Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jimi Hendrix Shrine, 207 Union St.
According to this website, 207 1/2 (as it was formerly known) first appears in city records in 1936 as the Columbia Taxi office. It later becomes a grocery, antique auto parts, a Chinese grocery, and home of K. S. Fong. After 1982 it's not listed, but you may know it more recently as The New Tiny gallery. A house that used to butt up against it was the legendary Vie's Chicken and Steakhouse from '48 to '79, where Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole performed. Jimi Hendrix spent some of his childhood in Vancouver, and his grandmother may have worked at Vie's. She lived here in Strathcona.

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