2728 Howe Street, Britannia

2728 Howe Street

Our story beings in 1910 with the present (2017) building already standing. Currently there is no information about the building or site prior to that date.

North is to the bottom right



The site becomes a Grocery owned by “Ruggles Birtch” according to Taylor1, but the 1911 Directory lists a “Ruglas H Birtch” as a Grocer on the south side of Dufferin.

1912 – 1913

Ruglas is is now listed as living on Third Ave (Glebe) and Herbert A Stinson as the Grocer on Dufferin. Herbert seems to have attended Nepean High School prior to trying his hand at being a Grocer, then moved to Richmond to farm afterwards, residing there until his death in 1959.


The Ottawa Directory has no mention of Stinson or any other grocer on Dufferin, but a Patrick Wall is listed as a Grocer on Priscilla.


Garfield W Cummings is now listed as the Grocer at the corner of Main and Dufferin and there is no listing for Patrick Wall.


Eva Taylor1 states that “by 1920” James Isbister has assumed Birtch’s grocery, but as documented above, at least two others had been grocers there between them,. In 1919 the Ottawa Journal lists Isbister as one of the grocers in Britannia Bay, the other being Nesbitt at the Britannia General Store. The Ottawa Directories 1911 to 1916 list Isbister as a resident on Royal Ave in Carella Park (Westboro).


According to Eva Taylor1 a John Farrel took over the store in 1927, and also became Postmaster when Nesbitt resigned, but she does not state when the latter was.


The Village Inn

1950s photo credit Sheila Smiley




Ayoub’s Confectionary


The business is advertised as For Sale as the owner (Mr Ayoub?) is retiring “for health reasons.”

< 1974 >

A robbery of the Quik Shop Confectionery is foiled in the planning stages.

< 1978 – 1980 >


< 1985 – 1987 >

Britannia Bait and Tackle ShopBait and Tackle Sign


< 2007 – 2013

Britannia Art Gallery

  • David Meuser Prop

2013 – July 2017

Antique Hoarders

July 2017 – Present

Vacant: The building has been for sale since the spring of 2016, so it seems likely that changes are in the offing. The run down state of the property means it almost a certainty that the current building will be torn down and something else built in it’s place, but what and when is anyone’s guess.



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