Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stan Walker Drugs


This would be what is called a ghost sign - one painted on a building for a long-gone business and which will slowly fade away. This lovely little building has been used as studio space for many years but the lovely signage from its days as Stan Walker Drugs is still intact. There are not many of these small independent drug stores left in Toronto - the big box stores have taken over!
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22 comments:

Paul in Powell River said...

They keep it looking nice.

EG Wow said...

Unfortunately chain stores have taken over the GTA. Even the little drugstore in my village is a chain - not a BIG BOX chain, but a chain nonetheless.

LĂșcia said...

The same happens here, only big box stores.
The building is very nice, it's so cool you found this old sign still intact! ;-)

Randy said...

Nice that it is still there. The flowers are beautiful.

Regina K said...

KC has lots of building with business names faded on the sides.

VioletSky said...

Hopefully, the awning will help preserve the sign for a few more decades.

Andy said...

Nice photo of something that is going the same way as the corner store.

ewok1993 said...

I wonder what made them keep the sign.

Sharon said...

I know that there is savings in volume sales but, it is just sad to me that these independent businesses are disappearing.

Genie said...

I love the users of the space saving the sign from the former owner. There are some people left in this world who do not want to change everything. Like the post. genie

Sallie (FullTime-Lifie) said...

Oh -- I was just starting to wonder how they could stay in business in this day and age -- and then I read your explanation. Yeah -- it is kind of too bad that the small stores have all bitten the dust...when we shop while we travel, sometimes I forget what town I'm in I am glad they saved the sign tho -- and that the building is being used and loved at least.

Lesley said...

There is nothing more boring than going from town to town and seeing exactly the same chains of stores. There was a time when the owner's name above the store really meant something!

Luna Miranda said...

this is a beautiful building. i love the bricks and the vine-covered facade.

Jack said...

The sign is in awfully good condition. It needs to begin wearing out.

Pat said...

The sign is deceiving as it looks pretty new! That building looks so quaint with it's ivy-covered bricks and the flowers out front.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I like that they left the sign up. What an attractive street front the business presents.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a great looking building Red, the ivy covering the walls is fantastic, wonder what they use the studio for? I agree that the sign is probably still in good shape as it's being protected from the elements by the awning! Gorgeous shot!!

Francisca said...

I agree with everyone that it's a pity the mom'n pop stores are a dying breed. It's good thing I don't shop (never did much, and do almost none now), because like Lesley, I find the chains to be totally unappealing and it's boring to see the same stores in Capri as in Miami.

Halcyon said...

A very cute sign. I haven't seen any small pharmacies in my area. Only big box chains.

Birdman said...

... another one bites the dust.

Michael Rowland said...

nice greenery,,,M

JM said...

Awesome green wall! Lovely pic.