I confess it has been a long time since I drove, bikinid and barefoot, to The Beer Store in the tiny town of Thedford, Ontario, a 15 minute-drive from my family cottage on Lake Huron because we’d run out of beer and had only a tiny window of time before it closed, leaving us beerless for, possibly a day or more.
It might not have been the crisis it was back in the day if we’d had the benefit not only of Sunday shopping but — thanks to the brilliant minds behind this latest initiative — holiday hours over this final long weekend of the summer.
That’s right. No need to plan ahead. Forgot beer or, more likely, need more beer? Get thee to your closest The Beer Store and stock back up. No matter that it’s a holiday weekend. Sixty-three locations will be open Sunday, September 1 until 6 p.m. and then Labour Day, the holiday Monday, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bizarrely, as a spokesperson for The Beer Store put it, “…most of the locations we are opening are in cities.” So those of us in cottage country will still have to put some forethought into the closest locations for us.
And, of course, don’t drink and drive. Don’t drink and boat. Don’t do anything but sit and enjoy your Labour Day beer that, any other year, you wouldn’t have.