We woke up this morning to the news that there had been a fire at the corner of Prince and Kent Streets in downtown Charlottetown — just two blocks from our house. The fire destroyed the former Johnny’s Mayfair Tea Room (most recently a tattoo and piercing shop), the City Cab stand, Rose’s Barber Shop, and the Tribes shop. It looks like the Princess Nails shop, and the Thai restaurant, as well as the Velvet Underground bar around the corner, were spared, but I imagine they suffered water damage. Here’s how the scene looked on the way to work this morning:
This is a both a devastating loss for the tenants of the building and significant loss for the city. My heart goes out to the firefighters who waged a long and bitterly cold battle against the fire last night.