A Wal-Mart in Texas (Flickr Creative Commons: fatcontroller)
A Wal-Mart in Texas (Flickr Creative Commons: fatcontroller)

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Every once in while I feel strongly about issues in our community and last week I had one of those days. The article I wrote about small local stores, farming and the impact of the new Wal-Mart has touched a few people and I received a few emails. I thought I would post those emails this week to show people the different opinions out there!

With uncertain times glooming, I think now more than ever we need to stick together.

Email #1
Thank you for your Wal-Mart comments. I hope lots of people read this and realize the part we who have the privilege of living and working here play in the sustainability of our wonderful Okanagan products!


Email #2

With the cost of gas and housing, us underpaid Westbank workers HAVE TO SHOP cheaply AND NICKLE AND DIME EVERYTHING!  You just proved it in your statement how in the world is Wal-Mart able to sell the same pineapple for less.

My husband is a Chef at a winery in the Okanagan we believe in the 100km radius rule. Buy local. We buy everything we possible can local, but you find me a farmer in Kelowna that has pineapple grown in the Okanagan. Had you used an example that we could relate to, peaches, pears, plums anything you a pick a fruit that is not grown in the Okanagan and you expect us not to save $2.00 on it.  Give your head a shake.

Stick to your column cause if your column has turned this bad I could only imagine your food.


Email #3

Hi Martin!

Just wanted to let you know that your comments about Wal-Mart are bang on, you get what you pay for and Wal-Mart is low quality everything. Those shrimp you wrote about are so pumped with water, and as you know companies will pump chicken breasts, pork loins just about every type is protein with water to increase the weight and then put pads under the meat to hold the weight. Shop local when ever you can, know your butcher.

I hope people listen.



Email #4
Bravo! More people need to say no to the mega-marts. I'm in the states, south of you in the Okanogan (with an O) Valley. There's a Wal-Mart in Omak, but I won't buy food there. I don't even like going near the place. You can count on at least 20 minutes of time before you hit the road again, even if you're buying just one item and know exactly where it's located. Not for me.
The non-food items generally are shoddily made. And I agree with your assessment of everything from meat to product.

Okanogan, Washington

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About the Author

Kristin Peturson-Laprise is a customer experience specialist by trade, which means she is someone passionate about people having a good time. 

Her company, Wow Service Mentor, helps businesses enhance their customer experience through hands-on training, service programs, and special event coordination.

Kristin enjoys her own experiences too, and that is what she writes about in this column. She and her husband Martin Laprise (also known as Chef Martin, of The Chef Instead) love to share their passion for food and entertaining.  

Kristin says:

"Wikipedia lists a gourmand as a person who takes great pleasure in food. I have taken the concept of gourmandise, or enjoying something to the fullest, in all parts of my life. I love to grow and cook food, and I loved wine enough to become a Sommelier. I call a meal a success when I can convey that 'sense of place' from where the food has come . . . the French call that terroir, but I just call it the full experience. It might mean tasting the flavours of my own garden, or transporting everyone at the table to a faraway place, reminiscent of travels or dreams we have had."


E-mail Kristin at:  [email protected]

Check out her website here:  www.wowservicementor.com


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