I bought two fat vegetarian samosas for $1.25 each in the Indian Superstore in the Westcliffe plaza. The plump baked one was very tasty and filling, while the fried one was sinfully good. The naan tempted me but it wasn’t whole grain so I passed. Both products came from Haveli’s next door.
For dessert I had a hard time deciding on which frozen treat to choose – I settled on the pistachio-flavoured green one for $1.25. Much tastier than the sweet “shaving cream” at the deceased Dairy Queen. No preservatives – just simple ingredients, manufactured in Ottawa with an ancient Hindu (?) recipe.
Then it was time for an $11.99 senior’s haircut by this friendly guy at Lena’s in the same plaza.
Usually I go to the Bells Corners Barbershop, or the place in the Pizza Hut plaza.
Lena’s sponsored the Lynwood Park Fun Day and he’s an interesting guy to talk to, so I sat in his chair. He did a great job.
This creative ad in the Pizza Hut plaza caught my eye – the Koi Asia is a good place.
As the large chains strengthen their hold on the strip we’re losing some of our Bells Corners community heritage.
“Driving across Canada, one might take comfort that an A&W or Tim Hortons is just around the bend, but some of our national diversity has been lost,” writes a Citizen journalist.
Once upon a time “no two towns or cities along the Trans-Canada Highway felt the same as one another. Not so now. Our towns are strings of franchises: Tim Hortons, Shoppers Drug Mart, A&W, and McDonald’s. In between, Esso, Shell, Petrocan, and Chevron signs. Drop me blindfolded into any town along that highway and I’d have no idea where I was.”
That might be your first impression if you were dropped blindfolded into Bells Corners – McDonald’s is expanding and capturing an even larger share of the fat food market and chains are everywhere on the strip.
But poke around a bit and you’ll see how unique and diverse we are.