"Originally from Cambodia, the two owners have operated the family business almost single-handedly for the past two decades [...] This kind of accessible, local business is essential in a neighbourhood like Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, especially on Sainte-Catherine Street," said Leduc.
Leduc said the couple decided to retire after the building's owner did not renew the lease due to "real estate speculation." In other words, an opportunity to buy low and sell high.
Oun told MTL Blog she plans to "put the keys in the door" in one month, around mid-September.
Closing Sale At Dollar Ronald
Discount: 25% off food and 50% of everything else
When: August 9 until close (approximately mid-September)
Address: 4787, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Wish the family-run Dollar Ronald farewell while saving on discounted goods, such as items for your home, parties, crafts, DIY, canvas, stationery, and more.
The reason for his visit? SSENSE has partnered with Pharrell's wellbeing product company, Humanrace.
VOGUE reported that Pharrell is actually "taking over the store" — from the green-tinted windows to a full-on exhibit showcasing his skincare products, exclusive apparel, and an archive of his own wardrobe pieces curated by Tyler the Creator — though his personal items are not for sale.
Like much of the exhibit, VOGUE reported, the wardrobe pieces are meant to give you insight into his "creative vision" for the brand.
Humanrace started as a skincare company with "a genderless, vegan, and clean trio of products (a cleanser, exfoliator, and humidifying cream)," but will now be expanding into other categories, according to VOGUE.
Shina Nova, the Montreal-based based Inuk throat singer and TikToker, posted an Instagram story of her at the store on Friday night. A photo shows her standing next to Pharrell holding her phone with the caption, "Pharrell meeting my mama through FaceTime."
We reached out to SSENSE and Humanrace to find out if Pharrell's still in town but did not receive a response. That said, it's entirely possible, so keep your eyes peeled.
The House of Humanrace exhibit at SSENSE is now live, so you can head to 418, rue Saint-Sulpice to check it out.
Otherwise, the collection goes live on ssense.com on September 27.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.