By 1901, Bruce Street in Thornbury was already a bustling downtown. Businesses included a general store, bakery, tailor shop and hardware store to serve the growing population of 1,200 people.
Thornbury’s first furniture store was owned by two of the area’s earliest settlers: Thomas Idle, a local undertaker, and George Reekie, a well-known carriage maker. In those days, undertakers often doubled as carriage and cabinet makers to ensure a steady supply of funeral coaches and coffins.
Since then, Thornbury has been home to a wide variety of businesses.
Today, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, and downtown Thornbury still boasts an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and galleries.