Hamel Brooms Day 34

Hamel Brooms, Irvin Hamel & Son  Since 1908  1411 King Street St. Jacobs Ontario  (519) 664-1117

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Can you guess that movie? Steve’s TV Day 32

Steve’s TV is the Region’s largest selection of movies for sale and rent.  They carry Top Brands of Tv and Audio.

 Back in 1980’s when the VCR became popular; Steve’s TV was one of the first stores in Kitchener to rent movies.  The store opened back in 1957 by Steve Mathiesen as a TV and radio repair shop and is now owned by Randy Martin.  Steve’s TV keeps its loyal customers because of the incredible service they provide which includes knowledgeable friendly staff, custom home installations and even a free home consultation to make sure you get the perfect system that’s right for you. 

Steve’s TV is located at 385 Frederick St. Kitchener

www.stevestv.com     follow them on twitter @steves_tv

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Seasons Grande Day 30

Seasons Grande is owned by Pete & Vicki Wilhelm who are local residents of Baden.  It was purchased from the Egli brothers whose business thrived in our community for 37 years and reopened under the new name, Seasons Grande on August 2012.  Egli’s meats were supporters of the community; in fact remember as a kid they sponsored my hockey team back when I was 12 years old.  It’s nice to see as you look at all the products in the store, that Pete and Vicki are big supporters of local businesses.   

Seasons Grande is located at 162 Snyders Road E Baden, Ontario.

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A great place to catch the game! The Aud. Day 29

The  Kitchener Auditorium is located at 400 East Avenue Kitchener Ontario.

 Home of the Kitchener Rangers.   

For more info go to www.theaud.ca

Norris Bakery Ltd Day 27

This bakery has been around for a long time and has an excellent reputation.  It is one of the unique small businesses in Waterloo region.  You can also find Norris bakery creations at the local KW market which is downtown Kitchener, Ontario. 

When you go , you have to try their famous Long John’s!

Norris Bakery is located at 460 Fredrick St. Kitchener, Ontario.  For more info go to www.norrisbakery.com

An Awesome Complex! Day 23

The Wilmot Recreation Complex located right off the 7/8 highway at 1291 Nafziger Road, Baden Ontario.  This place has something for everyone at any age!  The large community centre hosts special events such as a wedding, lecture, or conference and invite up to 180 people!  Twin NHL sized ice surfaces, home of the New Hamburg Firebirds, offer lots of ice time including roller skating and ball hockey in the summer on the one arena. 

The new phase 2 addition was completed January this year and is an amazing facility including a state-of –the –art aquatic centre for swimming with an eight lane, 25 metre competitive training pool, a warm water leisure pool, a dry land training centre, a 3 lane indoor walking/running track, an active seniors centre,  and a youth centre!  I’m sure Michael Phelps would approve.

This is an awesome complex and has so much going on everyday of the week for every age. 

The staff is extremely friendly so give them a call at (519) 634-9225 or check out www.wilmot.ca/wrc/for  more information

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Have you ever had “Disco Fries”? Day 22

Ryan Smolkin, a business graduate from Wilfred Laurier University, started the first Smoke’s Poutinerie in Toronto, and now the franchise has over 10 locations in Ontario,  including Waterloo!  The store is open from 11am to 3am on Thursday and 11 am to 4am on Friday and Saturday.  They have over 20 different types of poutine including Nacho Grande, Bacon Cheeseburger and Curry Chicken poutine. 

Here is some interesting facts about poutine  you probably didn’t know….

It is widely accepted that poutine’s origin comes from Quebec and was invented after a trucker asked Fernand LaChance to add cheese curds to his fries in Warwick, Quebec.

Every year there is the Smoke’s Poutine eating Championship.  Contestants will have to beat the 2010-11 champion, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti who set a record eating 13 pounds of poutine in 10 minutes!

Poutine is Quebec slang for “a mess”

In 1970s New York and New Jersey, poutine was served as a late-night side dish at clubs. They called it “disco fries.”

The largest poutine in the world was made in Saguenay, Que., and weighed 654 kg—about as much as a large horse.

Considered the most expensive poutine in Montreal, the poutine au foie gras is available for $23 at Au Pied de Cochon

Smoke’s Poutinerie on 255 King Street N Waterloo, Ontario.  Follow them on

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https://twitter.com/poutinerie

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Lost in a corn maze! Day 21

  Shantzholm Pumpkins located at 1544 Bleams Rd., RR#2 Petersburg Ontario about 10 minutes west of Kitchener.  This Designated Ontario Century farm  offers a corn maze, straw maze, all your gourds, cucumbers, Indian corn, squash, corn stacks, straw bales and of course pick your own pumpkins.  I spoke briefly with Angela Shantz and I learned about her 8 children, 7 girls and 1 boy and how the farm is the 6th generation of Shantz’s on this farm from 1870 to today!

 If your looking for a fun adventure to take the family on, make the short trip to the farm and come find me somewhere, wondering about in the corn maze!

http://www.shantzholmpumpkins.ca/

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Dogtopia! Day 18

Nice day for a doggy swim!

Beaver working hard!

Snyder’s Flats Bloomingdale, Ontario

The Snyder’s flats are located off Sawmill Road in Bloomingdale, Ontario Canada.  This used to be a gravel quarry and was converted into a conservation area.

It will take you 10 – 15 minutes to get here from Kitchener or Waterloo.  If you drive down the bumpy gravel road past the Mennonite Church in your right, you will see some parking at the dead end.  There is a 4.5 Km trails looping around taking you back to the start.  It is a well groomed trail that is fit for little ones and strollers and takes about an hour to walk.  Take your dog and he will love you for it! It’s doggy heaven if you have a furry swimmer in the family!

Our dog Tucker thinks this is DOGTOPIA!

Very Peaceful walk that only takes an hour from start to finish

Day 15 Waterloo Park, Ontario

Waterloo Park is 111 Acres right smack in the middle of Uptown Waterloo, Ontario.  There is a lot of history woven into this park such as Abraham Erb’s Grist Mill, Waterloo’s first school house and the original farm house.   Bring the entire family as there are lots of animals for the kids to see and Victorian gardens about the park.

Waterloo Park has an amazing “Wonders of Winter” Christmas light display which we will go to in a few months.

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