When my sim goes to town, he is in the store or the movies and I can't go in. I'm outside. Is this normal? Do I have to wait for my sim? Can I not see anything inside the community shops? How do I get inside the shops with my sim so I can meet people like in Sims 2?
No you can't go inside community lots. You may be albe to go into some like the gym, but for most others you can't. This is one of the let downs of the Sims 3. I have the Sims 3 PS3 edition which came out today, so they might make changes since its a very new game.
The short answer is that you can't go inside with your sims int he building community lots.They are "rabbit holes". I don't know if EA plans to modify this in future expansion packs. If you are having trouble meeting other sims, try going to the park in the center of town in the afternoons and on the weekend. Most everyone in the neighborhood will eventually show up there at some point in time. Read the newspaper and you will sometimes get a notification of a community event such as a cook off. Lots of sims go those.