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Another welcome addition to Gerrard East

We’ve been watching the Coming Soon sign in the shop window for a while, so it’s nice to see the doors open at the Pitchfork Company.

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The Facebook “About” describes the business: Purveyors of small-batch, local, field-to-table goods and workshops brought to you by the founder of The Fairmount Neighbourhood Farm Market.

The Pitchfork workshops look like foodie fun.

The strip popularly called “Little India” is coming to life. The business mix is expanding, too, so that South Asian shops and stores have a variety of new neighbours. Victoria Whole Foods opened not long ago, The Pantry cheese shop seems to be attracting a following, the Gerrard Art Space collective has moved into a new location, closer to the Coxwell intersection, and Andrew Horne’s Flying Pony Gallery/Café is a popular hangout.

Danica finds neat toys at the Swag Sisters, The Lazy Daisy Café seems to be catering to the stroller set and there are art and photography classes going on at Lenswork. I have been getting my hair cut at Ula’s for years and our closest public library branch is a couple of blocks along. Add the good South Asian shopping at places like BJ’s Supermarket and lots of Indian restaurants and the strip is very useful. More is sure to come.

Pleasant surprise on Queen East

Noting the new sign on the old Lion on the Beach restaurant, we looked in the open door. What a change! The place is bright and airy, with higher ceilings and all new everything. The old Lion was dark and I don’t think they could ever get the cigarette and stale beer smell out of the carpeting. The new Stone Lion looks inviting, so we stayed for beer, burger and coffee.

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The burger was good and the patio (which was the only place we’d sit before) is still in use if you want to sit outside and people-watch. Service was good and servers pleasant. May you live long and prosper, Stone Lion!

Beautiful Beach Hill

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Sure, the new plantings in all of the Gerrard Street sidewalk beds are lovely but what’s really beautiful is the squad of volunteers who put them it. It wasn’t SUPPOSED to thunder shower, let alone hit at precisely the start of planting time. Undeterred, a large number of dedicated locals showed up, got drenched to the skin and planted hundreds of flowers. They were good-natured and cheerful about it, too. As rivers ran down the gutters, they noted that no watering in would be needed.

Alert citizen spots violators

alert-citizen New “stealth” graphics were not enough to keep this police car hidden from Danica’s eagle eye. Two of the Sunshine List’s Finest returned with their shopping bag, popped it into the trunk of their illegally parked getaway car and drove off to continue their relentless pursuit of law and order.

You are not seeing Captain John’s ship towed…

… not in my photo, anyway. Danica and I rode our bikes to the slip beside T&T Supermarket on Cherry Street. About 20 minutes before my photo, tugs towed the old floating restaurant off to the scrapyard… right past that gap.

Well, anyone would show you that. I show you where Captain John’s isn’t. I believe this is what’s called “gonzo” journalism, because the subject is gone when the reporter arrives.

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For a more conventional (some would say successful) approach, here’s the Globe and Mail version.