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Discover Downtown Oshawa: Fly By Nite

By Garth Johns/Columnist

In the 1960’s, the population of the City of Oshawa was approximately 50,000.  Downtown Oshawa was, at that time, home to several hotels, four theatres, Woolworths, Kresge’s, numerous shoe stores, clothing stores and bookstores as well as a great variety of other unique shopping and dining experiences.

However, at the same time, the Oshawa Centre was an open air strip mall, there were no big box stores and online shopping had not even been contemplated.

Today, our population is close to 170,000, the Oshawa Centre is one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the country, big box stores can be found throughout the region and online shopping is commonplace.

Despite these massive shifts in approaches to shopping, it remains the case that coming Downtown is a unique and colourful experience.

One of the shops that truly qualifies as being unique is Fly By Nite, a fun, collectables store that offers video games, movies, action figures, toys and even hats and t-shirts.  Located on Bond, just east of Simcoe, owner Justin Ashley originally attended university for film but instead discovered a passion for collecting and selling retro video games and movies.  The result of this passion is a small business that satisfies, as Justin describes it, “any geek’s needs”.

Fly by Nite’s movie section has many hard to find titles and a well organized selection that is personally curated by Justin.  As for video games, Fly by Nite carries everything from the original Atari up to PS4.  They sell games, consoles and all accessories, including controllers, cords etc.  And, just in time for Halloween, one of their primary focuses is horror with an incredible selection of horror related merchandise.

Fly by Nite is not a huge store by any measure but they use every square inch of space available to make their selection second to none.  In Justin’s words, “we buy anything cool and collectable and we sell a little bit of everything that is simply awesome.”  In addition to his store location, Justin is also responsible for creating and managing the Durham Video Games Convention which has just held its sixth annual show in Oshawa.

If you’re looking to enjoy a great shopping experience, come on down and see Justin at Fly by Nite.