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Condos by the Bay


Condos and cars it’s all about selling lifestyle. I test drive a lot of cars and you feel different when you drive a Jaguar and different again when you drive a Juke. A Jaguar, a big Benz or a Porsche makes you feel special and pampered and maybe a bit obnoxious. Drive a Juke or a Chevy Trax and it’s ...

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Picking Up on Heritage


Parking the new Chevy Colorado pickup truck in front of the elegant Balfour House on Hamilton’s mountain brow is a shocking bit of grunge and glam. The $37,565 Colorado is my Bay Observer test-drive for May. I’m piloting it up the James Street hill to this secret stone house full of Hamilton history. The rather affordable Colorado is a sharp ...

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Range Rover amid the rubble

Range Rover

There’s a fantastic pile of rubble at the old Lakeport Brewery on Burlington Street West at Ferguson Avenue. I’ve parked this week’s test drive, a Range Rover with the mini mountain of concrete in the background. If not for a protective chain link fence, the Ranger Rover SUV could be charging up the incline.  The people at Land Rover, maker ...

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Downtown Burlington is a Great Place to Visit, Live and Work

Chantal Kreviazuk

The Redhill Valleys and The Human Orchestra Friday, April 10, 2015  7:30 pm Community Studio Theatre at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Tickets: $20 plus HST and ticket fees.  Available at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre Box Office. By phone: 905-681-6000 or online: www.burlingtonpac.ca   The Redhill Valleys: The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk/Rock group from the Hamilton/Burlington ...

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In case you are suffering from a bit of the winter blues, let’s fast forward just a few more weeks (well, maybe months) into the world of Spring Fashion. Open up any menswear magazine and you will notice an obvious shift to all things BLUE. While changes in menswear trends are subtle, this one has crept in from last season, ...

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Porsche Bookworm Tour

2014 Porsche Turbo at the Dunnville Library with a Harvard mark II. The plane was used to train airmen during the second World War at the No. 6 Service Flying Training School in Dunnville

We’re buried under a mountain of snow in Hamilton so I am pulling a summer car story out of the archives. I called it the Bookworm Tour of Southern Ontario. It’s 24C at take off and the Porsche 911 Turbo is gassed up for a for departure from Hamilton. Buck-a-bag book sales wait for us at the Caledonia, Hagersville, Selkirk ...

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Building a neighbourhood one bite at a time

Photos by: Joseph Bucci

It is 2:30 on a Thursday afternoon, when most restaurants are empty, but at the 541 Eatery and Exchange on Barton Street and Westinghouse every table is occupied. The  restaurant is housed in an abandoned Bank of Montreal branch that at one time served the Westinghouse plant and its employees who in the industrial boom of early 1900s lived in ...

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Fashion for Your Furniture


Whether you are looking at purchasing new furniture or updating solid pieces that you currently own, there are several options to consider when you are ‘dressing’ your furniture.  Will you choose new upholstered, slipcover or reupholster to achieve your look? Upholster/ Reupholster There is no quick answer to the question, “Should I reupholster or buy something new?” It depends on ...

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Architecture adds class in buildings…and cars


Why do I care about architecture? When was the last time you saw a strip mall on a postcard or a Pay Day Loans building on a tourism website? Even a doofus likes something good looking, and no city wants to be known for butt ugly buildings or brain dead design. What’s this got to do with cars, my beat ...

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Shop Locke this Holiday Season


Locke Street South is bustling with activity in anticipation of one of their biggest holiday seasons ever.  The shops, services and restaurants are ready to serve with the some of the best of the city’s food and shopping opportunities. The Locke Street BIA is hosting their annual Christmas on Locke on Saturday December 6th.  Don’t miss Mr. and Mrs. Claus ...

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