my Local - Kathleen Robbins
This is Bunny's Superette, in Manchester, New Hampshire, which is about an hour north of Boston. Manchester is called "The Queen City" and has a population of about 110,000. That's big for New Hampshire. It's an old mill town, but now the beautiful, old, brick mills have been turned into restaurants and condos and office space. There is a major airport in Manchester, as well as a Verizon Wireless Arena. Manchester is also known as "Manch Vegas," which is kind of funny at first, then dumb.
My grandmother lived in Manchester, so when my family would make the half-hour drive from Bow, NH to visit her we'd sometimes stop at Bunny's for a "treat" like a candy bar or gum or a Hostess cake. My sisters and I would wait in the car while my mom or dad ran in; I don't remember ever going in. I'd stare at the giant white posters with big, black letters announcing that day's meat specials, patiently anticipating my Necco wafers, the car idling.
I love Bunny's not only because it reminds me of a time when a parent running into a store and returning with candy was an act of pure magic, but because Bunny's is a real survivor, a mom-and-pop hold-out in this age of Wal-Marts and Super Stop 'N Shops and Costocos. As long as Bunny's is still around, I know the world isn't too far gone yet. Long Live the Superette! Long Live Bunny's!
Kathleen Robbins - Manchester NH