Busy streets in the Glebe as shops stay open on holiday Monday

The Glebe along Bank Street looked busy with foot traffic on Thanksgiving Day, likely owing to the recent OMB ruling allowing the neighbourhood’s shops to remain open

By Adam Kveton

Shop owners and management held varying views, but several, like Dan Orton, were happy they chose to be open for business.

Orton, store manager at Compact Music, said, “The whole neighbourhood seems to be kind of alive today.”

Part-way through the day, he said business had been great. “Nobody really knew how it would go,” he said, but added he viewed the working holiday as a success.

For small family stores, being open made a lot of sense, said co-owner of Cats R Us, Bena Gwozdecky.

She’s often working at the shop on holidays anyway, so it was good to draw customers as well, she said. “We have had people begging us, knocking on the door to let them in,” during previous long weekends, she said.

However management at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles said they’re still on the fence.

They said the Thanksgiving workday was an interesting opportunity to find out if the Glebe is enough of a destination for people, but said the final verdict was still out.

Brittney Pavlovic said she was thankful to have a place to grab some coffee with her parents, though her father, Perry, said store workers need the time off too.

This article originally appeared on Metro News.