Some things seem to burn brightest just before they go dark. The corner of Queen Street East and Elmer is bustling, as Harold Zolte’s crew puts out boxes and boxes of new clothing and accessories onto the sidewalk tables. The stock has to move. Ends is closing this summer. Sad. The Beach retail strip needs this kind of place.
Can the vibe survive on this little corner? Don’t we all assume that the two-storey stores will fall to condo developers. Harold says he doesn’t know, but maybe not. There’s more than Ends adding character.
Buds’s Coffee place is about as laid back as you can get … two doors east of Ends. The counter man says they are going to try to hang in. I hope so.
Bud’s is where I had coffee today with a sculptor I just met. That’s another story about this busy little corner. It’ll need its own post, and slides. Coming up next.