The Lost Shops of Downtown Oshawa

Where did Oshawa buy food, clothing, and, well, everything else 100 years ago? We explored the Robert McLaughin Gallery’s Thomas Bouckley Collection online and found stunning photos of long lost shops from downtown Oshawa. Check them out:

Mitchell’s Drug Store was located at 8 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa, and as well as selling pharmaceuticals, for a short time it was also the meeting place of the newly created Oshawa Camera Club.  This photo of the interior of the shop was taken in 1907.

If you were craving something sweet in 1890, you may have stopped at D.M. Tod’s Confectionery Store on King Street. It was sold in 1913, and spent its later years as a bake shop until being incorporated into the Woolworth Store.

The Woolworth Store was ready for holiday shoppers in this interior photo from 1914! The chain was bought in the 1990s by tb!s the bargain shop, a Canadian company, which remains today in the original King Street location.

Back in 1898, J.E. Beaton’s Grocery store on Simcoe Street was a wholesale and retail dealer in groceries, teas, coffees, crockery, china and glassware, and orders would have been delivered by horse and wagon.


Want to know more? There were plenty of prosperous Oshawa shops that have now faded into history. Search photos and information on the Robert McLaughlin Gallery website, in their online collections.