I took a lot of pictures today – ten or so for my documentary photography assignment and a few just strolling around the town of Ashland, Virginia. I felt as though I had stepped back in time when I visited Cross Bros. Grocery Store. Rows of fresh fruits and vegetables on display, meats cut fresh by the on-site butcher, and friendly service. I strolled up and down the aisles, each row with its number and list of contents plain for all to see. What a pleasure to be able to find everything so easily. The clerk told me how the store was used as a set for the movie, Loving, about the interracial couple at the center of the famous 1967 civil rights case Loving v. Virginia. It was a pleasure to shop in a grocery store where the focus was on food and service (they still let local folks run up a tab). No rows of kitchen gadgets, magazines, candles, school supplies or socks. Mostly just food and a few extra things most people need.
Slow living might just mean fewer superstores. And more stores like Cross Bros. Groceries.