Thursday, May 31, 2012

Ward & Patch Sports

The history which lurks in unlikely places is amazing. After paying a visit to the soon-to-be-shuttered Zellers over at the Galleria, I headed west along Dupont/Annette Street and saw an incredibly-preserved piece of sporting goodness.

Just east of Jane Street, in the Baby Point neighbourhood, Annette Street hosts a number of locally-focused shops such as florists, dry cleaners and restaurants. Until fairly recently, one such shop was Ward & Patch Sports. The store was located at 777 Annette Street since 1950 and catered to the athletic needs of active west-enders until relocating to Richmond Hill as The Goalie Crease in 2010. The new shop caters specifically to hockey goaltenders and are one of the few retailers in the world with such a specialization.

As you can see in the above photos, Ward & Patch had somewhat of a wider range of products, from hunting and fishing gear to electronics, specifically radios, from all the big names like Admiral and Rogers. Yes, that Rogers.

On the day of my visit, renovations were underway to convert the space into another neighbourhood institution, a hardware store. The sign was going up for auction.

Here is what Ward & Patch looked like when the Google Street View car paid a visit in July 2009.

Photos taken on May 25, 2012 on Annette Street in Toronto, Ontario 

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