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The Naam
added November 30, 2020
The Naam
 One of the city's most popular vegetarian restaurants, the Naam opened in 1968 when Kits was known as Rainbow Road. It's open 24/7 and has remained virtually unchanged, both inside and out. 

144 East 6th Avenue
added November 30, 2020
144 East 6th Avenue
 Along with the nearby Depancier house, this one might qualify as the oldest residence outside the downtown core. Built in 1894 or so, the photograph is from 1958, the oldest one I could find. The house is now home to The James Black Gallery

Depencier House
added November 30, 2020
Depencier House
 This Edwardian style house, built around 1894, is regarded as the oldest currently occupied single family residence outside of the downtown core. It has gone through many incarnations, including a brothel, candy company, shoe repair and restaurant

Main Street between 7th and 8th
added November 30, 2020
Main Street between 7th and 8th
 Mount Pleasant was Vancouver's first suburb, providing affordable homes to working class families in the city. Calladine's Grocery offered home delivery to the area. 

1024 Cardero
added November 30, 2020
1024 Cardero
 These two homes were built around 1908, and one is now a popular coffee shop for the West End crowd. The other one got a new hat! 

Little Cottage Confectionary and Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Little Cottage Confectionary and Grocery
 I imagine a lot of love went into the transformation of this corner store into a beautiful home. It's getting hard to find these little neighbourhood retail relics, although I recently came across a good trove of old photos so I'm going to focus for a while on finding the remaining ones in the City. 

Cardero Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Cardero Grocery
 One of the West End's first convenience stores, the Cardero Grocery closed in 2017 and it, along with the house next door, were sold to an investment company for around $4 million. Plans for the future are unknown, but the property, although designated by the City as having significant heritage value, is not legally protected from demolition. The houses were built in the early 1900s

Seaforth Armoury
added November 30, 2020
Seaforth Armoury
 Home of the legendary Seaforth Highlanders, whose exploits are well documented here. There are also lots of great shots of the armoury before, during and after construction. 

Bessborough Armoury
added November 30, 2020
Bessborough Armoury
 This picture was taken the year the Armoury was built. Lots of interesting reading here, including how it managed to get built during the Great Depression and why it sits nestled in the middle of a residential neighbourhood. 

Helen's Grocery
added November 30, 2020
Helen's Grocery
 I can't find much on the history of this store, but it's still in business for the time being, and it's right up the street from me. The building dates from 1912 and is destined to be replaced by a  two-storey duplex

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