Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 4, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

The Cardero Grocery tucked away in Vancouver’s West End is another one of those old corner grocery stores that appears to exist in a time warp. Old painted lettering and old 7-Up logos on the facade. It seems to me the key to the longevity of these old stores is their proximity to a school. It’s not the local residents shopping that pays all the bills, it’s the children with their change buying candy and soft  drinks. The Cardero Grocery is no different, located across the playground from Lord Roberts Elementary.



Vernon Drive Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

February 16, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver | 1 Comment 

Vernon Drive Grocery, Vancouver, BC 2016

This small corner store is such a great example of the old school of  the neighbourhood grocery in Vancouver. It’s served many generations of neighbours as well children attending Admiral Seymour Elementary School across the street. The Pepsi signs are quite unique too I think, a change from the usual Coke version.

The high price of  Vancouver real estate has been in the news a great deal lately and part of that story is the fact that the housing prices are driving families out of the city core. One of the side effects of that migration is the closing of schools. What happens to neighbourhoods and local stores when families leave and schools close.

Gary Mason in the Globe and Mail had a nice piece on the issue here .



Dowler Grocery, Victoria, BC 2012

December 11, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture, Victoria | 1 Comment 

Dowler Grocery, Victoria, BC 2012

Dowler Grocery is yet another of those unique neighbourhood corner stores that has closed. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that a 7-11 opened up across the street. I’m not sure when Dowler Grocery actually closed, I don’t actually remember it being open. The unusual thing is that even though this photo was taken in 2012 the storefront still looks the same. It hasn’t been renovated, converted into another shop or housing, for which I’m glad as the colourful store front certainly brightens up the streetscape.



Dominion Market, Victoria, BC 2015

February 19, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Dominion Market, Victoria, BC 2015

A classic, corner grocery store, still open and serving the local neighbourhood.



Impulse Foods, Saanich, BC 2015

January 11, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Impulse Foods, Saanich BC 2015

This family corner grocery store closed right at the end of December 2014.  It sits across from a small garage and hair stylist, a small pocket of neighbourhood commercial enterprises. When this photo was taken there was someone inside the premises cleaning and packing up.

The details in the window already attest to a time in history  especially the sign referring to the DVD sale as the store rented videos and we all know that is a business that still barely exists at this time.

Last week the Calgary Herald ran an article and photographs on the last occupied house in downtown Calgary being demolished. A nice look at changing demographics, times and urban life. It also shows the value of documenting existing landscapes and lifestyles while they exist.



Bay Grocery, Bay Street, Victoria, BC 2015

January 4, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Street photography, Vancouver Island | 1 Comment 

Bay Grocery, Bay Street, Victoria, BC 2015The Bay Grocery is one of those neighbourhood establishments, the corner store, that get get harder and harder to find each year. I enjoy how they look front the street, at either dawn or dusk, lighting up the street for the residents.