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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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Whether you're new to Ottawa or have been here forever, it's good to know that the vinyl scene is well and alive in the nation's capital. Especially in the downtown core, there's plenty of record shops to get your vinyl fix.

There's vinyl for all tastes of music in the city, from oldies to recently released albums. You're bound to go on a fun record treasure hunt when you're snooping through these 7 record stores in the city:

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Tu viens d'atteindre la vingtaine et tout ce à quoi tu peux penser c'est d'avoir ton propre espace, inviter du monde et mettre le volume à fond! Déménager en appartement à Montréal pour la première fois est une expérience que tous les gars attendent, presque autant que d'obtenir leur permis de conduire. Certains choisissent de se prendre un appartement seul, mais vraiment, qui n'a pas rêvé de déménager avec son meilleur ami?

C'est clair qu'à priori, habiter en colocation avec un ami est la situation parfaite, sauf quand votre colloque étudie pour son examen de science informatique quand vous ramenez une date Tinder à la maison, c'est là que t'aimerais vivre seul. Ouais... en vivant à Montréal, tu risques de tomber sur des personnalités différentes à chaque coloc!

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