Here is Ian Williams’ list of thing “I think I’m looking for… out of a town:”
- you can walk everywhere, including to the mall
- 2 separate independent record stores with a rivalry
- three coffee shops, all equipped with wifi internet, each different according to mood
- at least two arthouse movie theaters
- tons of gays and lesbians who are allowed to hold hands
- a fantastic underpriced thrift store
- a place to dance, 3 places to see bands
- an all-night diner with fresh donuts
- a garden shop
- a hardware store manned by a Guy Who Knows Everything
- at least one business owned by one family since 1799
If you can call Froggie’s a “a fantastic underpriced thrift store” (and I think that’s a stretch), then Charlottetown probably qualifies for that, for the garden shop (we have many), and for the hardware store (many of those too). We fail to meet the other criteria.
By the way, if you have some spare cash, and are looking for a worthy place to spend it, I can think of no better investment than The Pink House, the film that Williams wrote and co-directed that’s currently in post-production and in need of cash. You can read about the cash needs here. If you’re kicking yourself for not having given $1000 to your roommate’s friend’s cousin Quentin Tarantino 10 years ago, now’s your chance to redeem yourself.