Neat video from GridTO about Wayne Reuben, the guy that hand-paints all the signs at Honest Ed’s. There’s also an older article here.
I also just read that Honest Ed’s might be up for sale, which upsets me a lot. Toronto has this habit of wiping historic/iconic things off the map to make room for newer shinier buildings. Honest Ed’s is gaudy and ostentatious to some, but for others it’s like a kooky uncle that’s always around when you need him.
I have a memory of going there when I was five with my mom and a family friend, and being so in awe of the place. There was just so much to look at, all these trinkets and objects everywhere. I think at the end of the visit I got a small plastic piano and I learnt how to play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and I was so happy.
When I was at OCAD I would go to Honest Ed’s to find supplies for all my weird projects. I always left the place with exactly what I was looking for. Also, I always really wanted one of those ceramic Elvis heads. It’s the kitsch I love.
I don’t know if it’s just typical nostalgia that plagues people my age, but I can’t imagine Bloor and Bathurst not having Honest Ed’s. To me it would be like Toronto without the CN Tower. I guess only time will tell what will happen to Ed.