2015 Maple Grove Fertilizer Sale – This Saturday Only April 18th

Maple Grove United Church 55th Annual Fertilizer & Lawn Care Sale – One Day Sale Only! Saturday April 18, 2015 9am – 3pm

Oakville Maplegrove United Church Ferlizer Sale

Oakville’s Maple Grove Fertilizer Sale is a long standing fundraiser for the Maplegrove United Church. This one day sale has become a spring tradition in Oakville.  

Check out their lineup of fertilizers, organic weed preventer, premium grass seed and other products. All of the products at the Maple Grove Fertilizer Sale are from name-brand suppliers at highly competitive prices.  All of their lawn care products are of high quality and pesticide-free in keeping with Oakville’s bylaws.  Not only will your lawn thank you for feeding it, your wallet will too – everything at the Maplegrove United Church Fertilizer sale is at or better than retail value and you don’t pay the HST!

Maplegrove United Church supports many community activities and local Oakville programs. The proceeds from their annual fertilizer sale are used to help the church fund the church’s necessary capital improvements, programs & services.

Maple Grove United Church is located at 346 Maple grove Drive in Oakville. If you are interested in purchasing fertilizer check out the sale this Saturday April 18, 2015 or visit the Maplegrove United Church’s website to order online.


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

If you are hosting an event, business opening, new product or service in the Oakville area and would like to be featured on iBlogOakville.com please contact Ryan and let’s get connected!

GoldStar Cafe Grand Opening a Success in Downtown Oakville

Goldstar Cafe Grand Opening in Downtown Oakville – April 8, 2015

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The Goldstar Cafe had its Grand Opening celebration last week on April 8, 2015. The Goldstar Cafe is open in Downtown Oakville at 350 Lakeshore Rd Oakville in the east end of Downtown Oakville.

The Grand Opening celebration was well attended by Mayor Rob Burton, local town councillors and many local residents, yours truly included. The cafe was decked out in gold and white balloons and entertained a full house offering a delicious erray of their food and baked goods, coffes, espresso and teas. Mayor Burton was even surprised with a personal birthday cake and a lovely rendition of Happy Birthday by the string quartet that played throughout the festivities.

In addition, Goldstar Cafe donated its proceeds from the first official day of business to ArtHouse – a local organization founded by Oakville resident Don Pangman that aims to promote the arts in Oakville & Burlington. ArtHouse provides greater accessibiliy and innovative, cost-free extra-curricular arts programs led by professional instructors for children aged 7-12.  Children, who otherwise would not be able to participate in such rich, creative and cultural programs. (Stay tuned for a separate piece on ArtHouse shortly.)

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This new cafe offers organic coffees, espresso and a wide selection of teas. I love tea so I took the opportunity to try their dairy free, organic chai lattee with coconut milk. It was amazing, the chai tea was rich but not too bold and I loved the creaminess of the coconut milk.  I’ve also had their green tea latte with coconut milk – also a must try.

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I spoke breifly to their head chef Al, who I will be talking more in depth with in the near future and giving more information about their food which is all aimed at fresh, whole ingredients and overall a healthier eating choices, especially when it comes to cafes. They are setting themselves apart in this category.

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The Goldstar Cafe offers a spacious, airy and bright environment which is a pleasant change from the tighter experience of some of the other Downtown Oakville cafes and coffee houses. There is a second floor, mezzanine level with additional comfortable seating as well making it a great place to meet for business or to just relax on your own with a book or to catch up with friends.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, head Downtown Oakville and try the Goldstar Cafe and let me know what you think. Enjoy some more photos from the Grand Opening of the Goldstar Cafe below.


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

If you are hosting an event, business opening, new product or service in Oakville area and would like to be featured on iBlogOakville.com please contact Ryan and let’s get connected!


 

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan approved by Oakville Town Council

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan approved by Oakville Town Council

Downtown Oakville Streetscape Revitalization Plan Rendering

Above is a rendering of the proposed streetscape plan for Downtown Oakville.

