October 11, 2014

The Dominion of Rochesterville

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This is just a shortie to show that I’m alive.

This small commercial facade first captured my attention back in the spring of 2013. I walked past it last weekend when I was on the way to have brunch with a friend, so I took a quick snap and decided to briefly look into it. Located at 204 Lebreton St. S. (corner of Louisa), it has served the following purposes:

  1. Dominion Stores. Rochesterville and Mount Sherwood residents were likely more than happy to have a location to purchase groceries. What’s somewhat interesting is that an area of town that’s something of a food desert today1Though the area lacks the presence of a large grocery store, there are a few smaller stores that carry produce. Additionally, there are two community gardens nearby., there were at one point a large number of small groceterias.
  2. Lingerie. A small factory operated here assembling lingerie at what were advertised as rock-bottom prices. Given the offshoring and manufacturing revolution that began to take place 20-30 following, that bottom wasn’t so bottom. 65 years ago, it was a relatively expensive to purchase a “dainty negligee”. This is an aspect to local social history that could use a little more coverage.
  3. Cam Grant Electric. During the later 1950s and 1960s, many of Ottawa’s industrial and commercial properties were transformed. As more manufacturing became concentrated in cities like Montreal or Toronto2While these were always the dominant centres, in Ontario in particular, the manufacturing industry was traditionally more spread out across the province with more local concerns., such properties took on a more “heavy retail” feel. Today, we’d see more of these operations located in industrial parks than we would in “workers'”  or low-income neighbourhoods.
  4. Arctic Refrigeration.
  5. Battleship Linoleum.
  6. Built Ideas (contractor).
  7. A stained-glass shop.
  8. Stephen Fenn Photography.
  9. Today it’s occupied by StyleHaus, an interior designer.

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1. Though the area lacks the presence of a large grocery store, there are a few smaller stores that carry produce. Additionally, there are two community gardens nearby.
2. While these were always the dominant centres, in Ontario in particular, the manufacturing industry was traditionally more spread out across the province with more local concerns.