How many Nail salons can be in one shopping centre? I think they have 4 now in here. This whole mall seems to consist of 4 types of retail which include cell phone stores, hair salons, nail salons and dry cleaners. All these great business minds just seem to copy everybody else. Is there no creative ideas in the business world? Can not one single retailer down there, come up with an original or interesting idea? This has to be the most useless, pathetic mall in the city.
I was there today and it looks like another nail salon is on the way. At what point will all the nail salons go out of business due to oversupply?
Please, let's not mention the inciminating nightmare that is the underground level, I've seen flea markets with more class, and more space! As for the tower, it's true, looks totally diffetent from diffetent angles. Personally, I like it's look when viewed from the North West, I'm just keeping my fingers crossed they actually finish the roof as planned with opposing slopes, and don't cheap out like they did on the exterior ground level, can't you imagine the roof with a square top? It's bizzare, I've never seen a structure that I both like and dislike at the same time, however, let's give it the benefit of the doubt until it's finished. The accent exterior lighting on the roof looks as if it will make a welcomed addition to the lower midtown skyline, fingers crossed. That said, I wouldn't mind living there, it's the perfect location if urban density is your preference.
There certainly are ways to turn this thing around but so far, it seems nobody is willing to invest the time, money or effort, to do it. Few business people are willing to take risks. A food focused mall might be a good idea but they also need to invest in design. An artsy Kensington vibe/look would be a good thing. Just doing more of the same, will help no one.
I was downstairs there yesterday evening too. Feeling sympathetic for the underdog, I was wandering up Yonge at dinnertime and headed down. Had Chicken Katsu at Kaiju. Flash-fried chicken cutlet served with a Japanese curry sauce, steamed rice and cole slaw. Very friendly guy running the place. I don't eat much fried food, but this was pretty good.
At risk of being OT (being a Japanese curry nerd) - there are a few other places with Japanese curry - Manpuku (Grange), Tokyo Grill (Y+Wellesley) and apparently a newcomer - Gyugyuya (Bay/Dundas). Haven't tried the latter yet, will report after I do!