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February 23, 2013

When I worked with the Thomas Bouckley Collection of Historical Photographs, I was fascinated with the pictures of stores from a by-gone era. Much changed in Oshawa’s downtown core over the decades. The concentration of shops and boutiques shifted to the Oshawa Centre (OC).

Growing up in Oshawa during the eighties and early nineties meant you had a special place to hang out. Not only was the Centre a great place to shop, it was a social and recreational hub. It had many things that are no longer: bowling alleys, cinemas, a video arcade, concession stands, independent restaurants, department store cafeterias and (best of all) a pet store where you could cuddle kittens. Some other stores that came to mind:

Consumer’s Distributing, Bi-Way, L’il Bo Peep Restaurant, The Sabre Tavern, Marks & Spencer, Kmart Canada, Shops on Top, The Malt Shop, Classic Books…

Across town and now in our memories are:

Mother’s Pizza, Bargain Harold’s, Spanky’s Arcade, Circle in the Square Records, Knob Hill Farms Terminal

Does anyone else recall any of the above? I’d love to hear your recollections… along the way to the comments section–a few vintage logos…

Bargain Harold's

Bargain Harold’s

BiWay Bag

BiWay Bag

Fill out a Form

Fill out a Form

K-Mart logo

K-Mart logo

October 6, 2011

A visit to a record store is a lot like going to an art gallery. Album art has a way of sparking new, exciting ideas. Records have a special way of connecting audio and visual elements in a way that CDs and MP3 formats rarely can. Plastic and paper, vinyl and visuals; records are the perfect package.

I’ve been going to Star Records ever since I was allowed to hang-out on my own growing up in Oshawa. The record store is the perfect place to get a dose of nostalgia, hear some great tunes and get a few laughs as you can see in the photo.

Album of the Chipmunks (photo: Allan Frank)