Shop locally - it pays in ways big and small
Published April 10, 2018
To the Editor,
A couple of years ago I caught a bad case of ski envy, so I checked out the price of these magnificent boards online. Youch! So I sauntered over to JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports to take a look at what they had, and there was nothing like them. I spoke to Kevin about these skis and where I might get them at a more reasonable price, and he said he’d look into it. He must have looked in different places than I did because the price he offered was at least 25 per cent less than the lowest price I saw. I love my new skis – unfortunately they didn’t get much of a workout this year during our miserable excuse for a winter, and I decided I needed another outdoor winter sport option, like a fat-bike.
So I sauntered over to JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports to take a look at what they had, but they don’t carry fat-bikes. I spoke to Kevin about the particular bike I wanted, and he said he’d look into it. He tracked one down in B.C. and got it sent to JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports. Some assembly was required, but the right tools were not in Haliburton. However, he knew a mechanic who had them down in Peterborough.
He then drove the bike to Peterborough where the right tools resided and got it done there. When it was ready, he picked it up and brought it back to Haliburton. For all this, shipping from the west coast, and the to-ing and fro-ing to Peterborough and subsequent fine-tuning, I have been charged exactly nothing, zip, zilch, zero. After riding the bike for a bit, I brought it in for another small tweak. Kevin noticed that my shoes had put slight scratches on the cross-bar, and nothing would do but he had to slap a piece of clear packing tape along the bar so I couldn’t damage it further! Now that’s service way over the top.
Many thanks to all the good and helpful folks at JoAnne Sharpley’s Source for Sports who make shopping a pleasure.