This cheerful rugby player was visiting the Westcliffe strip mall, buying some Indian snacks at the Allspice…
…before catching the 118 to Baseline Station on his way to the Rideau Centre.
The amiable chap below suggested that I get my next haircut at his place. Usually I go to the Bells Corners Barber Shop across from the Vox, but I said I may check him out some day, as his shop was nice and the price was right.
There are a lot of unique businesses in this mall that have survived a long time.
But there are also seven “boarded-up” spots, some of them empty for years, in the Village Mews plaza (not to be confused with the Bell Mews plaza). Mews are “a row or street of houses or apartments that have been converted from stables or built to look like former stables” so both names seem a bit silly.
The empty stores make it all the more difficult for the remaining businesses to stay in the black, as they don’t benefit from the “spillover” purchases from shoppers visiting nearby stores.
But what is to be done? One anonymous store owner suggested that the solution is lower rent to attract more entrepreneurs, lower taxes (especially the dreaded Rick/BIA tax) and cancelling the expensive name change to give Ma & Pa businesses a fighting chance. A real sidewalk along Robertson would draw in more people, and a rack for bikes would be beneficial.
some other businesses in this plaza:
While cycling along the strip I managed to find about 20 different passengers. The guy on the left had his own wheels but his two friends enjoyed their ride from the sidewalk to nowhere to the TD bank.
This friendly woman lives on Tarquin and is a big bike-taxi fan.