Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Window Shopping In The Hydrostone


The winner of my 'Give-Away' Billboards was John D. from Australia!!!!

John has a wonderful and informative blog called Tok Tok Place, check him out and you'll learn a thing or two about the land 'down under'.

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The Hydrostone is a 'go to' place to shop and eat in Halifax.


It used to be a working-class area in the north end of the city where only 'northenders' would venture.


I grew up in this area and am amazed at it's transformation.


In the 50's and 60's these shops were what every neighbourhood


needed at the time: a laundromat, a dry-cleaners, a drugs store,

Who's that man in the window!


a grocery store, and a hardware store, C.Russell Isnors to be exact! Oh  yes, and the best pizza shop in town called Salvatore's.


The buildings are all intact just as they were, but with an assortment


of fine eateries, a spa, a wool /yarn shop, a bakery, and a couple


of 'gift shops' like the one above that was stock full of colourful things.


People now come from all over the city to this part of town.


If we ever moved back to the city, this area would be at the top of our list.....it would be like 'going home' in a way.

Hey, there's that guy again!




28 comments:

  1. CONGRATS to the winner!! Thanks for having such a fun contest!!

    I love it when a part of a city is revitalized! When that happens, the shops and places to eat are always so cool, and trendy, aren't they--The colors and reflections in your post show just that! :-)

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    1. Thanks Kim....I think you'd like this area.

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  2. That John D. wins everything! Just kidding, congratulations to him!
    Anyway, at first, I thought that Ron's image was part of the mosaic. And I thought, how cool! Look at it again.
    m.

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    1. Yes, Ron is a pretty cool guy Mark! He blends into pretty well everything!

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  3. Makes me want to go shopping!

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  4. The colorful display in that shop window is definitely a draw.
    Congrats to John D.!

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    1. Yes that shop is good with their 'window' advertising.

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    1. Hey Connie! How are things? I'll be right over to your place/blog! |Good to see you!

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  6. This looks the perfect place to loiter and browse. I avoid shopping but this area would definitely tempt me back.

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    1. I know what you are saying. This place however has a nice ambiance and one doesn't feel like you are shopping.

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  7. Those mosaics and baskets are gorgeous! Such vibrant colors!

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    1. Hello Tamar! Long time. The colours caught my eye right away!

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  8. That picture of Ron reflected in the window with mosaics was bloody inspired! So would you recommend visitors going there then?

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    1. I told him NOT to move! He didn't.....
      Yes, visitors would enjoy this place.

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  9. Hmm Fancy one of those baskets -great colours ! Clever pictures of Ron too !
    wouldn`t mind a mooch round that store myself - have a great week x

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    1. Thanks Janet, you too have a great week!

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  10. What a fun area to browse!
    I really like the photo of Jim with the stained glass. Very arty.

    "Hydrostone" made me think of Sophie's rock fountain in the park. She's infiltrated my brain!

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    1. Oh no! Sophie has done it again!
      And that would be Ron in that window shot...he's very arty too, you know! lol

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  11. Congratulations to John D. from Australia!! And I thank you for such a fun contest. The entries were a lot of fun to read. Love these photos; the colours are vibrant and inviting. It looks like a really great place to hang around in. It reminds me of the area I grew up in and the areas nearby, in Montreal. A lot of those older sections are transforming into great places to visit and stroll through.

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    1. It was fun Martha. I'll do another a little later on.
      Yes, these older areas are the ones to visit in cities. We have to get to Montreal....haven't been there in soooo long. I need a little bit of the French culture to round off my edges!!! lol

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  12. Great photos. The colors of those baskets are wonderful! I was in Halifax three years ago and loved it! Totally miss Cows IceCream! :)

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    1. You were?! Glad you liked it. Then you would FREAK at Cows' headquarters in PEI! lol

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  13. Well done to John D.

    Hurumph!

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    1. Oh Chris! We'll do another soon enough, you'll be OK.....

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  14. What a fantastically fun place to shop. Love these images. Those baskets are the coolest!

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    1. Thanks Becky! You would love it, I am sure!

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