Weston lost a bit of its history this weekend: Allen’s Scottish Butchers closed. Toronto.com has an article about the melancholy moment.
TOMORROW: Allen’s Scottish Butchers will close its #Weston doors after 55 years. “I know 90 per cent of them by name. I know their kids, I know their grandchildren. It’s a social thing as much as it is a business,” owner Steve Allen said of his customers. https://t.co/ZEfoitlieupic.twitter.com/elLDmRa3vn
The city “wants to help ensure the future sustainability of retail main streets and small, independent main street businesses”, and to plan “the types of recreation programs that will be offered in the community and ensure that programs meet the needs of all Ward 5 residents.”
It looks like North York Tire and Auto, a damned-fine auto repair business located at Jane and Lawrence, will have to relocate. The owner of 1683 Jane has asked the city for permission to build a gas station and convenience store kiosk on the property.
If North York Tire and Auto has to close, I, for one, will miss them. They were invariably good to me—though I suppose they would be, since my goddamned Mazda 5 put their kids through university.
Greenland Farms has sprouted some new signage on its windows. Work is going on inside to renovate the building and apparently it will reopen as a retail entity later this year. The final incarnation of the store is still unclear but this is a promising sign.
The building will eventually make way for development but in the meantime Weston residents may have fresh produce once again within walking distance. Thanks to Suri at Squibbs for the information.
Premier Doug Ford has returned from Florida with some new inspiration provided by Canada’s ‘11th province’. Doug seems to take his cultural lead from either Chicago where Deco Labels has a branch plant, or his Florida compound (Mar a Fordo?). According to rumours, the premier wants to truly make his mark on Ontario by re-jigging our licence plate motto. Some of us oldies can remember when it was ‘KEEP IT BEAUTIFUL’ and then the current, ‘YOURS TO DISCOVER’. Hell, I can even remember when we had to change the damned plates every year – everybody at the same time, front and back – in the middle of winter! Imagine the line-up at the liquor store on Christmas Eve – changing plates was similar, except people had to line-up outside and there was no booze at the end.
The trial balloon floated on Friday indicates that Mr. Ford is keen to change the slogan to a more capitalist, ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’. He also wants to get rid of that pesky front licence plate (just like Florida). One immediate benefit will be to give parking officers a little more in the way of exercise.
Perhaps readers can help Mr Ford come up with a better and more creative slogan for our car’s er, plate. Kindly place your suggestions in the comments section here, or on Facebook. Remember to keep it beautiful clean.
The BMO at Weston and John closed on Friday; the nearest Bank of Montreal branch is now at Jane and Wilson.
Two TDs, the BMO, the Scotiabank, and one Royal Bank have closed in recent years. (I could be forgetting some, and yet others have closed in Mount Dennis.) We now have only one major bank branch left: the Royal Bank at Weston and Lawrence.
While the major banks have left town, we do have at least 11 cheque-cashing and money-lending businesses, demonstrating that residents do need financial services—but not ones the major banks will provide.