Rick and Craig Butler stand next to an antique toaster collection inside their appliance repair store on Coxwell and Gerrard. PHOTO: Phil Lameira
“I have an espresso machine to fix and I’m told that you guys are the guys.”
Those were the words of new customer Rosalee Lockyer walking in the door mid-interview with Rick and Craig Butler of Butler’s Appliance Repair on Coxwell and Gerrard.
Butler’s is celebrating its 90th—yes, that’s a nine and a zero—anniversary serving the local community in the Little India neighbourhood.
Three generations ago, Ron Butler opened the store at 1467 Gerrard St. E. In 1947, he bought the land on the southeast corner of Coxwell and Gerrard and moved the shop to its current location.
Fixing everything from large appliances like stoves and fridges, to toasters and coffee makers, Butler’s has thrived over the years due to it’s customers’ loyalty and support for local businesses. Some of their clientele are also multi-generational.
“We have a customer who moved to Etobicoke and still comes here to fix his appliances,” said Craig Butler, Ron’s grandson who now works over 50 hours a week at the shop. “I’m sure there must be an appliance repair shop between here and there.”
Ron Butler, Craig’s father, explained how the business has changed over the years. Although there are still many small appliances that are built to last—and therefore worth repairing when broken—a lot of the cheaper brands…