There’s been large reminiscent thread on Syracuse.com about Fairmount Fair, perhaps inspired by the imminent opening of the new Target. (Was there one Dr. Grambow or two?) And Michael’s finally opened last week. I joked with people that I was going to cry when I set foot in there on opening day — the western burbs have never had an art supply store, unless you want to count Walt’s hobby shop. And, with PetSmart being open, I wonder that Fairmount has not had a pet supply store since… gasp… Pets Plants ‘n’ Things?! (emphasis on “things” – i.e., Mr. Vaccaro’s tarantulas)
Locally-owned businesses have been dying for decades on the Fairmount strip (which was once the proud home of Fay’s Drugstore No. 1). There is pleasure in being able to casually stop in after work and make a quick purchase of something you need – and not having to deal with Wal-Mart any more. But it would be a real sign of health if small businesses would come back.