Three good reasons to shop downtown
To the editor:
With all the hype about "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" I wanted to share three wonderful experiences I had in downtown Pittsfield shopping for Christmas.
First, R. J. Stohr Diamonds and Fine Jewelry have treated me with the utmost respect and professional courtesy. Having bought many items in recent years, I again returned to find great service and reasonable prices. They always have that special gift I need for my wife and they are right on North Street.
Second, I needed a pair of work boots for my son and tried all the "box" stores to no avail. They either didn't have the exact style my son wanted or they didn't even carry the brand. I decided I needed to shop locally.
I called Jim's House of Shoes, also on North Street, and not only did they have what I wanted they put them aside for me and the price was lower then buying directly from the manufacturer.
Third, I was trying to repair two old faucets from a 1950s sink. Again, I went to the big box stores both here and in the surrounding area. No one could help. They all suggested I buy new faucets. This was not acceptable.
Finally I went to Carr Hardware, also on North Street. I should have gone there first. I went downstairs to the plumbing department, was immediately asked if I needed help, and within a few short minutes I left with all the parts I needed to repair the "antique" faucets.
Please shop locally, as downtown Pittsfield's merchants have everything. They are professional, courteous, and have what we need, want, and desire at competitive and many times lower prices.
Just the time and money I saved on gas was well worth my continuing to shop locally.