Bloor West Village in Toronto

I had to leave my house during our endless stay-at-home order and take my teen to an appointment in Toronto’s Bloor West Village.

While she was busy, I went to the drugstore to pick up a couple of items and made the most amazing discovery.

How is it I have lived 17 minutes from here (by car) and have never heard about this?

They took an abandoned theatre, and converted it into a drug store.

I was totally stunned and completely impressed.

They did a really nice job.

It had three levels: the bottom was the cosmetics section plus hair, makeup and skincare, the middle by the main doors and cash/self-checkout registers had food and candy, and the top, on the balcony, was prescriptions, medication and hygienic/feminine supplies.

I like how they kept the integrity and design of the original theater.

Anyway, when I was done my stuff I went back to the house where my daughter had her thing and sat in the backyard. It just so happens it was on top of the subway. 😳 I could feel the ground shake and rumble below me each time a train passed underneath me. 😀

When my daughter came out, I told her about the theater drugstore, and she wanted to see it. We went and I made more discoveries…

They kept the old projector on the balcony for people to see and look at.

So there’s a little glimpse into a Toronto neighborhood for you. This part of town is north of where I live but still in the west end, formerly part of the borough Etobicoke.

Too bad we’re still in lockdown, which I hear they’re now extending until June or beyond, otherwise I might have been able to wander in and out of some cute shops along Bloor Street. They’re all closed and have been for months and probably won’t survive. 😭

I’m fine. Resigned and rage-y, but fine.

See you in the comments.

33 thoughts on “Bloor West Village in Toronto

  1. That’s neat. They repurposed the old Sears in our mall to a flea market with vendors setting up stalls and selling all sorts of wares. Other stores have been turned into an indoor dog park and a farmers market stand. Gotta applaud their creativity!

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    1. Gosh I hope you’re right about the pandemic and welcome from New Brunswick. 🙂

      What area were you in when you lived in YYZ? I’m from the burbs, but am raising kids in Etobicoke, SW corner. Only place I love enough to live in in this city… 😉

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  2. Very cool. So much character. Is it a big name store like Shoppers Drug Mart? Doesn’t look like it. I love all the individual neighborhoods in Toronto. Used do do a lot of walking around the city when I was a student.

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    1. It is a Shoppers. It was very modern inside.

      In my hood along Lakeshore, there are two Shoppers within my vicinity, one older and one those modern ones that include a grocery section. I like the older one for quick stops. The modern complexes are handy in lockdown I will grudgingly admit…

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  3. Yes, a bookstore in that space seems wonderful. I give them props for the drug store idea though, and for keeping so much of the original theater intact.

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