny said...

Wendy I am going to the fibre Forum at Geelong College which is a live in 5 days, always very tiring and i am driving over, so will be doubly tired and have to find my way when I get to Geelong. It is about 5 or 6 years since I last went. I am doing a good course but I know last time it was a bit of a nightmare as all so huge and this time I have no friend to go with, at least she helped with the navigation.

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Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Let us know in what ways we can help Penny. Get good maps before you set out. A strip map even from the internet or RACV or whatever it's called in Adelaide. Geelong College is a lovely campus in Newtown, easy to find and in a very nice area of Geelong. It's a long drive though for you. We stopped in Keith on the way back but halfway would be somewhere like Nhill or Horsham.

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