One of Toronto's most curious landmarks, Honest Ed's Bargain Store closed on December 31, 2016 after 68 years operating at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor. This weekend is the farewell bash and the store has been transformed into an art maze and community events. Lily and I attended a ukulele workshop and learned how to play "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent.
The bargain store was known for its hand painted red and blue signs. In the fall, there was a popular sign sale and I was able to pick up a few examples for our home and as gifts.
In November, the Bathurst subway station signs were transformed in Ed's distinctive script.
Shortly after moving to Toronto, my husband and I had a chance to meet Ed Mirvish, the founder, in 1997 when we went to his restaurant, Ed's Warehouse before seeing a musical at one the Mirvish theatres (Blood Brothers). He came over to our table and was so personable and since that chance meeting I have always had a fondness for the mark he has had on the City of Toronto. Farewell, Honest Ed.