Three owners of a convenience store

Gentrification: Why the owners of Pape Avenue’s Milk Mart are retiring

Every day for the last 19 years, Salim “Sam” Hadad, his daughter Mary and his son-in-law Emel were up at 7 a.m. to open Milk Mart Convenience at Pape and Cosburn avenues in Toronto’s Pape Village. Milk Mart serves hundreds of customers daily, all with different needs and wants. Hadad said they’ve been around so long they’re like […]

A little goes a long way

When Anisa made her way across the balance beam at the East York Gymnastics Club, her mother Tabassom Momtaheni was both ecstatic and proud. “It’s great for me,” Anisa’s mother said. “I never thought she was going to walk by herself.” What made this moment so remarkable was that Anisa, 6, had a brain tumour, which affected her balance and co-ordination, and made walking a nearly impossible task. But with a helping hand, Anisa was able to make her way across the beam. That helping hand belonged to Amanda Cyr.

VIDEO: reaction to news that Loblaws will move into Toronto’s iconic Kensington Market

Kensington Market’s newest neighbour is a Loblaws Superstore. The grocery store giant has announced it will open a new store in the Toronto neighbourhood as part of a mixed-use condo project located on College Street and Spadina Avenue. Toronto Observer’s Brittany Campbell went to Kensington to hear from residents. )

Cedarbrae Mall renovations confusing shoppers

Cedarbrae Mall is undergoing major renovations, leaving some shoppers and store owners scratching their heads. The renovations have been going on since August, according to Wayne Charters, the mall’s operating manager. “[The renovations are] good, but it takes too much time,” area resident Sajin Sultana said.