The first annual Bells Corners Hoopla starts today at 6:00 pm in the Loblaws/Zellers parking lot at 2065 Robertson Road (corner of Robertson and Moodie) and runs until 4:00 pm on Sunday. Carter Shows are providing the midway with rides and games. Little Ray's reptile show will be there. Our local MPP Lisa MacLeod is providing a free pancake breakfast Saturday morning and live entertainment will continue well into the evening. Be sure to watch out for the dunk tank and your chance to dunk some of our local celebrities. For more information visit the Bells Corners BIA website.
The hot topics of late seem to mostly concern newly leased/sold and for lease/sale properties. Let's start with the old Bells Corners Shell location at 1930 Robertson Road. The signs are all down and the property has been cleaned up. It appears that yet another garage is going in there and also another food truck.
Over at the East India Company their opening seems to have been further delayed but they have posted on Kijiji that they are looking for cooks, so it seems that they're at least in the hiring phase.
Work seems to be going ahead next door at 2001 Robertson where the Co-Operators Insurance used to be. And next to that the property where Local Heroes is located has been put up for lease.
Meanwhile across the street at the Town Hall Plaza, 2006 Robertson Road there was an application for a liquor license made back in March under the name of Bells Corners Bar & Grill.
Also in the same mall, an opportunity has been posted on Kijiji for an Italian bakery to open in conjunction with an existing restaurant (Grazie's?).
2038 Robertson Road where the original Tim Horton's stood,has been sold or leased and is being renovated for another new business
Up the road at 2150 Robertson, the Robertson Centre has space available, not only in the corner where Goodwill used to be but also in the new standalone building being built for the drive-thru TD Bank. A restaurant or retail has been suggested in the leasing ad.
Further along at 2188 Robertson, the Viceroy property has been sold, but no activity there as of yet.
The Nepean Optometric Clinic will be moving to 2194 Robertson Road at the end of July. They're currently in the Bells Mews Plaza at 2039 Robertson Road.
Huntington Properties has the Millenium 1 premises at 2175 Robertson listed for lease. Primo Plaza at at 1980 Robertson Road and 18-26 Northside Road are both for sale as are the properties at 1961-1975-1983 and 1987 Robertson Road. Of course there's a for lease sign at just about every single multi-tenant building on the strip plus off-strip on Bexley, Stafford, and Fitzgerald.
Lots of opportunities out there.
Bells Corners is almost defined by its three train trestles as you approach the community from the either the east, north, or west. While the westerly trestle is now part of the Trans Canada Trail, the other two are still in active use by Canadian National Railways. The railroad first came to Bells Corners in 1870 and the Central Canada Railway established the first Bells Corners Station just to the northwest of the community about where Fitzgerald Road is today. In 1915 the Canadian Northern Railway built a second line through Bells Corners but it was not until 1966 that the two railways inter-connected at what is called the Bells Corners Junction just north of Bellwood Estates. The remaining rail line is part of the Beachburg Subdivision and runs only as far as Arnprior. You may see an engine with a few tank cars crossing those trestles each day. If you're curious to know more about them read the train blog The Beachburg Sub: Railway musings from Ottawa and beyond.
Happy Victoria Day or, as it is often called the May two-four weekend. Hope you got your two-four before today as The Beer Store, like almost all other businesses, is closed for the holiday. It's also the considered the start of gardening season in this area. Among the businesses that are open are Bells Corners' two garden centres located at Loblaws at 2065 Robertson Road and at Canadian Tire at 2135 Robertson Road. While fireworks are also another Victoria Day tradition, there are no official fireworks displays in Bells Corners this year. Unofficial displays though have been happening all over the community this weekend. Enjoy.
Bells Corners newest businesses are Carstar Collision and Glass Centre at 2235 Robertson Road and Capital Wholesale Diamonds at 1902 Robertson Road. It also appears that 1902 Robertson Road has a new property manager - Look Property Management. New For Lease signs have gone up though at 6/14/20 Bexley Place and 30 Stafford Road. The property at 2188 Robertson Road has been sold, the buyer is still unknown. Two companies had web sites stating that they were also moving in to 2235 Robertson - Studio63 and OCR Academy, although neither seems to have made any progress on doing so.
New welcome signs have also been erected on Robertson Road as you enter Bells Corners. Very nice.
Our newest event is not actually in Bells Corners but nearby in Andrew Haydon Park on Carling Avenue - SoundWaves: Music on the Shores of the Ottawa River takes place every Sunday afternoon in May and June sponsored by the Bells Corners Business Improvement Area.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the First Annual Bells Corners Hoopla, May 29-31 in the Loblaws parking lot at 2065 Robertson Road. This event is also brought to you by the BC BIA.
You may also have noticed that the "Other Businesses" section of our web site has been split into six sections to make it easier to find accountants, computers, renovators, insurance, lawyers, and others. If there are other categories you'd like to see, please let us know via the contact page. Also, be sure to follow and like us on Facebook.
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A new event has been added to our home page - SoundWaves: Music on the Shores of the Ottawa River sponsored by our very own Bells Corners Business Improvement Area. SoundWaves takes place on Sunday afternoons in May and June at Andrew Haydon Park on Carling Avenue. Be sure to check it out!
Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in Bells Corners, whether you're a resident or just visiting the area. While it may be a little wet out there walking any of the trails today, be sure to keep an eye out for all the new mothers and their young in the woods. As the buds begin to open, two-legged foragers will soon be harvesting fiddle heads along some of the NCC trails as well. With 45 restaurants to choose from, there are lots of options for taking Mom out to dinner tonight. Tell them you saw them here on the Bells Corners Visitors' Guide. Enjoy your stay and be sure to leave us a comment on our Contact page. We won't spam you, we promise.
Today Google decided to break many of our links. One of the "features" of Google+ prior to today was the ability to link to a business in such a way that it showed some basic information about the business (address, telephone number, hours of business, etc.), a preview of any reviews of the business with a link to read or add more, and a map showing its location. It was the perfect expansion of the business listings on the visitors' guide web site. Today it all broke. Indications at this point are that it's not coming back. For now a note has been added to the top of each affected page, but by morning the process of removing all of these links will begin. As of now there is no replacement. Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon, and Yelp links will remain for restaurants and hotels that have reviews on those sites. For all other establishments, we only hope that they have their own web sites to which we can link. Unfortunately, many do not.
Update (05/05/2015): It has been determined that Google did "retire" the Google+ Local feature as of yesterday. There is no replacement readily available for it. So, reluctantly, all of the Google+ links were removed from the site this morning. Our apologies for the inconvenience but this was beyond our control. Thanks Google.
New! Now you can add your own home-based business to the Bells Corners Visitors' Guide. Just fill out the form at http://www.bellscorners.org/add-your-home-based-business.html and we'll do the rest. Home-based businesses can be very difficult to find on the Internet. Most survive on word-of-mouth advertising, local community bulletin boards, newsgroups, and Facebook groups. Now you can list your business in Bells Corners' very own on-line business directory. No matter how large or how small your business from independent contractors to a part-time lawn mowing service for pocket money, you can now be listed at no charge. Fill out the form today.