First there was Pizza Land. And then came Dontonios, followed a few years later by the Livingston County Pizza Company. Tack on Mark’s and the frozen pizza section at Tops (Ok, maybe I’m stretching too far) and you’ve got the infamous Avon pizza industry. Oh, and did I mention Salvatore’s is jumping on the bandwagon too?
Is five pizza shops in a village of 3,394 people too many? You do the math and decide. Is there anything we, the people, can do to stop it? Not really. Now, neither Marks nor Salvatores are to be “cut down” so to speak, because they’re simply trying to make a dollar just like the rest of us, but it’s tough to forget about the local owners who are always giving back to our community, and now they need our support. I think of guys like Tylor Tilling (owner of Dontonios) who is constantly giving back, whether it’s a few gift certificates for a benefit raffle, or donating several pizzas for the Avon football games. Of course, I can’t tell you where you should or shouldn’t get your food from, but I can tell you I’d like to see the local guys, our friends, stick around for a while.
I mean come on, even small towns in Italy don’t have five different options to choose from when it comes to pizza! But I’m not worried about Italy, I’m worried about Avon. I love the Avon that supports the local guy. Let’s try to keep it that way forever.
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