Wind­sor’s down­town re­vival — trend or blip?

New busi­nesses fill­ing up va­cant store­fronts in Wind­sor’s down­town core

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL.CA

Some­thing

Wind­sor.

Shop win­dows in the down­town, which have been va­cant for months or even years, in some cases, are start­ing to fill up with new shops and ser­vices — and is chang­ing in they aren’t ei­ther.

Tony Wood is busy putting the fin­ish­ing touches on his new con­cept on Wa­ter Street, a com­bi­na­tion cy­cling rentals and in­stru­ment sales/re­pair shop called The Spoke & Note.

The in­te­rior is full of ob­vi­ous signs of ren­o­va­tion — wooden boards, a cir­cu­lar saw ly­ing in wait, a level lean­ing against the your usual stores wall. It’s a work in progress. But the rain­bow hearts and mes­sages from Wood’s young chil­dren on the gi­ant chalk­board shows there’s lots of love in­side as well.

Wood grew up at Moe’s Place Mu­sic in Wind­sor, now Moe’s Place Mu­sic School, play­ing mu­sic and learn­ing how to re­pair in­stru­ments. Although he’s happy Moe’s has fo­cused on pro­vid­ing mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion, he wanted to bring the orig­i­nal Moe’s vibe back to town.

“We were just miss­ing a lo­cal area to buy strings, to hang out, to jam,” Wood said. “I wanted to take that, re-cre­ate it, add my own vi­sion to it and also ap­ply an­other pas­sion of mine, which is cy­cling, com­mu­nity, and ex­er­cise.”

He fig­ured, “Why not blend the two to­gether?”

The store will en­com­pass in­stru­ment sales and re­pairs, as well as ac­ces­sories on one side, with bi­cy­cle rentals, ser­vice and more on the other. He’s hop­ing to open his doors at the end of March.

The store is lo­cated on Wa­ter Street, in the former Our Mother’s Keep­ers lo­ca­tion, which moved to Ger­rish Street in early 2018.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Tony Wood is hard at work get­ting his new store, a com­bi­na­tion of in­stru­ment re­pair and bi­cy­cle rentals, up and run­ning in time for March.

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