The Downtown Oakville Streetscape Plan option 2a was approved by Town Council during Monday evening’s planning and development council meeting. While I didn’t head into the pouring rain to attend the meeting in person, I did watch the whole thing online at TownTV.ca.

After reading the report here are the core basics of this streetscape plan for Downtown Oakville:

  • removal of the existing centre lane, creating a two lane road ;
  • maintaining existing street parking on Lakeshore Rd;
  • wider lanes on Lakeshore Rd with cycling sharrows for integrated transportation;
  • dedicated cycling / bike lanes on Robinson and Church Streets;
  • widening of the sidewalk/boulevards on Lakeshore by 30%;
  • wider boulevards offer stores and restaurants a 2m dedicated marketing zone for retail & merchandising displays and patios for cafes & restuarants;
  • new boulevard designs and landscaping with soil pods to support mature tree lined street;
  • new surface streetscape materials and upgraded finishings like street furniture, bike racks, waste and recycling receptacles;
  • public transit stops to remain and street bump outs will allow for bike racks, street features & furnishings;
  • there will be dedicated commercial loading zones along Lakeshore and adjacent side streets;

Downtown Oakville Plan - streetscape plan - lakeshore rd cross section

Downtown Oakville Plan - streetscape plan - overview map and street layout

“Council’s decision on Monday night is a critical step in the revitalization of Downtown Oakville,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We were pleased to see the number of residents and business owners who participated so passionately in our public meetings. Their feedback will ensure we continue being the most livable town in Canada.”

Just so you are clear on what this means, don’t expect to see construction and work happening soon. This starts the wheels in motion as the engineering and construction phasing will that 18 to 24 months to complete. The specific timing of the Downtown Oakville streetscape design plan is yet to be decided.

Not only that, it became clear based on statements made at Monday evening’s council meeting by the Downtown BIA, local businesses and residents groups that the public opinion places priority on addressing the parking and the new parking garage proposed for the Church Street lot.

I think this decision by Town Council is a good first step defining much needed direction. The number of vacancies and empty stores in Downtown Oakville is not a good sign and reinforces that things need to change and be addressed.

In my personal view, it will take more than a new parking garage and freshened up streets to create a vibrant and vital downtown core in Oakville. Historically, vibrant Downtown areas, Villages, Main streets need people living in the area which means density. Now before you blacklist me, I know density is a bad word in Oakville, but you only have to look at all the empty, vacant store fronts to know something has to change here. So, in an area that lacks and discourages residential density, Downtown Oakville has to become a destination for Oakville residents. A community hub that offers more than just goods and services, but represents what life in Oakville is all about – not just high end merchandise or fancy clothes, but a more personal, cultural experience that people can relate and connect with regardless of social or economic standing or disparity.

In conjunction with the Downtown Plan, town of Oakville staff presented a feasibility study that looked at the cost of building a second parking garage on Church Street between George Street and Thomas Street. The town of Oakville currently operates a surface parking lot at this location. The initial preferred option proposes a seven level parking garage. The structure would have four parking levels above ground and 3 parking levels underground with a total of 348 parking spaces. Initial proposal would also have commercial / retail space at street level. The initial, total cost of this parking garage is estimated at $23 million. Town Council directed town of Oakville staff to proceed with a business review study to determine the ability of a new parking structure to attract both short term and long term patrons, to provide recommendations on how the town may ensure its success, and to review funding for a parking garage. This further plan is set to be presented this Fall in conjunction with the Town’s 10 year Capital Budget Plan.

Town Staff also brought forward an update report on the Downtown Cultural Hub (DCH) which advised Council of the study progress and next steps which will include evaluation of the themes and the development of options to present to Council in September. The Downtown Cultural Hub team will hold the next community presentation on June 24, 2015. Stay tuned for that.

What are your thoughts on Downtown Oakville and the Downtown Oakville Plan?

Complete information on the Downtown Oakville Plan and the full study reports can be viewed online at oakville.ca.


Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

 

Discover Oakville: 14 Mile Creek Headwater Hike

Explore Oakville – 14 Mile Creek Headwater Hike – April 18th, 2015

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Now that the Spring weather has arrived, what better way to enjoy it than by exploring some of Oakville’s hidden gems – like the 14 Mile Creek. Oakville is a town rich in natural assets: extensive trails, picturesque creeks and rivers, valleys, forests, conservation land, parks and Lake Ontario & the waterfront of course.

This weekend, OakvilleGreen invites you to enjoy a hike along 14 Mile Creek’s beautiful river valley and headwater lands. The hike is in partnership with the Ontario Headwaters Institute & the Greenbelt Foundation.

What: 14 Mile Creek Headwater Hike

When: Saturday, April 18th at 9:45 am

Where: The group will meet at Langtry Park parking lot on Brays Lane near Langtry Dr (near Third Line & Kings College, just north of the QEW).

The hike will be a fun outdoor adventure great for famillies, adults and kids alike. Out of Oakville’s many trails and natural lands the 14 Mile Creek area is a vital river valley with upstream connections to important ecological headwater features. On the hike you will also get a better understanding of the importance of why headwater features are important to the natural habitats and ecosystems of our natural spaces in Oakville.

One of the goals of these headwater hikes is to raise awareness and encourage Oakville residents to get involved in the 2015 Greenbelt Review currently underway.

“We hope that when people see the beauty of 14 Mile Creek and witness threats influencing our headwaters and urban river valleys, they will be inspired to voice their support for strong and expanded Greenbelt protection of our urban river valleys”, explained Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc., Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri.

The hike is one of a series of ten Headwater Hikes across the Greenbelt developed in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and 19 regional partners.. More information on the role that headwaters play in the Greenbelt, and other Hikes, can be found at: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Balmoral Condominium Oakville – Construction Update April 2015

The Balmoral Condos Oakville – April 2015 Construction Update

Balmoral Condominium Oakville - new condos in Oakville 2300 Upper MIddle Road Bronte Third Line

After a slow start to the Balmoral Condominium development, construction has been steadily progressing. The Balmoral is a luxury, low-rise condominium located at 2300 Upper Middle Road in Oakville part way between Bronte Rd and Third Line and backs onto a mature ravine.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

Above is the street view of The Balmoral Condominium from the north side of Upper Middle Rd closer to Grand Oak Trail. The building is a mix of stone block and red brick with metal roofing on the front of the building.

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Here is the east side of the Balmoral condo development looking west along the south side of Upper Middle Rd Oakville. You can see the ravine to the left of the building.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

This closer view of the north exposure of The Balmoral Condos shows the traditional European architectural style of the complex being built by Legend Creek Homes in Oakville. The modern windows are accented with stone surrounds and keystone accents. The Balmoral sits upon a land assembly of single family homes that were demolished several years ago to make way for the 88 new condo suites in this luxury condo.

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Here is the front entrance of the condo building taken from the driveway at 2300 Upper Middle Rd W Oakville. You can see the base paving of the driveway and curbs are in place. There is a circular drive up to the main lobby entrance. (Please excuse the porta pottys in the shot but I didn’t put them there)

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Above is the west end of the condo building showing the south side or ravine side of the Balmoral condo building. You can see how the site slopes to the rear. Note the building does not have the same brick facade on the back side. It also has more traditional roofing shingles instead of the metal roofing material used on the street side.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

Above is a closer look at the Balmoral condo building showing some of the terraces from the individual condo units.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

Here is a panoramic shot of the south side of the building was taken from the walking trail that runs behind the Balmoral condominium building. This is part of the trail system in Glen Abbey and Westmount and connects to the other nearby trails running through this area of Oakville north of the QEW. I run on these trails often and the builder has done a nice job of upgrading this section of the trail. They have also planted many trees along this part of the trail and in the ravine – you can see some in the photo as well.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

Another panoramic shot of the rear of the condo building. You can see the black iron fencing posts and more trees that have been planted.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

Here you can see the trail winding behind the building and the many mature trees on the other side of the trail that were kept safe during construction. Well done.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville

This part of the building in the left side  of the above photo shows the exit doors from the common library lounge on the main floor with stairs leading down to what will be a terrace.

