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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

Back in 2009, we published our first three part series exploring the ever-changing landscape of downtown storefronts, with a specific focus on new business and vacant commercial real estate.  Since then, we’ve revisited the series every two years.  Subsequently, in both 2011 and 2013, we found that high taxes, the

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Additions to King’s Crossing Phase Two

In 2008 King’s Crossing began to tempt shoppers with their factory outlet fashion power center on the north side of Dalton Avenue, while Canadian Tire, No Frills, Empire Theatres and St. Hubert were soon to follow on the southern half of the property.  Save for St. Hubert’s lackluster performance and

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Big Screen to Small Screen Movie Watching

Harvey and I had a great time at Kingston Family Fun World this past Friday.  We got there early enough to do a few laps on the go-kart course, grab ourselves some popcorn at the concession and then hunker down for a couple of summer blockbusters. There are lots of

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Most Anticipated Addition to Downtown Kingston

Nearly two months ago, we asked our readers to weigh in regarding recent significant business closures and what the long term implications might be for downtown Kingston. The relocation, failure and retirement of the likes of Indigo, Turks, Burrito Amigo, Urban Trade, Luke’s and most recently Just HiFi, has resulted

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Downtown Kingston’s Biggest Loss

The prosperity of restaurants and retail in any given neighbourhood is intimately tied to factors such as shifting consumer demand, economic conditions and even technological advancement. Accordingly, turnover of businesses is inevitable, whether it’s in a shopping or strip mall, big box complex or in the heart of the city.  

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

Back in 2009, I took a leisurely stroll down Princess Street, snapping pictures of downtown storefronts and assembling a digital time capsule of vacant as well as newly established businesses.  What resulted was a hugely popular three part series, which I eagerly revisited again in 2011.  As another two years

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Hall Monitor: Bumpy Road

Last night, council members, city staff and members of the media and the public packed our bags and went on a field trip – back to school for meeting number 28-2012. Due to some construction taking place at city hall, council is embarking on a form of “road show” (as

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Keep the Empire in Downtown Kingston

Phase Two of King’s Crossing began to take shape in December 2011 when it was announced that Walmart, LCBO, St. Hubert and Empire Theatre would soon emerge from this sprawling consumer complex located at Division and the 401. Both Walmart and the LCBO were suggested as new locations that would

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#ygkChallenge: Enjoy KCFF!

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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Guide to the 12th Kingston Canadian Film Festival

The 12th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival is just days away, and I’m struggling to contain my excitement. This year’s festival runs from March 1st until the 4th, and is jam packed with great Canadian films, shorts, workshops and parties where you can network with visiting filmmakers and fellow festival

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#ygkChallenge: The Empire Strikes Back

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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King’s Crossing: Phase Two

Just over three years ago, King’s Crossing laid down the first pieces of their plan to develop a massive, vacant parcel of land bordering Division Street and the 401. To date, the big box fashion outlet hasn’t spelled doom and gloom for downtown competitors, nor have the effects been negative

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