The ownership of this home passed on to Berquist's son, Art, who was also a contractor and the house remained in the family until 2000.
It is known as Park Grocery. Before the city adopted its usage-restricting zoning bylaw, corner grocery stores were common in our residential areas.
The majority of today's neighbourhood grocery stores are operated by Chinese Canadians, who entered this field after having monopolized local truck gardening.
This bay windowed, 3-storey clap board building has suites above the shop that was originally called the Beacon Hill Grocery. This store served the East Hastings area, which is an extension of the former Hastings Townsite. The district developed rapidly with the extension of the street car lines along McGill Street shortly after 1910.
For the information I relayed on the buildings I have to thank the plaque outside the Berquist house and bob_2006 at flickr.com. The photos you are seeing today are ones I have taken.
Karen Magill, Vancouver, Flickr.com, history, Berquist, Birks British Columbia, Canada, Eton,Chinese Canadian