Very pleased that Shabby Motley Handcraft on Queen Street is now carrying my book in its local authors section. Now in its fifth year (I believe) of operation, Shabby Motley is one of many enterprises established by creative and daring young people that are changing the face of Sault Ste. Marie, the downtown in particular. My only regret is that I will probably gain weight through my association with Shabby because I can’t resist their baked goods.
Saultites often complain that the best and brightest of the city’s young people move away because they can’t find work here. There is some truth to that. But there are a lot of exceptions to that rule, young people who are creating new and interesting and financially viable things despite the atmosphere of defeatism that prevails in a depressed local economy. More power to them.