Why I Love Toronto
2013 Year in Review - Goodbyes
This year was full of goodbyes. We said goodbye to some unique establishments, learned what establishments we would have to start saying goodbye to and then there were some things we said “goodbye please don’t happen again!” Let’s look at what we said goodbye to this year.
Why I Loved Toronto
Koilos in the Historic Distillery District
This popular art installation in the Historic Distillery District was removed after an admirer was worried tourists were damaging the art piece. The admirer – Andrew Cumming – now has the sculpture on display on the deck of his cottage in Muskoka. You know you’re filthy rich when…
London Tap House
The club was mediocre, but the patio was to die for. I am unsure of what the new country bar, that has moved in, has done with the patio, but for me the patio was the Tap Houses main attraction.
Mr. Christie’s Bakery (Lakeshore and Park Lawn)
This truly broke my heart because as a child my favourite part about going to my baba’s house was not only seeing her, but catching a whiff of the sweet smells from Mr. Christie’s Bakery. I would also purposely take the long way home on my bike to inhale that sweet smell.
This bookstore was stunning and I always had to peek in the window when I was in the area. However, the demise of this long time St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood bookstore continues to prove that e-books are killing the local book shop.
Nikita (TV Show)
The last four seasons of this hit CW series let us see inside some of the city’s most beautiful building and allowed us to see some amazing vantage points. I still believe that Nikita’s main hideout in the pilot was the old Crystal Ballroom of the King Edward Hotel. What I will miss most is hunt for Shane West.
My Summer Fling who inspired my Trinity Bellwoods Park Dating on a Budget post.
Although this fling was not the main inspiration for my segment, it definitely enhanced my focus on it and made me realize dating isn’t all that bad.
Thing we will lose next year
Chapters at the Runnymede Theatre (February 2014)
Truly a travesty. This bookstore is the heart of the Bloor West Village community and I can’t imagine how Shoppers Drug Mart can keep the history of this building while staying with its sterile décor. I guess we will see next year.
Honest Ed’s and Mirvish Village
It’s been sold and in three years the lights of the iconic Annex landmark will go dark.
Hudson’s Bay on Yonge and Bloor (Unknown, but Saks will reportedly be here Christmas 2014)
We all knew that the much neglected Hudson’s Bay on Yonge and Bloor would eventually turn into a Sak’s. It has not gotten an update like other Hudson’s Bay in Toronto, nor has the sign changed to reflect its new name. This past fall it was confirmed that the Yonge and Bloor location would become a Sak’s. If all goes well the luxury retailer will end up on the 5th Avenue of Toronto by Christmas next year.
Sears Canada (will have locations still open in the GTA, but will R.I.P. completely in the next few years)
Sears in Sherway Gardens and Toronto Eaton Centre will close in February, marking the end of the department store that bought my beloved Eaton’s. However, the companies closure in major Canadian Malls including Sherway Gardens, Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Square One as well as others in B.C., Alberta and Ottawa could mean the demise of the brand altogether in Canada in the coming years.
The World’s Biggest Bookstore (Unknown, reports say January, but employees say February or March)
The cheesy big signs of Toronto are disappearing. Sam the Record Man will probably never see the light of day again, Honest Ed’s will go dark in three years and now the big block letters of The World’s Biggest Bookstore will just be something in the archives.
Goodbye for good!
Let us forget the following pain in our asses and move on. I mean some people are still reeling from #IceStormTO.
- Rob Ford Scandal (maybe not…)