About two weeks ago, I learned something I should've known two months earlier.
On a shopping trip for clothes to the southern reaches of Orléans, I got some of what I'm still looking for and decided on a whim to see what might be on offer at the local Henry's Photography shop. It's been there for at least ten years. I bought my first two digital cameras at that shop near Tenth Line and Innes. Assorted other supplies, like portfolio display "books", batteries, peripheral gadgets and so on as well over the years.
Guess what? The store had been closed up and stripped to the walls two months prior.
Maybe I should have seen it coming after Wallack's closed up their Orléans shop right next door last year
. The two shops being next to each other, as well as being across the street from the local Staples, were convenient to my purposes for over five years
Now? Both gone. And if I want new gear from either one, I'll be hopping a bus downtown again, as I used to do before 2002.
I could blame myself for this, but to what end?
If the two chains decide to try to return to Orléans, I suggest this: Orléans Town Centre Mall. The one with the movie theatre on the second floor of the main building. Which is right across Centrum Boulevard from the Shenkman Arts Centre...which still hosts the local campus of the Ottawa School of Art. I suspect that the combination and proximity will be good for all three organizations.