HABERDASHERY

HABERDASHERY

This textile company was mainly engaged in weaving fabrics for upholstery. I wasn’t able to find out a lot about the origin of this particular weaving mill. It is clear from more general historic background that the village was mainly oriented towards agriculture until the end of the 19th century, but that gradually a start was made on textile processing, mainly in the form of “homesourcing”. It wouldn’t be until after the First World War before any kind of an organized textile industry emerges. Based on the architectural style, it seems plausible that this company was established after the Second World War, when the textile industry really took off. The company ran into financial difficulties about ten years ago. A much needed investor was never found, which led to the folding of all activity, turning the last 15 employees into the street…


Not So Convenient – 2017

Not So Convenient – 2017

Echo Variety Mart was a convenient store located at Echo Plaza in northeast Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.  This small plaza sat vacant for a few months and contained a handful of stores and businesses, some of which included a dentist, a bank, a couple of restaurants and even a hair salon.  Most of the shops were empty and uninteresting but of particular interest were this convenient store and of course the dentist’s office which had everything left over from when it was operational.  This location did not last long, the plaza was demolished only a couple of months after my visits.

Shopping malls and strip plazas are disappearing at an alarming rate all over North America.  In the United States there have been many large shopping malls that have closed down during the past decade or two, but here in Canada the decline is only just beginning.  There are a number of reasons for this, some of which include online shopping, low priced big box stores and of course densification.


Swimmer’s Itch – 2018

Swimmer’s Itch – 2018

Swimming pool in a large abandoned house.

Ontario, Canada.


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