A n old-fashioned hardware store (as opposed to a superstore) is more apt to have employees who really know tools and can talk about how to use them. Instead of being shrink-wrapped, everything—from screws to nuts—can be touched and held. Try stopping in for a Neurobic approach to home improvement.
Or explore a flea market, which ranks high on novelty and the possibilities for social interaction.
Similarly, shopping occasionally at a small bookstore offers more opportunities for genuine social interactions with "book people." You're more likely to encounter recommendations from the staff related to your interests, opening up a whole new reading adventure: "Ifyou like this author, why not try..."
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