I’ve been meaning to post for a while, but have been busy. Funny how I always had time when I was working. And you can’t let blogging get in the way of living.

So in Westboro news … Kardish Health Foods will be opening in the former location of Carbon Computing on Richmond just east of Churchill. The sign says April. Will let you know when it happens.

In Hintonburg news ….

  • Forum Apparel has opened just east of Fil’s Diner on Wellington. I saw Ugg boots when I looked in the window. They have a facebook page but I couldn’t find a web site.
  • JV Studios is now open in the former location of Slaysh on Wellington near Julian.
  • Chick Pea has closed. I can’t believe it lasted as long as it did.
  • The building that was Destination Hair has sold, but still no news on what’s going in.
  • AlphaSoul, which closed this past winter, has now been leased, but no sign of what’s going in.
  • The addition at Suzy Q looks finished.
  • The new LCBO at Wellington and Somerset is now open. I missed out on the free tote bags on opening day. But people in the store today seemed pleased with the offerings and happy that they could walk there.
  • Across the street is a new to me for lease sign in what was Tina’s. I think it was a beauty supply company.

And if you’re more visual, here’s the picture version: Read the rest of this entry »

I took a walk this morning and noticed that a sign was up in the former location of Louise’s Belgian Chocolate. According to their web site, they have locations in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. I wonder if it will be in competition with the DQ down the street.

And as I look at the picture more closely, I notice that the Country Clover Company is also for lease. Can’t say I ever went in. Maybe that’s why it’s for lease….

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Today’s update didn’t come from a walk. Well sort of. We went to Illume for coffee this morning. And luckily for us, we had dibs on the stack of fresh newspapers. After NosyNeighbour set off to work, I read through the Citizen, parts of the Globe and then dove into the Kitchissippi Times.

There were some interesting bits of information. And since I’m never sure if the links work after I add them, here’s what I learned:

  • Railbender Studio will be opening on February 15th  in 3 Hamilton (the former army barracks). It’s a combination tattoo and art studio. Interesting mix. You can read more about it in the front page article.
  • Just up the road, in the former location of lulu & coco, Cake and Shake will be opening in the Spring. Ron Eade blogged about this piece of news as well.
  • And last but not least, although it does involve a change of lease …. the Orange Gallery is moving to City Centre and …. Suzy Q Donuts is opening a second location in its place.

Yikes! those donuts will be even closer. I like that I can’t smell them now and have a 20 minute walk to get to them.



2014-01-28 13.04.14It’s not the first time I noticed that something had gone a-rye. But today I finally remembered to take a pic so I could share the latest neighbourhood developments.

Harvest Loaf has closed. I think I only bought from them once in all the years they were there. But that’s because I’m frugal and NosyNeighbour learned how to make bread. And then I perfected the science of big fat doughy Bavarian pretzels.

Anyways, I was curious to know whether it was high rents forcing them out of the neighbourhood. I found this on their facebook page:

Thank you to all our supporters over the last 13 years. With a heavy heart, we have decided to close Harvest Loaf for a number of reasons. We will certainly miss the neighbourhood and all the familiar faces. We definitely would not have made it this long without our wonderful and loyal staff and bakers- thank you!

Should you have a craving for a lamington or a curry turkey sweet potato pie and happen to be in the east side of town, you can still find these items at our sister store, Bread and Roses Bakery, 323 St. Laurent Blvd. 613.745.2087.

In this month’s Kitchissippi Times ….


When we attended the Mizrahi community consultation, somebody in the audience raised the issue of what would happen if the other corners were to be developed. Other developers would be able to say “Mizrahi got more, we want more.” In response Sam said that he would back the community in saying it wouldn’t be justified because the other corners have already been decontaminated. His wasn’t.

Then about a week ago we received an email from our city councillor to advise us that the property kitty corner from the old ProShine car wash was going to be developed.

Community Meeting
Development Proposed at 70 Richmond Road
On Wednesday, Janaury 15th, 2014, from 7-9 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the Churchill Seniors Centre, I will be hosting a pre-consultation regarding development at 70 Richmond Road, currently home to Island Park Auto Sales.

No application has been made at this site. This meeting will be the first step in a community discussion with the developer before any decisions are made.

The zoning of the site is TM[83]H(15). Details of this zoning is available here. The site is part of the Richmond Road/Westboro Secondary Plan. Details of this plan are available here.

NosyNeighbour was supposed to attend, but ended up cuddling with the cat under a blanket while I was busy at night school. But he did write to the councillor and we checked Jeff Leiper’s site to see what had transpired. So far, I’m not impressed with Mr. Leiper. He seems to be conducting a personal attack campaign against our current councillor. And he seems to have forgotten that the developer asked for and received more than the zoning allowed just down the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Going to Stupidstore (aka Superstore) is generally not pleasant, especially when you’re a pedestrian. When the project was approved, it was sold as pedestrian friendly with entrances at each corner. But the doors by the floral department have never been used, so if you approach it from the east, you have to walk half way down the building to get to the first door. Then you have to walk all the way to the west side to pick up a grocery cart. And the small ones that are more manageable are inconveniently tucked under the stairs, if there are any at all.

