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Since the late 19th century Americans have been shopping at department stores for clothes, food, household goods, and more. Department stores have historically been anchor stores in malls or shopping centers, but today more of these retail outlets are standalone destinations for one-stop shopping for everything from cosmetics to lawn furniture and pet supplies.

Today brick-and-mortar stores are only one facet of these omnichannel retail chains, each of which now offers varying degrees of e-commerce with in-store pickup and delivery options expedited by the COVID-19 pandemic. Department stores that sell food and cleaning products were deemed essential and able to stay open during the lockdown.

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Friendly neighbors, safe streets, excellent schools, and quieter regions near bustling cities are all qualities some of the best small towns in America share in common. To find the best small towns to live in across America, Stacker referenced Niche's Best Places to Live study, released in August 2021, which ranked American towns by overall quality of life. The variables used by Niche include cost of living, health and fitness, and weather. Any town with more than 40,000 people was excluded.

The top cities on this list run the gamut from long-established villages in the suburbs of New York City to planned communities in Virginia and Texas. They feature stops on the Underground Railroad, buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, and community traditions—apple festivals, communal gardens, ice cream socials, and harvest markets—reflecting their roots as farming towns.

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Spring is in the air and we're all starting to thaw out from the cold winter months. Now is the time to begin searching and bookmarking new experiences that allow you to fully enjoy the warmer weather and soak up the soon-to-be summer sun.

Why not take this opportunity to discover your local BC Wine country and taste some of the best wine that BC has to offer?

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Après des mois à ne pas pouvoir sortir au resto, plusieurs sont ont hâte de profiter de la saison des terrasses. Eh bien, le restaurant Poule Attakk à Montréal a trouvé un moyen d'offrir une terrasse à ses clients dès maintenant.

Du jeudi au dimanche, en plus de te commander un repas du resto, tu peux louer une table et des chaises pour aller t'installer au parc Molson situé juste en face. 

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L'arrivée du mois d'avril est un moment que plusieurs attendent avec impatience pour profiter des premiers pique-niques ou des premières sorties à la crèmerie. Si tu te promènes souvent à Montréal, voici huit activités gratuites à faire ce mois-ci.

Que ce soit pour retrouver un sentiment de nostalgie, découvrir de nouveaux spots en nature ou te sucrer le bec, il y a un peu de tout dans les suggestions pour accueillir le printemps et profiter de la grande ville.

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