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Amici Spa’s Heritage Landscape

The Thomson General Store, circa 1854
Presently, Amici Spa’s Hair Salon

Throughout the late 1800’s -1900’s, The Thomson General Store originated with various commercial purposes. Considering its time and location, it is a rare survivor in Markham’s 19th Century commercial history. In 1854, this historic façade is thought to have served as a boot and shoe maker’s shop, which was later transformed into Buttonville’s General Store from 1861 to 1958. Additionally, its prime location was home to the local post office and ESSO gas station from 1867 to 1914. In more recent times, this monumental building served as an antique shop; remarkable considering it is itself an authentic antique today.


Its architectural design is gable-fronted featuring a full-width front verandah; typical of early commercial buildings in small towns and villages throughout the township of Markham and elsewhere in Ontario. Most buildings of this nature have long since been demolished or remodeled beyond their original recognition from the interior to the exterior. Today, the Thomson General Store has been fully restored and upgraded to accommodate Amici Spa’s full service hair salon, featuring modern and sophisticated double doors, large shop front windows and museum-quality authenticity.


The Leslie Hood House, circa 1922
Presently, Amici Spa’s Boutique and Spa Facility

The Leslie Hood House, associated with the Buttonville General Store, was built in the early 1920s to replace an earlier frame dwelling on the property. Historically, it was very common for a proprietor of a business to reside on the premise or nearby; either in an attached or detached adjacent home, or on the second floor of their current shop or business.  Consequently, Leslie Hood, long-time proprietor of the Buttonville General Store, followed traditional practices by residing in the Hood house neighbouring his business.


The newly remodeled dwelling of 1922 encompassed a two-storey American style dwelling with a deep front verandah which was a popular style in the early 1900s. Its narrow clapboard cladding is a bit unusual for a house of its time and style, as most other dwellings in both Markham and Toronto were built of red brick. The dwelling also features elements of an Edwardian Classical style as its details are associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 1900s; the paired, three over one wood windows, art glass windows, Tuscan verandah columns and hip-roofed dormer are significant decorative features of this movement. At the present moment, the Leslie Hood House is home to Amici Spa’s product boutique and spa facility.