Changes On The Drive #61

September 1, 2016

Today was just a perfect early Fall day: cool but not enough for a jacket; the threat of rain not bad enough for an umbrella (mostly, at least). It was good to get out.

Starting as usual at the south end of my patch 2245 Commercial is still vacant (23 months) and 2240 is also vacant (13 months) but now there is a sign saying it has been leased.  The current Kingdom Beauty outlet at 2271 is still operating, but much of the building is now taken up with a large FOR LEASE sign.


The former MoGo location at 1850 Commercial is also still vacant (6 months).

In Il Mercato, both the old Strawberry Bakery (20 months) and Lombardos2Go (7 months) spaces are still vacant. Across the street, the Libra Room at 1608 (1 month) and the apartments upstairs all still seem to be empty.

I visited the new Candy Aisle store in the 1500-block and I can reveal that they don’t keep the classic English Mint Imperials which was a huge disappointment.

Down at 1408, the Pagoda pho place has the windows papered over — rarely a good sign.

Around the corner, 1704 Charles is still vacant (2 months), as are 1280 Commercial (5 months), 1104 (29 months), the upstairs at 1011 (2 months), and 902 Commercial (16 months).

The former hair stylist space at 1035 Commercial is also still vacant after 16 months. There is no evidence that Choices are in any rush to fill the space with their expansion.


Previous Changes on The Drive editions.

Image: Looking Across English Bay

September 1, 2016

Across English Bay


September 1, 2016


“By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

— Helen Hunt Jackson