Old Tacky Bastard
Speaking of Honest Ed…All jokes aside, I think he was a great man that did this city a huge favour by basically creating a world-class theatre city single-handedly.
I’m sure every child born and raised in this city has fond memories of Honest Ed’s at the bright and shiny corner of Bathurst and Bloor, with it’s lightbulb signs and painted lure slogans, tack was always in full effect and on overdrive but you knew where to find a bargain from miles away.
This is that famous corner back in 1948 when Honest Ed Mirvish first opened his store with the help of his late wife’s insurance policy of $212 (Which would be the equivilent of about $1807 today)…Hmmm….Wife’s insurance policy eh!?….
Amongst the bins and racks and dusty shelves you can find bargains such as this:
Now come ON a shirt AND a tie?!…..IN A BOXXXXX!!!
For real though! Why you gotta make a nigga all embarrassed to shop there an’ shit!?
Needless to say, embarassing or not, Honest Ed has and continues to help a lot of people in this city who were/are not fortunate enough to afford The Bay or Eatons and for that, you can’t knock the tackiness that is, was, will always be, Mr. Ed Mirvish (July 24, 1914 – July 11, 2007).