Cherub’s Cupboard: Durham Region’s Catholic Supply Store
At the eastern end of the Greater Toronto Area is Oshawa, home to General Motors with a population of approximately 150,000. Yesterday I had a few minutes to visit Cherub’s Cupboard, a store located in the central business core on (appropriately) Centre Street. Owners Ted and Sandra Hickey have faithfully operated this store on the main floor of a converted house for 26 years.
The store isn’t a Christian bookstore in the sense that books do not dominate the inventory as they might with other retailers in this category, in fact the selection of books and Bibles is really quite small. But this is made up for with a huge selection of giftware, greeting cards, statuary and not surprisingly, a huge selection of rosaries.
The staff associate working yesterday, Noelle, shared with me that the store’s proximity to the region’s hospital results in people picking up gifts to take with them to patients. I realized later that other than the picture below I hadn’t taken any other pics in the store, so I had my wife drive by again and we took the above picture in the middle of rush hour traffic. As the window lights suggest, the store is very bright — almost all of the picture frames for baptism, confirmation and first communion are white in colour — and this presents a shopping environment where everything is clearly visible even though the shelves are packed.
Their website, cherubscupboard.ca is a splash page that provides basic location and contact information. Also, as I found out too late, there is free parking behind the store!
I liked this item below — not sure if it’s for sale — and took a quick picture. I’m sure it’s the motto of many of you who work in this industry:
The picture on the website, taken from across the road shows the exterior better than my picture: