Loblaws to open 20 Joe Fresh stores

Loblaws has announced that its Joe Fresh line will open as many as 20 stand alone stores in Canada, including its first mall-based locations. At least three of those stores will be in the Greater Toronto Area.

Who can solve this mystery of Hu?

It’s just irresistible. The old appeal of a foreign name that sounds just like an English word that means something else. Thus, “Hu’s coming to dinner” is sweeping the media today. If you don’t believe us, search Google. But what about other imaginative possible headlines. Hu are you really or Hu’s that knocking at my door or He’s a veritable Hu’s Hu or Hu can solve this mystery of love and best of all, Hu’s on First. Let’s get busy gang. Have some fun. It’s only a state visit.

Black and cream theme at Homefront

The tables have been cleared of sale and settings of Emma Bridgewater’s classic Toast and Marmalade decorate a black tablecloth. The Crow Creamer (above) last in stock was sold Wednesday morning however. Homefront today.

“Damn that Kindle” is Sleuth curse

The newsletter of the Sleuth of Baker Street contains new information on the store’s move to 907 Millwood. Sleuth has been a South Bayview fixture and attraction for some 30 years. Now, the premises at 1600 Bayview will be either for rent or for sale. The owners will downsize the operation — young adult and true crime sections will be eliminated. Books will be grouped by authors regardless of their covers — hard or paperback, new or used. The emphasis will be on mysteries. The changing nature of the book selling business is a concern. “Damn that Kindle” the newsletter says. The move is scheduled to occur early in March.

Small shop on Millwood is leased

The small shop at 850 Millwod Road corner Rumsey has been leased. It was a variety store. The space is full of recently delivered equipment related to a boxing gymnasium (right). Good luck to the new tenant.

Honey can you Yuki-taro the driveway?

Always want to be of help, you know. So Mr. Snow Shoveller meet Yuki-taro, the Japanese robot built to quickly clear streets after heavy snows. He’s a cute little guy, about five feet long and two and a half feet high, who simply plows into snowbanks, taking in the snow, compressing it and neatly stacking it in two-foot-long bricks on his rear bed. The bricks can then be placed on the curb as convenient for later pick up.

Steve Jobs goes on health leave again

Apple’s Steve Jobs goes on health leave of absence again. Check our associated blog, The Planet Guys.

Brilliant Sunday a great tonic

Sunday’s brilliant sunshine was a great tonic in spite of the cold. South Bayviewites were busy at church, shopping and in the case of this gentleman on Rolph Road, cleaning the snow from the driveway. But, of course, he wasn’t too busy to stop and chat. Thanks. Down below, a sunny day always brings out many who want to wash their cars. This was the scene at the Toronto Auto Wash at Millwood and the CPR tracks.

Rykert Cres accused a wanderer

A news item carried here December 1, 2010 now has additional details thanks to a story written by Tristan Carter in the January issue of the Town Crier. In the article, Carter provides some background on the man accused of breaking into a home on Rykert Cres. while the homeowner was outside. The 22-year-old man has the checkered background of a vagabond but at the time of the incident had a girlfriend in the area. He had argued with her and was looking for a place to sleep he said. He said he meant no harm, which from all appearances, would be the truth.

“Electric Avenue” is the street of change

The North American International Auto Show has finished its preview and is now open to the public. The show runs until January 23, 2011. A sign of changing times is seen in the pictures above, where all things electrical are gathered on — where else — Electric Avenue. There are many manufacturers there, not just automakers. One is showing a charge station facility (centre). At right, is the Nissan Leaf.

“David After the Dentist”

Highly entertaining YouTube entry on a young man who has just been released from the dentist and is on his way home. See it at a special page established at our associated blog Trish Stuebing’s Store Diary. (We’re running out of pages here).