Squibbs turns 95

Squibbs celebrated their 95th anniversary this week and got a nice piece on CityNews.

“I know this was the path I was put on, to be in retail and I think more to carry on the legacy of the Squibb’s.”

Weinberg-Linsky has never forgotten the goal of the family business – to be 100 per cent Canadian and independent. Despite the reconstruction plan taking over her block, she plans to keep Squibb’s alive for its 100th birthday.

“There is a proposed redevelopment of the stretch that I’m on and we refused to sell until we realized that we were the last ones,” she said. “We had made the decision that we will keep it going until 100 and then we’ll close.”

Olympic Variety is closing

My heart is broken. My dear Olympic Variety, at the intersection of King and Elm—and just across from my house—will be closing on March 31.

I can’t tell you how much joy May, Steven, and Pa have brought to me and my family. They sold us pounds of candy, barrels of Fresca, and yards of freezies—and they saved many, many dinners.

My kids grew up with that little store. They learned to cross the street safely to go buy treats. They bought their friends way too much candy, and they sat happily for hours on the front porch gabbing and eating it.

Olympic Variety was a part of our family. May, Steven, and Pa, we’re very grateful.

Article in The Star on YIMBYs in Mount Dennis

The Toronto Star has a long article on the Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework and the changes coming to Mount Dennis.

The lack of investment in Mount Dennis is readily apparent. Many businesses near the former plant are struggling or have closed, as you can see when you drive south on Weston Road, a major street in Mount Dennis that has a number of boarded-up shops.

But a comprehensive new 223-page “Picture Mount Dennis Planning Framework” based on input from local residents, business owners, local non-profits and community groups, aims to change that narrative, as Mount Dennis is about to turn into one of the most transit-connected parts of the city.

Overall, the framework document calls for more development and density for the Mount Dennis community. Residents and businesses in the area say they’re open to that and hope to parlay it into local investment and community benefits that other parts of Toronto enjoy.