… liquor orders?
Thanks, Ramona Meharg for this inspiration from Facebook this morning.
There was a time in Ontario when you had to buy alcohol sight unseen!
I remember this so well. The LCBO store and the Brewer’s Retail were across the road from each other in our town.
The Brewer’s Retail did have bottles of beer on the shelves so that you could see what they looked like. You still had to approach a seller to place your order on one side of the room and your case came rolling out the other side.
At the LCBO, there were stations with the products listed like above. You’d fill out a card and hand it to the seller who would do in the back to get it for you. The back was always this mysterious place that you might catch a glimpse of through the windows in the door. Then, your order would be brought out, placed discretely in a brown paper bag and out you went.
Boy, things have sure changed.
We have so many options now; going to the LCBO to pick up your order. It’s expanded now to include coolers and even beer. Sometimes, product is even on sale! I never remember anything being on sale back in the day. And, since you weren’t seeing the product before ordering, impulse buying by looking at a fancy label was out of the question.
For a Sunday, your thoughts?
- do you remember purchasing alcohol this way?
- these days, you have options. Especially in Essex, Niagara, and Hastings-Prince Edward counties, there are so many local wineries. You can take a drive and pick up a bottle of wine right where it’s bottled. In Essex County, in any other year, we’d have “Explore the Shore” which takes you by so many
- Ontario has flirted with various drinking ages. How many can you remember?
- is there a product from the “good old days” of the LCBO that you can’t buy today?
- some products are even available now in grocery stores with the promise that local variety store might some day join in. How do you feel about that? Were we that prudish in the past?
- do we have more selection these days or did we just not realize it by not being able to browse the aisles?
I’d sure like to read your thoughts about this! And, thanks, Ramona for throwing that image out into my stream.
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