Yes, they are inevitable. Especially when you’re talking about Roncesvalles Avenue, a high street in west Toronto virtually unrecognizable from a decade ago. That’s not strictly true. There is still (thankfully) evidence of the area’s 19th century origins. The hotbed of pre and postwar European migration is still evident in the architecture and ethos. However…

Sustainable sushi shops, bulletproof coffee and boutique butcher shops (like our beloved Custodio’s) are outpacing the perogy and kielbasa delis at a rapid pace. What’s nice is how well the old and new can coexist in style.

Speaking of old and new, while we are happy to be here at the corner of Roncey and Galley, it was poignant to bid good-bye to Mrs. Lee, the fruit and flower grocer who had occupied the spot for 35 years. Mrs. Lee, come back for a visit soon. We miss you! xoW&J