So as a protest, I always push my cart to the bus stop, even if my bag is really light. But the past few times I’ve gone there, something strange has happened. Instead of loading up the north exit with junk (usually Rubbermaid containers), it’s now full of the small shopping carts. So I no longer feel the need to prove my point. And today I left my cart INSIDE the store for a change. One small step forward! Read the rest of this entry »

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. I’m not sure it really reflects my experience with the blog. But here it is for what it’s worth.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

This year we did something that we’ve talked about for a long time. We volunteered on Christmas Day at a local event bringing people together for Christmas dinner. In fact we helped out Christmas Eve as well. It’s probably one of the best Christmases I’ve had as far as getting in the Christmas spirit.  On Christmas Eve we helped bring over necessary supplies from a storage area, rolled cutlery in serviettes and prepped the upstairs for the big day.

I almost forgot to mention … the location … it was the Carleton Tavern. The coordinators seemed impressed enough with us that we were offered positions for the big day. I was on Maitre D duties and NosyNeighbour was on dessert tray prep. There were a lot of desserts. Apart from the cranberry pecan tarts, gingerbread and shortbread cookies I’d donated, there were loads of desserts donated from local restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries. Local residents also dropped off homebaked goodies.

The tavern’s dinner is really well organized. Each guest is seated, then someone comes by with cold drinks. Then their hot food (turkey, ham, tortiere, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce) is brought to the table. They even had a vegan option donated by a local Indian restaurant! A selection of desserts, plus tea and coffee are also brought around to the tables. But the biggest transformation was the tablecloths. Real ones. Not plastic or paper.

Every guest received a gift from Santa. Some of them would have received a gift card (we donated $140 worth following a fundraising get together). It was amazing to watch how the gift coordinator sized up the guest, then texted upstairs to Santa’s helpers. Teenagers went up and down the stairs all day bringing gift bags with goodies for each guest. There were so many desserts, we started encouraging guests to take a box home with them.

Being a Maitre D allowed me to meet a lot of people. It was really touching to see children’s eyes light up when they saw Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who were beside me near the door for a while. And it was amazing to see people’s faces light up when you smiled, really smiled, and wished them a Merry Christmas. The next time I have to be a subject in the photo studio at school, that’s what I’m going to think about. Because I smiled for my whole shift and didn’t feel fake once.

Ah …  a Christmas to remember for the right reasons. And now on to the neighbourhood updates:

I had to go back to the Post Office today so thought I’d provide a bit of a neighbourhood update on what I saw on my walk there and back. Following our 15 cm snowfall on the weekend, the city has been very slow to clean it all up. I suspect they hoped it would get milder (but it hasn’t) and then just thought they could put it off until next year to get access to the new budget.

I’m not sure whether they contract out the sidewalk clean up after the first pass. But I saw something very sad just outside the Rexall at Wellington and Parkdale. Sorry, but it was too darn cold to take out a camera or cell phone for a pic. The  trees the city planted a few years ago following the major overhaul of Wellington aren’t the best looking and don’t provide a lot of shade. In fact, as they started to grow I thought they were a bit of a nuisance, with their branches whacking my face on windy days. But I still like them. And now we have one less. I don’t know how the snowplow or bobcat operator could have missed it. It’s trunk was small but its branches reached up for at least 20 feet. And there it lay on the sidewalk, its trunk twisted open like a femur break. If it’s a contractor that did it, I hope they have to pay to replace it. And could we have an upgrade? Maybe a maple tree?

Also on my walk (again, sorry, no pic) I noticed that Destination Hair’s building has finally been sold. No idea of what’s going in it yet, but I will keep an eye out for trucks and signs in the coming weeks.

And now to the that of the this and that post. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I was heading to the post office. Every year I make a calendar of the best photos of our cat and give them to the cat lovers in our lives. Plans to get a calendar to Nova Scotia fell through so I was left to visit Canada Post to get it there. Ordering 10 calendars through Apple cost $9.99 in shipping from the U.S. Sending one calendar within Canada through Canada Post cost $10.92 plus tax and a fuel surcharge. Really???? He said it was my fault because if the calendar had been half an inch smaller it would have been letter mail. Funny how we could ship two suitcases through Deutschepost for less money and they were delivered in two days. My calendar is not guaranteed delivery before Christmas. That would have been another $4.

That’s this and that for today. Bundle up, it’s cold out there!


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