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Honest Ed's in 2009

Honest Ed's in 2009
Honest Ed's was a discount store in Toronto that occupied most of an entire block (and, I think, owned the rest). When the store couldn't get permission to tear down some houses on the block, the store established an artists' colony in them instead.

The store began in 1948 (after expansion of an original business established in 1943) and lasted till 2016. In 2018 the entire block was razed and a new neighbourhood is building there.

My favourite memory of Ed's is in the 1970s seeing a group of Asian men in Mao suits being led goggle-eyed past the illuminated Last Suppers.

The company now concentrates on entertainment (it owns six live theatres in Toronto alone, and once owned the Old Vic) and on real estate development.

Oh, the founders were Ed Mirvish and his wife Mary.

kiiti, Will S., Steve Bucknell, Peter Van Lom and 7 other people have particularly liked this photo


18 comments - The latest ones
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Uitkijken dus met die Crooked floors
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Fred Fouarge club
And the narrow aisles, Fred. The place was jammed with stuff.
16 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Cool shot John....................honest..!!
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Thanks, Keith.
16 months ago.
 rdhinmn
rdhinmn club
What a wonderful history! I can just imagine their Going-Out-of-Business sale.
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to rdhinmn club
Ed's son bought 100 cupcake-shaped egg timers to give to the employees as keepsakes, Bob. That's a typical Ed's item.
16 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
A great bit of history. I like all the sayings especially the crooked floors. Nice that they established an artist's colony.
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Jean club
Unfortunately, Jean, the artists' colony (known as Mirvish Village) has been razed, and people are afraid it will be replaced by trendy chainstores.
16 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Bright colors and a little timetravel ! Very nice, John !
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Thanks, Ulrich.
16 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent colorful capture!
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thanks, William.
16 months ago.
 Sarah (mostly busy elsewhere)
Sarah (mostly busy e… club
Love this, such a character.
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Sarah (mostly busy e… club
There's a lot of character in this neighbourhood, Sarah. Very few cgain outlets, so they have to vie for attentuin with bright colours, lights, etc.
16 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thanks, William.
16 months ago.
 Ruebenkraut
Ruebenkraut club
Great. 30 years ago, I was at Honest Ed´s and it turned out to be one of my permanent memories of Toronto. I even took an inside picture (analogue of course).
16 months ago.
John FitzGerald club
has replied to Ruebenkraut club
It was quite a place, Ruebenkraut. I have memories of it from when I was about five. Usually I remember buildings from that age as being huge and spacious, but not Ed's -- it's always seemed crammed to me.
16 months ago.

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