Mac FAB Sews leaves Beach Hill

The rumour I heard months ago was true. 1552 Danforth at Coxwell will be the new home of our little fabric and sewing supplies store. The new location, near DeSerres art supplies, is expected to be operational in a week.

I doctored the photo I used a mere 16 months ago, announcing the arrival.

The news effectively finishes off retail between Normandy and Kingsmount, on Upper Gerrard, at least for now. One storefront offering music lessons remains. City Jug Milk, Harry’s Variety, Mac FAB Sews and the late Brian Chapman’s UK Sails loft are all closed. The rest of the stores are being used as residential.

Misplaced sympathy?

When Rocca’s No Frills supermarket had to close suddenly for extensive repair, I thought that the 3 year, still ongoing reconstruction would wreck franchisee Rocca’s business income. A chance discovery on Google Maps revealed a Rocca resurrection … on Front Street.

I just noticed that a space between No and Frills was considered a frill. (Google Street View photos)

So, will there be a Rocca return to Coxwell around the end of the year, as Beach Metro News suggests?

Looks so nice without all the wires and telephone poles. I can hardly wait.

Who played Boggle?

Remember rolling dice with letters on them? You had to make as many words as you could from them. The game was called Boggle and this sign got me playing again.

I think our neighbour Nigel made these lovely wooden letters.

CITY JUG MILK has been closed for a while, now that Lorie and Edit are committed exclusively to their Budapest Restaurant up the street. These letters may come down, if a new owner takes over. What could we make of them?

I probably haven’t exhausted the possibilities, and only one group (boxed) uses all of the letters. Got more? That’s what Comments are for. Oh, I’ve already seen another one … and another. Over to you.

Regent Park centrepiece

Constucted in 2012, it has taken me 7 years to take a close look at the wonderfully designed Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre. First, a slide tour, although photo ops were limited. Click any slide for a bigger picture.

The visit offered many surprises. Regent Park redevelopment is well along and construction of more residential accommodation continues. We all see the towers from a distance, but only a walk reveals the great green spaces, plazas and boulevards that contrast with the high-rises. There are parks, community garden spaces, basketball courts, playgrounds, soccer pitches, running tracks and dog runs. Architecture is bold and impressive.

Regent Park Boulevard boasts a Shopper’s Drugs, a George Brown college unit and a Tim Horton’s.

Participatory art, sport and communal gardening and cooking play large parts in the spaces surrounding the new mix of high-rise, mid-rise and townhouse builings. It will take at least one more post to touch on all I saw on just one walk-though.

Looking north, across the Bruce Kidd track and soccer astroturfed soccer field.

Across the big grassy field in front of the aquatic centre, kids were putting their lunches together. Looked like mini-pizzas. They were under a shade pavilion right next to communal garden plots, so I suspect some of the ingredients were very fresh.

More to come. If this is the future, it looks quite bright.

Artless simplicity

One scrawler with a spray can recently made a display of low self-esteem, on a stroll from Gerrard to beyond the Danforth.

Something we can agree on

This has nothing to do with street art, of course, and compared with arson, vehicular homicide and shootings, it’s a minor nuisance.

For want of a better term I call it urban acne.

City workers prepare fresh canvasses and the beat goes on.

Tim Skynz at the Pony

Tim Skynz is a listed Toronto street artist who has also produced a big Creature Comforts show at the Flying Pony Gallery/Café. His colourful canvasses and panel paintings … yes, paintings, not prints … are available for astonishingly low prices.

Careful viewers will note the spelling on the tag … Schijns

I believe that the artst’s name “Schijns” is his proper surname, but spelling it “Skynz” had obvious pronunciation advantages.

This one is on canvas and might be 16″x20″ or thereabouts.

The words “Eskape Reality” refer to a street art crew that Tim Schijns led. Andrew Horne commissioned them to adorn the exterior walls of his studio/workshop behind the café. Here and here.

This little piece on panel is about the size of a brick.

Equine wing design

As Boeing should have known before it deployed the Max8, wing placement on the body is critical.

A. Traditional shoulder mounted wings –– B. Better aerodynamics

While waiting for my Vietnamese Iced Coffee (delicious) at the Flying Pony Café today, I had time to note the different wing positions on these Pegasus models.

Design B moves the wings back, reducing a tendency to push the nose down. However, this wing placement would have a negative impact on legroom for riders.

Bellerophon, properly helmeted. Without protection, those wings could beat you senseless.

Revising my hopes … again

I know that John Robert Colombo, if no one else, reads my No Frills supermarket reconstruction reports with keen interest. Ha ha.

My estimate for reopening by Halloween appears to be laughable.

An underground creek continues to slow progress, to judge by the big blue box, still on site. Even Danica’s guess of a reopening by Christmas looks overly optimistic.

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