This series stems from a need to communicate the corner store as, perhaps, a cornerstone of any thriving community and neighbourhood. Following this past December’s frenzied efforts to keep our beloved Le Marché St. George up and running, we are compelled to look at the history of the corner store as a way of moving forward, and perhaps even bring on a greater discussion about what we can do to bring life back into growing cities.
The corner store is a dying breed. Many of these stores lie boarded up in neighbourhoods around Vancouver - a city constantly criticized for its ridiculously high rental prices and the unholy amount of houses and spaces that lay empty and unused.
Many artists have looked at the corner store as a departure point for their own respective viewpoints on today’s culture and society. We invite all those with stories and photographs, to share with us their memories of that neighbourhood corner store you once frequented as a child. We will post some of them here, as part of Corner Stories.*
This is Wong’s Market, on Main Street. It closed a few years back.
*submit your photographs and stories to isshamarie (at) marchestgeorge (dot) com