I came to Canada from India in 1992. I worked in similar store up the street for seven years before I opened the India Paan Store in 1999.
Since opening I have seen lots of changes in the area. Once it was very busy here with shoppers coming to Gerrard Street, but over the years there's been a decline in customers. It's still okay but not as busy as it was before.
During summertime, people from all over come into shop. However, wintertime is a different story, with only the locals stopping by. Overall Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the busiest.
Over the years, many of the Indian businesses have moved out of the area to the suburbs. But the Indian culture is still here, so they still return to little India to shop and eat. That will never change.