THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY: MARY’S STORE Long-time local resident looking forward to Goldboro LNG Project 

It doesn’t look like much, a small, nondescript building with a pair of gas pumps that have seen better days. But don’t judge this book by its cover. Like so many small Canadian towns and villages, Jim and Mary Rhynold’s Gas and Confectionary in Goldboro, Nova Scotia oozes community, tradition, and values of a bygone era.

Mary Rhynold moved to Goldboro with her mom and dad in the early 1960s when she was 14. And the family has been running the store ever since. Her parents have past on but Mary and her husband continue the family tradition, running the store for the past 34 years.

Along the way it’s become much more than a family business, it’s about her broader family – the community and the bonds they have developed over a long time. Many travel to Mary’s store from afar, from the big cities as she calls them – busy spots - to soak up the culture and the ‘comfort’ Goldboro offers.

After three decades running the store, you’d think Mary might want a break, maybe even retire, giving her the gift of time to soak up the local culture and the comfort she has grown to know so well. But like any labour of love, that’s a tough sell. “This is my life,” she says, getting a bit emotional. “I think about closing it because I get tired but when I really think about it I don’t do it. It’s my life, been that way forever.