Retail therapy / by Mario Mirabile

When I was young,  it wa always a bit of  thrill to go shopping in the city. From the myriad small shops to the huge department stores, the array of goods on offer was mind boggling.  Even as I got older and left home,  it was still a bit of a novelty.  I distinctly remembr the guilty pleasure of being able to shop on  Saturday afternoon when legislation was introduced to allow trading at this formerly sacrosanct time. 

These days, retail is locked in battle with with online sellers for supremacy. Shops have becoome much more interesting in design and layout  in a effort to attract shoppers back through their doors.  Symmetry and order seem to be in favour as themes,  and this can make them interesting subjects. It's almost enough to make shopping novel again.  But only almost.