Again folks, not one but two yarn/knitting stores: Stitch and The Fibre Garden. This may seem excessive to some, but it's honestly a comfort to know that that if (heaven forbid) one yarn shop should catch fire or become infested with termites, there's still a spare to fulfill all of one's knitting needs.
From motor oil and and movies to light bulbs and mouse traps, if Avondale doesn't have it, you don't need it.
3. Trendy shops
In addition to yarn, it's easy to find all of life's little necessities in Jordan: custom hardwood floors, vintage wines, Parisian soaps, expensive works of native art. However, if you're looking for something really singular—say a brand of cough medicine that Avondale doesn't carry—you're better off trekking it to St. Catharines.
4. The Bruce Trail
Along with my doctor-recommend diet of artisan bread and whiskey, a brisk hike through the Bruce every week or so keeps me in good health, both physically and spiritually.
5. Good salt-of-the Earth folks
Because Ontario's Bible belt passes through these parts, a good Samaritan is never hard to find. This is especially handy if your tires have a difficult time staying physically attached to your vehicle. (With tires as with yarn stores, it's always advised to have a spare in case of emergencies.)
6. Churches abound
I count five within a five-minute walk from my bed. See above.
7. The Jordan House
The food may be mediocre, but the beer is cold and on weekends the J-Ho always hosts the biggest and the best local cover-bands (do covers of Wonderwall ever get old?).
8. Wine festivals
With Grape and Wine, the Niagara Wine Festival, the Niagara Icewine Festival, Wrapped up in the Valley and countless other such festivals and half-baked promotions, nary a week goes by in this region that the nectar of the gods isn't publicly extolled in one way or another (Niagara: where Dionysian mirth meets corporate interest). Jordan in particular is home to the "Not Just Ice Wine Festival," so titled to allow for everything from fried pickles to goat's meat on a stick.
9. Everyone knows where you live
Because Jordan is (or used to be, at least) such a frequented spot, many are familiar with the lay of the land. This makes giving directions much easier.
10. You can sometimes read about your town in the Toronto Star
Came across this article last summer. Jordanians take this sort of stuff for granted, but being from Mississauga—a city that doesn't often make the Star's Travel section—I still find it's something of a novelty.