I needed someone to restring my tennis racquet and we have no tennis shops in Okeechobee. The one sports store, Hibbert, told me, “We don’t do tennis”. It’s their store and they need to sell what keeps them in business. Apparently tennis gear sales won’t profit them. We also don’t have a bicycle shop, a little harder for me to understand.
Maybe there aren’t so many cowboys riding bicycles and there aren’t a lot of paved streets in the county. But there must be five thousand old bicycles in the Okeechobee resorts. This is, I think, almost certainly the fruits of having a Wal-Mart in a small town. Okeechobee formerly had a bicycle shop. Perhaps there was also a tennis shop, before Wal-Mart. It is sad a town loses so many small businesses to a mega-store, and the mega-stores can’t at all serve the same needs.
The closest tennis shop is in Stuart, 40 miles east of Okeechobee. And, yes, there are bicycle shops in Stuart also. We packed a lunch and our beach stuff and the racquet and followed Lucy (the garmin chick) to Stuart. The beach we sought was naught — hurricanes washed out Bathtub Beach October 2007. (http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/jan/25/30bathtub-beach-may-be-off-limits-for-year-or/) Practicing our flexibility again, we found another beach with parking and facilities and enjoyed a great day at the beach.
After a wonderful beach day we stopped by the tennis shop and dropped off the racquet for restringing. Gee, we’ll need to return to Stuart to pick the racquet up. Let’s make it another day at the beach!