A sure indicator that you’re in Hastings County (or environs) is the sight of a Smitty’s sign by the side of the road.
I’ve never met Smitty myself, but I know – how could I not? I’ve seen his signs a million times – that he is the proprietor of a store that sells new and used appliances, located in the southern Hastings hamlet of Corbyville.
Smitty is quite the canny, if low-tech, marketer. His signs are so omnipresent – and have been for the past three decades and more – that they’ve pretty much become part of the landscape. And he spreads the net wide: you’ll spot Smitty’s signs in Northumberland, Prince Edward, Lennox and Addington and Peterborough counties, and if I’m not mistaken, Frontenac and Haliburton too. They might even go so far as Renfrew County to the northeast and Durham Region to the west.
But the epicentre of the Smitty’s empire is right here in Hastings County – a fact of which we can all be very proud.