You’re not going to stop binge eating chips by hoping you don’t eat more chips. You’re not going to get stronger by watching other people workout on TV. You’re not going to grow your business by comparing yourself to others. You’re not going to transform your mindset by avoiding risks. Risk is the ONLY WAY FORWARD. and really, it’s riskier to do nothing. Do what feels uncomfortable so you can stand proud on top of that mountain with your arms in the air, knowing you looked fear in the face and KEPT GOING 🧗♀️💥👊🔥
Located on a prominent downtown corner, the Stovel Block is one of several important heritage buildings located along 97 street.
This simple Edwardian structure was built by James A. Stovel, a successful hardware salesman. The corner lot had long been owned by Stovel who, along with his sister, had lived on it for quite sometime. In 1910, James decided to remove his dwelling to make way for the construction of his new building.
Construction was troubled and reportedly went through several contractors. This fact is plainly noticeable when looking at the building's western facade; between the second and third floor the change in brick colour is quite apparent. The building was finally finished in 1912. Unforunately its architect has been lost to time.
Early retail tenants included the Royal Bank of Canada, Aitken Tailors and a series of various grocers, including the sizeable regional brand Harry Tait. Later Armstrong Drugs would occupy the ground floor; interestingly its neon sign is now preserved at the outdoor museum on 104 street. Residents in the apartments above were largely middle-class labour workers.
The building has lost many of its original architectural features over the years. An intricate brick cornice was removed in the 1980's, replaced with orange cinder block. A large parapet nameplate and cast-iron fire escape have also been removed and replaced. Luckily the building's wooden storefronts have remained remarkably intact.
The building, which is owned by the City, has recently been put up for sale. While the City would prefer a buyer who would preserve it, they are also considering proposals for demolition. The building is listed on the city's Inventory of Historic Resources and is eligible for grant money if designated a Municipal Historic Resource.
Three extra archive photos are included. The first, from 1914, shows the building's original appearance. The second, from 1929, shows its storefront while serving as a grocery. The final photo included is from 1989.
Isle of Skye ❤️
The most common reaction when people heard about my plan to visit Scotland was : oh, be prepared for the rain and the wind.
They were right, during my one week trip, the sun showed up probably less than 3 times, it was just rainy/windy/cloudy/stormy 🤷🏻♀️ Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the breathtaking sceneries of the highlands, and my solo adventures accompanied by the rain & the thick mist.