Martin’s History – the fourth generation

Bill and Marion’s children, Lynn, Debbie, Carol, Jane and Paul all worked at the family business growing up. Bill worked long hours, six days a week, so coming to the shop on Saturdays and during busy seasons gave us a chance to spend time with him. We each learned valuable lessons: how to work hard […]

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Martin’s History – the story of Bill Martin

Our story continues with the next generation of Martins. Bill took over the shop in 1950 after the death of his father. He carried on the tradition of cute live animals in the shop window, and even tried a monkey in a cage. A monkey’s not as exciting as you might think – it bit […]

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Martin’s History – the story of Gordon W. Martin

It turns out that 115 years of family and business history doesn’t fit neatly into one blog post. So today in our second instalment, we’ll look at Gordon, the person who gave our business its official name: Gordon W. Martin Florists Limited. Gordon was born in 1898, the same year our property was purchased. In […]

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Inspired Flower Arrangements

We’ve had some beautiful arrangements made in the shop this September. So here are some photos of real arrangements for your inspiration! This is a lovely centrepiece for a party: The swirls of leriope grass inside the glass vase really make this lovely! Now here is a lower centrepiece for a baptism party. The rose […]

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Custom Funeral Flower Designs

There is a long history of flowers being offered as a tribute to the deceased. These days, bouquets are often placed at the scene of a fatal car accident or a shooting. There was a large display of orange blooms at Toronto City Hall and at the constituency office of the late Jack Layton when […]

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The Farm is coming to the City

We’re looking forward to the first Farm Fest in the Junction! Do your children think that milk and eggs come from the grocery store? Have they ever seen a real goat or chicken? The Junction BIA is hosting a children’s educational event on July 23rd. Kids will be able to meet real Ontario farmers and […]

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Junction Arts Festival Photos

The Junction neighbourhood just keeps getting better. Last weekend’s Arts Festival brought in lots of people from the surrounding area and even from out of town. Although the weather was not perfect, the cloudy days meant no sunburns! Here is a photo of our sidewalk display, featuring fresh, Ontario-grown orange lilies: On Sunday, the lilies […]

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Art and Flowers at the Arts Festival

The Juction Arts Festival is back again this weekend, bigger and better than ever. We are amazed at how quiet the street is this morning, as traffic has been blocked from Runnymede to Keele, then from Keele to Indian Grove. That’s a serious walk, folks! There are vendors setting up on the road and restaurants […]

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Dressing up for the Junction History MashUp

On June 3rd, we participated in a show at Humberside Collegiate. It was written and directed by Neil Ross of the Junction Historical Society and featured original music by Isaias Garcia. Ten young actors performed, through narration and drama, vignettes from the past.Using cedar boughs, they were young trees growing, native Canadians building longhouses and […]

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Vesuvio Pizza is Best in Toronto

Check out this article in today’s Toronto Star. Our favourite Pizzeria, Vesuvio’s, won a taste competition. Congratulations to all!

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