The balmoral condominium oakville - new balmoral condos 2300 upper middle rd Oakville walking trail

Above is a better photo of the walking / running trail that runs behind the condo building. You can see the newly planted trees and extra landscaping that has been done to upgrade the trail.

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Last but not least is the view of the scenic ravine that residents of the new Balmoral Condominium will enjoy. I will be sure to update the photos once the leaves have filled in on the trees.

If you’re interested in living at the Balmoral Condominium, there are still condos available for sale starting at the high $300,000s. Occupancy at the Balmoral is set for this Fall 2015.

Please fill out the form below to receive the current pricing and availability for condos for sale at The Balmoral Condominium Oakville:

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Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

 

Moods Eatery & Cafe Opening Soon in Oakville

Moods Eatery & Cafe, Bistro is coming to Oakville in May, 2015

Moods Eatery & Cafe Oakville - Moods International Bistro coming soon to Oakville

Spring is in the air, breathing new life in Oakville. Along with it is another new business opening coming to central Oakville. Moods Eatery & Cafe is a new restaurant opening soon in Oakville.

Moods Eatery and Cafe is an International style bistro with an international street food style menu. Moods will be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner & late night desserts. Stay tuned for more info on the food at Moods restaurant.

Moods international bistro will be opening in next month at 372 Iroquois Shore Rd Oakville just east off Trafalgar Rd, very close to Oakville Place & the QEW.

If you’re interested or looking for a job in the restaurant biz, Moods restaurant will be part of the Halton Region Job Fair this coming Tuesday – April 14th, 2015 at the Burlington Convention Centre from 3pm-7pm.

Stay tuned for more info on Moods Eatery & Cafe…coming soon to Oakville.


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Oakville Spring Home Show – April 10-12, 2015

Oakville Spring Home Show starts April 10th, 2015 @ Glen Abbey Rec Centre

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When:  April 10 – 12, 2015

Where: Glen Abbey Recreation Centre – 1415 Third Line Oakville, Ontario

Home Show Hours: Friday 1 – 9pm, Saturday 11 am – 5 pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.

click here for a savings coupon for the 2015 Oakville Spring Home Show

 

While it hasn’t exactly felt like spring lately, Spring is here. I know it’s been cold… Really cold. Forever it seems, I know. Well, despite the chilly temperatures the Oakville Spring Real Estate market has been cooking up heat since February! Construction is surging on Oakville’s new condos and townhomes.

Back again and growing every year is the Oakville Spring Home Show. Everyone knows that your home, townhouse or condo is more likely than not your biggest investment. Maybe you’re not wanting to sell and move to trade up or down. Maybe you want to invest in your home and renovate or make some home improvements – All good ideas!

Whether you’re looking to replace some flooring, renovate your basement or bathroom, upgrade your windows or doors or create that dream kitchen you always wanted, you can find ideas, contacts & inspiration at the Oakville home show this week.

The Oakville Spring Home Show offers you as a home or condo owner a local, one-stop shop environment to meet and connect with local trades, suppliers, businesses, contractors and see what’s new and exciting in home improvements.

Be sure to check out the Oakville Spring Home Show April 10, 11 & 12, 2015 at the Glen Abbey Rec Centre.


 

 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

Oakville Spring Book Sale – Friends of Oakville Public Library

Friends of Oakville Public Library’s Spring Book Sale is on April 8 – 12, 2015

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Oakville Spring Book Sale runs from April 8 – 12 in the Oakville Public Library Central Branch Auditorium.

The Oakville Public Library holds two book sales every year in support of the OPL’s programs and services like the TD Summer Reading Club, Kids programs, teen writing contests and workshops.

