A sure sign that spring has finally sprung in Bells Corners.
Loblaws, determined to avoid last year’s loss of market share to the Canadian Tire Garden Centre, has already installed its spring infrastructure.
They have their work cut out for them – with Zellers boarded up fewer customers will frequent the gigantic Moodie/Robertson asphalt meadow. And Val is well-loved.
Another sign of spring – more cyclists on the strip, which means fewer cars competing for space on our arterial main street, which is good news for car drivers and the environment.
As usual, many cyclists, especially kids and the elderly, choose to ride illegally on the boulevard area.
Riding slowly along the sidewalk is pleasant enough and, if a pedestrian is encountered, the polite cyclist will dismount or proceed cautiously to the other part of the Bells Corners Active Transportation Corridor (BCATC), either the interlock, the weed strip or the asphalt.
Some cyclists prefer to take their chances on the BCATC – drivers aren’t always paying attention.
You have to watch out for posts, prickly weeds, superfluous curbs, litter and crumbling “new” interlock, but wimpy illegal cyclists think that riding legally is even less comfortable.
Sgt. Ferris said at Spring.Bike.Ottawa that the police will continue to crack down on cyclists, with no special break for cautious suburban boulevard bikers who can’t resist using deserted suburban arterial-road sidewalks.
The police use their discretion, giving out way more warnings than tickets. This is where I got my warning. In the half hour it took to run me through the computer and figure out how to make the printer work, three other cyclists sailed past us on the sidewalk!
Not everybody celebrates Easter but everyone loves bunnies, especially kids.
Cheap overpackaged made-in-China bunnies are readily available in Bells Corners. But if you’re buying for an adult and you can afford it – why not check out the made-in-Canada real chocolate offerings at Louise’s Belgian Chocolates in the Westcliffe mall?
If you’re looking for Easter flowers or something different, check out Harmony in the same mall.
So do mine. Bells Corners has balls!
Everyone likes extra time off at Easter – “Eastern” hours will be in effect at most businesses.
For example, Havelis.
They’re pricier than their main competitor, Tandoori Fusion, and they don’t have a drive-thru, but it’s popular with many.
New businesses are springing up in Bells Corners, almost as quickly as other businesses are folding.
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This long-established business recently made a “midnight move” – Hawthorne Kitchens & Bathrooms near Adrian’s garage.
“Artyson Cabinet Company” (beside “A Taste of Japan“) died Dec. 15 owing $55,405.
Opening or closing? Opening! A Caribbean restaurant called Trinidad will open in the Primo Plaza, in the spot formerly occupied by Anwar’s Kitchen.
They won’t be advertised in the big empty area below “Primo Plaza, 1980” – they’ll go for smaller, cheaper space at the bottom, probably something with the Trinidadian flag.
Bio-Test in the Pizza Hut plaza.
Turf’s Up! no longer has storefront space on Northside.