One of the events advertised in the newspapers over the Christmas season, in a section presumably designed to “attract” shoppers to come to Wolfville for holiday entertainment and shopping, advertising paid for by our businesses through taxes, was this one we saw for an event outside of Wolfville – The Farmer’s Market “Yulefest” sale! at the Gaspereau Winery.
You can imagine how businesses in town, at that most important retail season for them, felt about this. Encouraging Nova Scotians (and Wolfvillians) to shop OUTSIDE of Wolfville is not exactly the best way to support businesses in town. So much for the commercial tax base.
We suggest that the business that calls itself the WOLFVILLE Farmer’s market change its name to something like “The Valley food and crafts tax free zone“. It would be more accurate. [Just for fun sometime ask for a receipt and watch the shock on their faces!]
Not unrelated perhaps is the word on the street that Hatt and Kull, the shop we welcomed to town only a year or so ago may be closing its doors soon. Perhaps someone from the WBDC and Town Council should interview Michelle and Jocelyn before they leave to find out why they couldn’t survive the competition and stay in business here.