|Store Type |||Discount Stores, Home Furnishings & Accessories, Pharmacy|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bathurst Station|
|Cross Street |||Bloor and Bathurst|
|Mon-Fri 10AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-6PM, Sun 11AM-6PM|
Profile Last Updated: January 08, 2009
“Toronto landmark most readily seen from the moon” is just one of the silly slogans that adorns the exterior of the famed Honest Ed’s. Occupying a humongous space at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor, the behemoth shopping centre is site to a sprawling 160,000 square-feet of deals and bargains, where customers are urged not to faint at the low prices—because there’s no place to lie down. The external facade is decorated with Depression-era placards bearing vaudevillian quotes of varying amusement, all attributed to Ed himself. Inside, you’ll find not one store, but many. Need new glasses? New teeth? New prescriptions, toiletries, groceries, wine, drapes, clothing, toys, electronics? Well, look no further. But don’t look too hard: the platoons of twinkling lights could blind you. Indeed, it is a hard spot to miss on any pass through the Annex.
How Cheap Can a Guy Get?
The centre of an unlikely empire, Honest Ed’s is the Camelot of Edwin Mirvish, and has been operating under the same premise since 1948. The late Ed was as amiable a Toronto personality as you’d be likely to find throughout the city’s history, and his notoriety was two-fold: the theatre producer who loved a good bargain.
Get Lost, Literally
Inside, the walls are plastered with autographed photos of Frank Sinatra, Liberace, Lauren Bacall, and many other stars of yore. You may be greeted by a giant moose head when you’re making your way to upper levels, and Ed welcomes you to come in and “get lost”, which is actually a very simple feat. With the philosophy that shopping should be entertaining, Honest Ed’s provides all the amusement in a truly one-of-a-kind store. It’s enough to deserve its own City of Toronto street-sign designation of “Mirvish Village,” where bookstores, boutiques, art shops, cafes, and antique stores are just a stroll away.