Last week I walked home from with my walking pool buddy.
Going through Hintonburg, I noticed a sign, but no other signs of change, at the former location of Carbon Computing. It’s the one that used to be a bingo hall. The sign now says Nomadic training. But I didn’t see anything else different. Maybe it’s a Hintonburg thing to put up the sign first, then open six months later. A bit like the panini place at Parkdale and Wellington.
Of course it’s old news now, but since part of this blog is about my hood, I have to include Collected Works closing its doors on December 24. If your business plan is wishing for a mystery buyer to bail you out, maybe you were in the wrong business. I bought a few books from them before the expansion. But the expansion just looked completely mismanaged. It never looked like one store, and always seemed not finished. While I like the idea of a having a local bookstore, Collected Works just wasn’t doing it for me.
As we walked along Wellington, chatting away, I noticed paper on the windows at Renee Levesque jewelry and clothing. When I stopped to see what was up, I realized the sign was missing too. I checked the web site and it didn’t say anything. In fact, it showed two locations in Ottawa. So I’m glad I waited a week to post because now it says “No locations in Ottawa.” It’s too bad. I really like the store. I’d bought a few gifts for my niece and a friend. Each time, the service was excellent. Maybe there are just too many clothing and jewelry stores in the hood. But I’d rather have them than another baby store!
Next up on the other side of the street, progress is being made in the former Santorini’s restaurant. Unlike in Hintonburg, businesses in Wellington Village wait until they’re ready to open before they add a sign. It’s supposed to be an oyster bar, opening mid-January. It’s called Supply and Demand. You can read more about it here. Apparently it will be dinner only. Don’t they know those Tunney’s Pasture workers LOVE to take long lunches?
A bit farther west, Illume is now open. The benches seem a bit odd, and they could use a better garbage can. Maybe that will come in the spring. I hope they’ll have bistro tables too.
Over the holidays, we also walked down to Westboro. Of course Moe’s Newport restaurant has now moved in with its sister Donna Express. Two new signs are on the same side of the street heading east:
- NRML, which seems to be some kind of gangsta rap place (sigh, I know, I’m getting old) and
- Dream Weaver, a gift shop that has expanded from its original Brockville location. I walked past it this morning but it was too early for it to be open. Maybe in the coming weeks.