Letters: Stay away from the bland 

There’s a caffeine storm a-brewin’ on the Sooke horizon...

There’s a caffeine storm a-brewin’ on the Sooke horizon, and we’d all do well to take cover in the warm friendly welcome of one of our locally-owned hole in the wall cafés.

Make no mistake, there’s a veritable wrecking ball poised to crash straight through our community, and the only thing rolling up to rim to win is the blinged out luxury cars all the developers are driving.

Here’s a little timbit worth its weight in hydrogenated fat – this big box culture that Sooke council is so enamoured with comes complete with a wide selection of pretty padded walls to choose from, and a full set of shiny bars on the picture window. Ain’t no flavour of donut gonna change that set up.

Sooke is like no other place in the world, and forever should be. There is nothing boring or uninspiring about this place.So why do we insist on building and attracting the bland? Why do we wanna taste like every other unremarkable pull-out along the Trans Canada highway?  When did we become so set on conforming?

In the name of all things Sacred Sooke, walk not-so-softly and carry a big locally roasted cuppa’ Stick, find a nice room to read in, and escape into a Viennese pastry while you still can. Demand some sweet local economy with your cappuccino, cuz local colour is a whole lot tastier to swallow than the glitter and gold of petroleum-based coffee mate and the artificial mocha-flavoured slurry of corporate coffee that would drain our hard won earnings down Sooke Road and right on outta Sooke town.

Now when our lovely local cafes start using more of our home-grown Sooke ingredients in their delicious treats, that’ll be somethin’ to really be proud of.

Mary Coll

Sooke