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Is this the teensiest variety store in Toronto?

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / June 20, 2013

Variety Store TorontoThis little orange box of a variety store is perched on the edge of a parking lot on Adelaide St. W., right between John and Peter. It looks like a bit of a temporary dwelling, a pop-up perhaps. I ask its super friendly proprietor, who tells me he isn't sure yet what the fate of the store will be. He opened up shop about five months ago, seemingly to serve the many construction workers in the area, though he doesn't confirm that.

Variety Store TorontoThe store looks like the kind of business that would normally live on a campground, so I sort of expect it to sell...I don't know, buckets or little headbands with lights on them. Fireworks, perhaps. But they just sell the usual stuff, like chips, pop, milk, orange juice, and an assortment of cavity-causers like candy and chocolate. They also have the more fun convenience store fare, like condoms and ciggies, in case you're in the market for that stuff, as well as an ATM. It doubles as a spot to pay for parking, too.

Variety Store TorontoSo..yeah. Pop on in if you're in the area and need a convenience fix. The man who runs it has the kind of smile that actually glitters and magically lifts moods...and I was in one shitty mood the day I visited. Hooray for unexpectedly cute human interaction!

Variety Store Toronto



MrPotato / June 20, 2013 at 09:24 am
Next up we review the homeless guy on the corner who sells various used coffee cups...don't let his scruffy demeanor fool you!
Holywow replying to a comment from MrPotato / June 20, 2013 at 09:48 am
best comment.
d.a.r.y.l. / June 20, 2013 at 10:05 am
you didn't answer your question.
PoTass / June 20, 2013 at 10:18 am
Almost feels like its Torontos verison of Bluth's Original Frozen Banana Stand
Nick replying to a comment from PoTass / June 20, 2013 at 10:38 am
What a reach for a Arrested Development reference.
? replying to a comment from Nick / June 20, 2013 at 11:18 am
How was it a reach?

Pretty sure PoTass knew exactly what they were referencing.
SimonsMom / June 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm
From most of your "writing" Robyn, I'd suspect being in a shitty mood is your normal demeanor.
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