Since moving to Ohio almost 2 months ago I have noticed things here that are different from Indiana. There are things that I have never heard of before such as a clambake, which I still really don't know what it is, but it sounds disgusting.
Also something new and a brilliant idea if you ask me is a drive through liquor store. No, I am serious. It is similar in style to a car wash, without any of the machinery, just whatever type of alcohol you want. You drive your car in one side, place your order, they put it in your car for you, and then you drive out - after paying of course.
Then there is the grocery store experience. One store in particular does not allow grocery carts to leave the store. I realized this as I was pushing the cart out of the store loaded with groceries. Oops, but no one stopped me. They have a separate parcel pick up area. When you're done shopping, you take the cart filled with your groceries to the drop off area where they give you a number to hang on your car window. Then you pull up in your car, hand them the number and they load your groceries for you - for no extra cost and they don't expect a tip.
It seems that this state is becoming a bit lazy or is the better word convenience? You be the judge.
While in a different grocery store, which had an amazing wine section, I was heading to the check out lanes and noticed a sign above which read, "No Candy Lane." At first I was confused what that could possibly mean and then it dawned on me that another brilliant idea was to help us parents out who are shopping with children. You can check out in this lane and not have to worry about your kids pestering you for a candy bar, etc. This store also had a daycare in the front, which I am not sure how it worked. Apparently, you can drop your kids off (for a nominal fee) while you grocery shop. I would SO pay for that service. I wonder if a mom is the owner of this particular chain of grocery store? Daycare service, no candy lane, enormous wine department. Yes, a mother has to be the brains behind this place.
We visited a local ice cream shop which has the best peanut butter cup sundaes. Holy cow! And look what they have hanging from the wall. Creepy - just a bit.
Another place we went to check out was a mini golf family fun park center. It was a bit outdated and I was confused and frightened by the mechanical old lady in a rocking chair who was missing a finger. She had the creepiest hollow looking eyes that would follow you when her head turned. It just wasn't right I tell you. I kept waiting for her to jump out at us or start talking like an evil witch.
We have some pretty decent shopping around here. Although there is no Menards. The closest one is over 100 miles away. Same with IKEA - that one is over 200 miles away. But I do have these two stores - and they happen to be neighbors which makes me very happy.
And speaking of, I need to get my butt out the door. Old Navy is having their summer clearance sale today. I'm off to find some bargains!