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Today’s hike was cancelled because of rain. So when the sun came out, I decided to go for a walk.

Along the way, I noticed some new-to-me things:

  • The building that houses Viens avec moi and a yoga studio was getting a paint job. Not a fan of painting bricks, but it did look sharp in black.
  • Hintonburg’s Eddy building has a new tenant: Royal Palm Thrift and Gift
  • And Suzy Q’s new location also got a paint job 

This year’s winter has been a bit of a yoyo so far. Some days I’ve walked the hood in a t-shirt. But today was bundle up and watch your step after last night’s flash freeze.
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The WordPress.com monkeys sent me the link for my year in review. This year I thought I’d add my own thoughts about the past year.

I meant to blog a lot more than I did. I walked or cycled almost every day in the hood, sometimes snapping photos with my phone to remind myself that something new had popped up or closed down. But then I would get busy with life and forget to post. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been meaning to post for a while. Lots of pics of new things in the hood.

  • The empty commercial spot on the east end of 101 Richmond Road has been leased. Zanadu Juice Bar is “opening soon”. Let’s hope it’s not like the cafe on Parkdale and Wellington.
  • Urban Cloud is a strange addition to the hood. It has no store front to entice you in, and I have no clue what they actually sell. Other than e-cigarettes. I guess they must have leased the building because the “For Sale” sign is back in front. Doesn’t make you want to go inside.
  • Going to the Parkdale Market may make you fat. If cold beers at the Carleton Tavern on a hot day aren’t enough to tempt you, maybe the future sweet treats will grab you. Holland’s Cake and Shake is opening soon. You can follow them on twitter here.
  • I had heard a while back that Suzy Q was opening a second location also near the Market. I had no idea how big it was going to be. Check out the big sign on top of the former Orange Gallery location.
  • Summer is here and so is live entertainment on the patio at Westboro Beach. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5 to 11 p.m. Oh, and it’s free! And it’s licensed!
  • And if you’re out on the paths today, take care. If the crazy geese don’t get you, a fallen tree just might.

 

Isobel’s is gone …

Last week we dropped off our car for service at a garage in Little Italy. We decided to drop it off the evening before and walk back through Hintonburg. I didn’t take a lot of photos, but this one caught my eye:

I checked their website and it doesn’t say they’ve moved or closed. I know they seemed to have a lot of problems with the space. I remember shortly after they opened, a water leak from above forced them to close for a week. But who knows, maybe it’s the rent being increased.

But fear not, Suzy Q’s expansion looks complete, and I believe their second location near the Parkdale Market is now open.

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.

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Earlier this week, NosyNeighbour and I had a chat with the postie as he was delivering mail on our street. Because it’s Ontario March Break this week, our regular postie must have taken the week off. The replacement one was arriving around lunchtime and looked familiar.

It turned out it was the one who had opened up Postino’s. It’s been closed down for a while because of a water leak. Well the water leak is now fixed and he’s looking to hire someone so he can reopen. Read the rest of this entry »

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