Cohasset Village is the heart of Cohasset. The village is the gateway to the harbor and the closet place for Cohasset residents to get their basic needs.
We all know that in today’s day and age it is about big box stores and internet shopping, but their is still a place for shopping local, with a personal touch and a place where the shop owners know your name. That is why the stores, shops and offices in Cohasset village need the towns support.
Two things I hear everyday is there is too many real estate offices in the village and more importantly from the shop owners that they have not ever taken a paycheck from their business. The previous owner of twist before she sold closed the store in the winter and said that staying open was not worth paying the utility bills .
So, why do we have so many real estate offices? Think about it. You sell one $1,000,000 home at a 5% commission that is $50,000. That alone would be enough to float a shop owner in the village for a year.
The hardware store closed, the deli closed, The liquor store left, Twist sold, several shops have a for sale sign, and many more struggle to keep up.
So how can we help?
First off, the town can help by keeping the parking clear and available. Did you know that most of the spaces in the town parking lot are full everyday with commuters who drop their car and then get picked up by someone else on their way to the train or in a carpool? The few parallel spaces in town are occupied by HUGE SUV’S that make it hard to navigate through town. lastly the trees that were planted to beautify the street have obstructed and obfuscated the signs of all the retailers.
Residents can shop local. If you have a choice to buy a dress, purchase a gift, need a light, or a bag of dog food, or just need a bite to eat, Choose your hometown before heading off to Scituate or Hingham. There is nothing wrong with our sister towns, but they have better centers of commerce than Cohasset because that is where we go to do our business.
Keep it local if you can.
No one is getting rich in the village and for Cohasset village to remain vital and vibrant and not be a ghost town of empty shops, it will take the support of the whole town. It is the store owners that support the local teams and advertise in the school paper and yearbooks . It is the shopkeepers that light the village at Christmas and it is the store owners that know your name.
I am one resident that has not done enough of my part in the past, but now that I know what I know, I am going to choose shopping local first before I head out of town.