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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.