Hakim Optical at Weston and Lawrence has closed and relocated out of town.
This is the latest in a series of business closures, including the Scotiabank, the TD and RBC banks on Jane, and the Daily Bun bakery on Weston.
Your correspondent, no chicken little, does find these closures hard to square with the putative gentrification of Weston brought about by the UPX, and the Weston Common/Artscape projects.
Certainly, many businesses come and go, especially in Weston; these recent closures, however, worry me more than usual because they are of long-running businesses that have been in the community longer than I have, and, with a few exceptions, such as the Mount Dennis Weston Health Centre, few of the replacements seem to be high-revenue, community-anchor, medium-sized businesses.
I’m sure you don’t need reminding, and I’m as guilty as anyone, but at this time of delightful over-consumption, let’s make an effort to shop in the neighbourhood. Take your neighbour out for coffee at Perfect Blend; buy some books at Squibb’s (many by local authors, perfect for giving!).