If you seek a pleasant place to live, work, and just be, look about you.
Yes, I borrowed the sentiment from the Great Seal of this great state of ours, and I think it’s particularly, well, lovely.
Like Lapeer. Lovely Lapeer.
The alliteration seems to roll off the tongue, doesn’t it? Almost as if you’d heard it before.
Those of us who’ve been around these parts for a few decades probably start humming a tune when we hear those two words. Thanks to an old commercial from Peterson & Son, an auto dealership that inhabited the northwest corner of the Genesee and Saginaw street intersection, Lapeer has been described as lovely for years.
According to Tim Peterson, the phrase almost wasn’t — one of the business’s partners didn’t much care for “Lovely Lapeer,” finding it silly and thinking it would create the wrong image. An impromptu Man-On-the-Street style poll, however, was favorable, and “Peterson and Son in Lovely Lapeer” became the local jingle that would jangle around in our brains for years to come. In fact, the phrase outlived the dealership and a quick hashtag search finds #lovelylapeer still embedded in random social media discussions.
If you look about you, I think you’ll find that our neck of the woods is, indeed, lovely. We have history, community, natural beauty, and fantastic people. We have dreamers and doers, artists and eccentrics, hard workers and people who just know how to have a good time. We’re a lovely town, which is the heart of a fantastic county, in a beautiful rural region of a wonderful state in the greatest nation of the world. There’s a lot to celebrate here and this blog aims to highlight some of those things.
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