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Just a quick update on things I’ve noticed walking around Wellington village:

  • the sign is up for Supply and Demand (the oysterbar replacing Santorini’s)
  • Viña del Mar is no more. The sign is gone, but the chairs and tables remain.
  • workers are busy inside the former Carbon Computing, now Nomadic Training

And they finally removed the snow from our street! And managed not to rip up the grass! woo-hoo!


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.


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. It made me think about what I’d like to do with this blog. 2013 will bring a new focus to my life. Work is history and I’ll a part time student for two years before officially retiring. All that before I turn 50!

Over the next few weeks I’ll mull over the goal for this blog and hopefully bring you the readers something interesting to read.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.


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