I drive past this old store every day on my way to work. It looks deserted, abandoned, a candidate for demolition...and each time I drive past I wonder when exactly was the last time there was so much demand for violin repair and restoration in Calgary that it merited a whole store dedicated to these activities?
Imagine my surprise when I finished work early one afternoon this week and stopped off on my way home to take a photo of the store and saw that the "open" sign in the window was illuminated! This store is a going concern!
Gough's violin restorer's is situated on the Trans-Canada Highway which runs the breadth of Canada from St. Johns Newfoundland in the East to Victoria British Columbia in the West.....all 7,821km of it. It's the world's longest national highway and as it passes through the north of Calgary it's known as 16th Avenue.
Either folk are prepared to drive a very long way to get their violins repaired of there are a lot of violinists in Calgary! Who knew?
7 years ago