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Honest Ed's was a landmark discount store located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was named for its proprietor, Ed Mirvish, who opened the store in 1948 and oversaw its operations for almost 60 years, until his death in 2007. The store continued in operation until it was permanently closed on December 31, 2016.LocationHonest Ed's was on the corner of Bloor and Bathurst Streets, running the length of the block. The exterior was covered with huge red and yellow signs advertising the name of the store, lit up like a theatre marquee. The store sign used 23,000 light bulbs. The outside facade is covered with puns and slogans such as "Come in and get lost!" and "Only the floors are crooked!"The store consisted of two buildings connected by a walkway that links up the west building on Markham Street and the east building on Bathurst Street. The interior was modest, with simple displays of low-priced merchandise, ranging from vacuum cleaners and winter coats to kitchenware, toys and grocery items. Much of the store's decor consisted of posters and photos from old films and stage productions from Mirvish's theatres in Toronto and London, England, and of actors and musicians who performed in them (many of these inscribed to Ed Mirvish himself). Every piece of store signage was hand-painted.The building currently remains standing. However, the new owners intend to demolish the structure and redevelop the 1.8 hectare parcel of land on which it sits, which also includes Mirvish Village and a stretch of retail buildings south of the Honest Ed building on Bathurst Street running down to Lennox Street, which were rented out by the Mirvishes to local businesses.
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  • Glad I got to see inside before the doors closed in December. Inside was a bit of a maze but still fascinating and its clear what a local institution Eds must have been in its time. And I picked up an...  more »
  • Living in the Toronto area we went to Honest Ed's on Saturday's to see if we could get a bargain. As of Dec 31, 1916, Honest Ed's closed it's door for good. It was a bit corny with crazy signs everywh...  more »
  • It seems really strange rating something that is no longer there but Honest Ed's was a landmark that will be sorely missed I always used to visit it when visiting my Daughter in Toronto and it always ...  more »
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  • You just have to love this place. I'm going to miss it tremendously a piece of Toronto history that we will never see again. Instead we get condos condos and more condos. Welcome to Asia.
  • Honest Ed's has a lot of products and random items for sale. Their prices are reasonable and some of their products are legitimately amazing. I bought a pair of rain boots (made in Canada) at a very affordable price and high quality. The staff are friendly, and are willing to help out. The store is outdated and can be hard to navigate. It's also dizzying when you get lost lol. The building itself is old and outdated and the store can be messy at times.
  • The store itself is nothing special. But the man behind it is a Toronto legend. A man who transformed this city. A man who was such an an important person for spreading the arts in TO. A man who gave away free turkeys every Christmas to people who couldn't afford one. The night when the lights go out for the last time at the end of this year will bring a tear to my eye. I remember staying up at it with amazement when I was a child. Then I lived a block away from it for several years as an adult. The end of an institution is near. Sad ;(
  • Unfortunally is closed now but it was a great place to buy goodies and cheap thing from food to clothes everything i can imagine
  • Will miss this Toronto landmark! Sure, it's time for it to go, but it will always be fondly remembered as one of the kitschy landmarks that made the young city unique. The tacky slogans and light up signs have provided a sense of nostalgia that isnt easily found too many other places in the city. Ed Mirvish's contributions to the city will be remembered long after Honest Ed's is demolished!