After much reflection, and forty years of service, Nicholas Hoare is retiring. Our flagship store in Toronto will close on April 1st.
Until then, however, we shall continue to function full-speed ahead, maintaining regular hours as posted. Special orders, credit notes and gift certificates will be honoured as usual; and, to further accommodate customers, can also be collected between noon and 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, for the first two weeks of April, after which they will necessarily be cancelled.;
Thus concludes a golden era in bookselling, from three entirely different cities, each with its own character, style and tastes. With the Front Street lease now up for renewal (through Allied, our amenable, long-term landlords), he has decided to mark his 70th birthday with an orderly run-off, the sale of his trademark fixtures, and a full-time move to his 350-acre property in Nova Scotia.
It is, therefore, the occasion to acknowledge our gratitude to our loyal clientele for their support over many years. Since first we opened, in 1971, they have been a constant joy; and, given the frequently eclectic choices of our founder, have not only vindicated his cherished policy of less is more – hand-picked and preferably face-out – but have thoroughly endorsed a manicured, high-end tradition that has flouted competitive trends for decades.
On behalf of our entire staff, therefore, a 12-gun salute to our many customers, old and new. It’s been a privilege to serve you; we’re profoundly grateful; and we wish you and your reading well – including, we hope, this blog.
(More about Nova Scotia)
The Hoare house is located in Annapolis Royal – a bucolic, country community, two and a half hours south-west of Halifax. Adjoining the Bay of Fundy, with rich soil and a micro-climate, it is not only highly conducive to gardening, but also such crops as peaches, apples – and grapes.
Plans include a fledgling vineyard; revamping the garden; and pure book porn: the construction of an 18,000-volume library from scratch. The latter will play a predominant part in our blog going forward, along with the property as a whole.
It is also his intent to modernise the only stone house for miles. Virtually untouched since the fifties, this unique residence was built in 1935, on steel beams, to exacting standards, by the then Vice-Chairman of ALCOA, who literally bought his own quarry to do so.