What a day! After our early morning "walk down/ hike up" we drove into the huge metropolis of Princeton. With a population of about 2800, the town offers a variety of quirky establishments.
We started with a delicious breakfast at Billy's Family Restaurant. From there we stopped at the local laundromat to wash our minimal wardrobe before doing a walkabout. The Dollar Store surprised us with a small bakery in the front offering a selection of freshly baked donuts, cookies and muffins. We resisted the temptation! Obviously there is no Tim Horton's in town.
Down the street we picked up a couple of BBQ fire starters at Home Hardware before wandering over to an Art Gallery. Inside the locked door was a border collie who gave us a bored look and went back to his nap. The sign said "Open 10am-2pm. If I am not here, ring the bell. I live behind the gallery." Nothing that we saw through the window interested us so we moved on.
The Music Store was open on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday from 2-5pm. The sign on the Vet Clinic indicated that it was open on Tuesdays. We were told that the Nurse Practitioner was on maternity leave and the Doctors were away for the summer.
We shared chuckles with the friendly owner of The Winking Pedlar and picked up a couple of small gifts. Next was an interesting shop that offered maps, locally crafted pottery, used books, minerals and a print shop. The used books were displayed on moving racks...very clever!
Before picking up groceries we refreshed ourselves at Thomasina's with icy cold glasses of water and slices of homemade blueberry pie. All of the baked goods looked and smelled delicious. This cafe is located in an old silent movie theatre that dates back to the 1930's.
Finally, loaded with groceries, we headed back to Eastgate, navigating through road construction enroute. We are fully stocked and ready to host family this weekend.