I live in a small town that has been hit hard like other small towns (thanks Walmart) and has lost many of the great stores we used to have. So now we have lots of tattoo parlors, government offices, specialized services, etc.
But luckily I live within a few steps of some of the best things in town - a farmers market with a diner, produce, meat, honey, fair trade products, crafts, etc. My favorites are the 3 bakeries - one specializes in bread and pizza, another specializes in cookies and fantastic soft pretzels, and the other one specializes in cupcakes of all kinds and cheesecake. I rarely partake but if I really must have some sugar or carbs, they are my target shops.