Change

I somehow missed the fact that Angels — which I sang the praises of here after taking to task here — has closed. I suppose the fact that it missed my notice is part of the explanation as to why they didn’t make a go of it. But it will be missed nonetheless, and I hope Ken Zakem doesn’t disappear from the Charlottetown restaurant scene, as he’s got imagination, a kind soul, and he can cook.

Elizabeth’s Gardens, the flower shop at the corner of Pownal and Sydney, is closed too. It was another business that I like the idea of, but where I never actually darkened the door.

The PEI Company Store in the Confederation Court Mall is gone too. It was, at times, an excellent place to find interesting gifts. But then it veered pewter-wise, and never seemed to recover. They lost me once they stopped carrying Rogers Chocolates.

Just around the hall, the Family Shoe Shoppe closed recently too. I did shop there, especially for wee shoes for Oliver. There are fewer and fewer places to buy shoes in Charlottetown, especially downtown, and I’ll miss this store a lot, especially as I walked through at least once a day on my way to and from work.

Meanwhile, Interlude, formerly across from the Fire Hall, hasn’t yet settled into its new home on University Avenue just north of Euston. The sign on the door has “September” crossed off and “Soon!” written in. I miss Gong Bao Thursday and hope they open soon.

Finally, on a brighter note, Sunbeams Café has opened in the space formerly occupied by Just Juicin’. I had lunch there last week — a cheese and tomato sandwich — and it was hearty, inexpensive, and the old “go go go” vibe was pleasantly missing from the space. That end of Queen Street doesn’t figure prominently on my food radar, so I can’t make claims that I’ll be a regular customer; all other things being equal, though, I would be.

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Wade's picture
Wade on October 10, 2007 - 03:45

Ah, all the family businesses from the 70s and 80s are shutting down and replaced by the corporate CFA big box chains of the 90s.

Michael’s, Wal-Mart, etc. are the new PEI.

The strange “cult of progress” that pervades this place like we saw during the Fixed Link debate and other wonderful quirks is at it again.

I’ll miss the corner store and Mom and Pop shops of Charlottetown during my youth in the 70s and 80s though. We were sheltered before the Fixed Link and other economic forces during the 1990s conspired to change (ruin in my opinion) this place forever.

Wayne's picture
Wayne on October 12, 2007 - 19:29

Your record with predicting restaurant success is much the same as your past forays into American political forecasting.

However, this one seems easy. Inquiring minds wanna know? Come on, get out there. Let the kudos and annals fly!

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