The book sales run one in spring, ie now – April and the other later in the Fall, in November. The Friends of the Oakville Public Library’s Book Sales offer up thousands of donated books in all subjects, categories & interests. All books are sold at only $1.50/lb.

Reading really is a gift and one we lose sight of too often in today’s technologically based word. Society makes jokes about not reading or not having time to read, but if you look at the stats for the amount of time the average person spends glued to a digital screen – computer, iPhone, TV, etc we have the time, it’s what we choose to do with it that brings the excuse.

So as a personal challenge from me to you, go support the Oakville Public Library’s Book Sale. Buy some books for yourself, for your kids or friends. Take 30 mins away from your screen time and read for yourself. Get your kids to do it, read together, read to them if they’re younger. They will appreciate it even if they fight it.

What: Friends of the Oakville Public Library Spring Book Sale:

When:

Friends Only Book Sale:
Wednesday, April 8 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Public Book Sale:
Thursday, April 9       12:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, April 10           9:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, April 11       9:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 12         1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Oakville Public Library – Central Library Branch, Downtown Oakville

120 Navy St.
Oakville, L6J 2Z4

Map

Most books are only $1.50 per pound; half price on Sunday. Please note: the book sale is a cash only event.

Photo source [insidehalton.com]


 

 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

New Winners in Oakville coming soon South Oakville Centre

New Winners in Oakville ~ coming April to South Oakville Centre Mall

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Oakville is getting a new Winners Store at the South Oakville Mall… or the South Oakville Centre. Whatever you call it, to me it will always be Hopedale Mall, this is just so confusing. To backtrack briefly, Calloway REIT puchased Hopedale Mall back in 2007. There were significant renovations and rebranding a few years back in preparation for the arrival of Target. Which, well – we all know how that turned out.

Anyway,now that you know where I mean. South Oakville Centre / Hopedale Mall at Rebecca & Third Line – Winners is coming there. So for all you designer, bargain hunters – this one’s for you. I mean, who doesn’t like saving money on things like clothes, shoes, kids clothes, toys, kitchen stuff, bedding & more…? Especially kids clothes! If they’re not wearing them out, they’re tired of wearing them and well, cha ching $$!

Winners kind of combines the thrill of bargain hunting kicked up to a classier level. Me, I am happy to go hunting for a bargain whether it’s at Winners or the Salvation Army thrift store. You may not always be guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for when you go to Winners, but you often find what you didn’t know you were looking for and you know what you’re getting is new and generally speaking a good deal.

So get ready to save! The new Winners Store Oakville is set to open at April 23rd, 2015.

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The new Winners in Oakville will be next door to the Goodlife Fitness for Women gym. The closest entrance will be the south mall entrance closest to the store formally known as Target.

Stay tuned for any grand opening specials or deals – if you know of any, share them & comment on this post! Thanks for visiting and happy shopping!


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.

 

 

Things Engraved Oakville – Now Open in Downtown Oakville

Now Open – Things Engraved in Downtown Oakville

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Things Engraved newest Oakville location is now open in Downtown Oakville at 185 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville.

I think you all know what they’re all about, so it should be no shock that Things Engraved is about… well, all things engraved. Whether you need a personal gift or corporate business gift, wedding gift, teachers gift, baby shower gift, coaches gifts, wedding favors or grad gifts – Things Engraved has something that would work. Even if you’re making some gaudy gag bowling trophy you found curbside or at the thrift shop, you can get an engraved name plate to stick on it there.

It is great to see Things Engraved brining new life to Downtown Oakville. If you have been in the new store, comment and share your thoughts on the new Things Engraved Oakville location on Lakeshore Rd Downtown Oakville.

If you’re not Downtown Oakville you can always check out the other oakville location for Things Engraved at Oakville Place – 240 Leighland Ave, Oakville.


 

Ryan is a long-time resident of Oakville, a father, runner, blogger, community heretic & Real Estate Broker with Town-City Realty Limited, Brokerage.  Office: 905.507.0040 ext.22, Direct: 416.254.8468.