I live in Gregory, which is one of the more obscure communities in Livingston County. And by “obscure,” I mean, “We make Pinckney seem like London.”
Yes, it’s a tad boring here. In the same way that Lake Michigan is a tad wet. We have a bar and a restaurant and a grocery store and a gas station and a couple churches. And a very cool hardware store with old-time wooden floors. And that’s pretty much it.
The biggest day of the year in Gregory is the Fourth of July, when we have a big parade featuring about 43,000 tractors and three police cars, and then some great fireworks at night. But aside from that one day every year, nothing exciting ever happens in Gregory. Ever.
Until this year.
A couple months ago, pretty much the biggest thing ever to happen in Gregory happened in Gregory. And when I say “big,” I mean “big.” On the Big Scale of 1-10, this was a 25.
What happened in Gregory?
We got ourselves a Subway!
That’s right, a Subway. In the spring of 2016, my town – Gregory – got itself a Subway. A real one – with meat and cheese and Italians Herbs and Cheese bread and everything.
Now, it goes without saying that in most towns in America, it’s hardly news when a Subway opens up. Heck, in Howell, you see a new Subway pop up every couple of days. In Fowlerville – and this is not a joke – there are two Subways about 500 yards apart from each other. Pinckney has one, Hartland has one, Brighton has one (actually, Brighton has about 10). Everybody has one.
And now, Gregory has one. I’m fairly certain that Gregory was the last town in America that still didn’t have a Subway, but a couple months ago, that wrong was finally righted.
Our local gas station, Mugg & Bopps, went through a major renovation, and when the sprucing up was done, they decided to add a Subway to their new digs. It’s a swell new eatery, and the sandwiches are spectacular.
And I’m not kidding when I say that Subway coming to Gregory was indeed big news in our town. Everybody in the community had been buzzing about it for months, ever since word leaked out from the Mugg & Bopps people that their new place was going to have a Subway. No longer would we have to drive all the way to Pinckney or Stockbridge to enjoy a Six-Inch Meatball Deluxe! Oh, joy! Rapture!
We used to feel like Livingston County’s red-headed stepchild – the only town without a Subway – but now, we take a backseat to nobody. Stockbridge, you ain’t got nothin’ on us now!
So as we celebrate this milestone in BDG (Beautiful Downtown Gregory), we move on to the next challenge: Getting a stoplight.
It’s a crazy notion, I know. But hey, not long ago, the said the same thing about Subway.