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365 Things to do in Burlington

Day 57 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Village Cigar Company

Sat, 12th July, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

I would like to introduce you to the Village Cigar Company located in Village Square in downtown Burlington. I have always enjoyed a good cigar, but didn’t really know enough about cigars to feel comfortable browsing in cigar shops. The boys at Village Cigar Company are very approachable, knowledgeable, friendly and willing to take the time to find you the right cigar. From the novice to the aficionado, you will be treated with kindness and respect.

The location itself it a throwback to the old school tobacco shop and the decor is both cool and inviting. They even have a spot out back just in case you can’t wait until you get home and want to smoke it right there on the spot! The 100 square foot humidor is stocked with a large assortment and the guys are right there with you to teach you the differences between each cigar. They haven’t steered me wrong yet!

These guys are trying to create an experience for its customers, they are not just selling cigars. Taken from their own website ‘Our goal was to create a community; to enhance peoples’ enjoyment of cigars, pipes and gentlemanly accoutrements by representing the culture to its fullest. It is truly an experience you won’t forget: sit and get cleaned up, grab a cigar, then shoot the shit as the afternoon passes by.’

Aside from the vast selection of cigars, they have all the accessories you could ever need. My next purchase will have to be the Cigar Journal so I can log all these great choices. They also carry a wide assortment of humidors, ash trays, lighters, cutters…….everything you could ever need!

They also have an old school barber setup and have barbers in to give you a sophisticated cut and shave. Complete with hot towel service and straight razor shaves. Last time I was in, the 2 chairs were full and I was told to book well in advance as they are cutting 7 days a week and are always full. Call 905.681.2012 to book your appointment.

Drop by for a visit. Even if you are not into cigars, it is a really cool shop and is all part of the revitalization of our great city.

They are open:
Mon-Thurs 11:00-7:00
Fri-Sat 10:00-8:00
Sun 11:00-6:00

Location: Village Square
2049 Pine Street Unit 64
Burlington Ontario
905 681 2012

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Day 56 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Son of a Peach Pizzeria

Fri, 11th July, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Date nights come few and far between when you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old at home. So, deciding on where to dine becomes a very strategic endeavor. As we were walking around downtown Burlington and on our way to the very cool Village Cigar Company and Barbershop to pick up a treat for the weekend, we came across Son of a Peach Pizzeria. The smells coming from shop reached out and grabbed me from the collar and dragged me in for a look. Allison and I were set on dining at another restaurant downtown until the second waft of freshly made pizza pushed me down into one of their bar stools for a look at the menu.

When I saw ‘The Meatza’, I knew where we were going to have dinner that night. Spicy salami, house made meatballs and sausage, double smoked apple wood bacon, house made tomato sauce, and whole milk and virgin mozzarella…….you had me at Spicy salami!

With few tables in the restaurant, it fills up fast….so get their early. If it is full when you get there, they have a nice selection of craft beer to try as you wait. We didn’t have to wait long for a table and the pizza came shortly after. I devoured the Meatza and Allison tackled the Roasted Summer Squash and Tomato pizza.

Burlington has been in need of a sit down gourmet pizzeria for a long time. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat it, you can call ahead and order for take out. I am getting more and more excited about the new businesses that are coming down into the Village Square. I hope this trend continues to revitalize the downtown core.

To visit the Son of a Peach at #62-2049 Pine Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 1E9 OR call for take out at 905-632-4040.

If you want to follow them on social media, look on facebook for LOVEANDPIZZA, twitter you can find them at HEY_PEACHY and on instagram at SONOFAPEACHPIZZERIA.


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Day 55 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Tim Horton’s Camp Day

Wed, 4th June, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Get out and buy yourself a coffee today to help give a child a great time at camp!

Wednesday June 4, 2014 is Camp Day. This is the one day each year when Tim Hortons restaurant owners donate 100 per cent of the proceeds from coffee sales to the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation (THCF), making it the Foundation’s largest fundraiser each year.

Camp with the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation is more than a fun trip away from home. Camp programs are designed to change the way young people from low-income homes think about themselves and the opportunities that exist for them. The Foundation has three core programs that serve close to 14,000 children each year.

The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation was established in 1974 by Ron Joyce, Co-Founder of the Tim Hortons chain, to honour Tim Horton’s love for children and his desire to help those less fortunate. The Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing a fun-filled camp environment for children from economically disadvantaged homes.

For complete details, CLICK HERE

So go out today and buy a coffee, or a donut, or lunch…..or all three to help a child experience camp.

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Day 54 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Yard Sale in Support of Home of Grace

Mon, 19th May, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

HUGE Multi-family Charity Yard Sale and Bake – Saturday May 24 from 7:30AM-2:00PM at 634 King Road in Burlington. Trampoline, Bikes, Furniture, Tons of Kids Stuff, and much, much more! If you visit one yard sale next Saturday, this should be the one!

*** Donations welcome! Please post on the page if you would like to contribute! ALSO, donations to Home of Grace can be made through their web site http://hogcc.org/ ***

Home of Grace Care Centre is an orphanage in rural western Kenya that cares for orphans and vulnerable children. It is run by Kenyans who have a passion to fight poverty, offer shelter to the most vulnerable and educate them in order to restore hope to a community.

URGENT: The orphanage is facing a daunting challenge right now: relocate to improved facilities or be closed down, forcing the children into the streets. But there is hope. Together, we can help provide them with “A Place to Grow”.

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Kids Haircuts in Burlington – Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts For Kids | By Sean Kavanagh

Fri, 2nd May, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

If you live in Burlington and are looking for a great place to get your kids haircut, do yourself a favour and try Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts For Kids. Located at 1505 Guelph Line in the plaza on the south/east corner of Upper Middle Road and Guelph Line, you won’t be disappointed.

Kids can sit in vehicles as they get their haircut (my kid loves to sit in Lightning McQueen), they can play Xbox or they can watch their favourite TV show on the flat screens. Lots of fun to be had by all!

For appointments, please call Mrs. Michelle at 905-332-5225

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Day 53 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fri, 28th February, 2014 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s 17th Annual Maple Syrup Festival

Fresh Ontario maple syrup has been the focus of Bronte Creek Provincial Park’s Annual Maple Syrup Festival since 1998.

“We are so excited to be partnering with the Friends of Bronte Creek Park who will be bringing a few new attractions to our festival.” Says Festival Coordinator Andrew Cirtwill. “You now have 4 more reasons to visit the already fantastic Maple Syrup Festival:
1. Maple Kettle Corn*
2. Maple Cotton Candy*
3. Hot Apple Cider*
4. Pony Rides*

Cirtwill adds “We were identified as one of the top Festivals in all of Ontario in 2013 and now with the help of our Friends we hope to.”

The Maple Syrup Festival in Bronte Creek Provincial Park kicks off this Saturday at 9:30am and is open to the public from 9:30am to 3:00pm every weekend in March and from 9:30am to 3:00pm daily through the March Break.

It is too cold for the sap to run, but they are still offering 2-3 hours of activities for the whole family to enjoy including hot pancake meals and fresh taffy. Enjoy a guided tour of the Maple Lane, where 1890s costumed interpreters demonstrate how to tap maple trees, make maple syrup and maple sugar. You can even pick up a bottle of maple syrup to take home with you. Hop on a wagon that will take you to a heated pancake house where you can enjoy fresh, hot pancakes with pure maple syrup and sausages.

Due to this lovely weather we have been having, the ice skating rink will be extending their hours and remain open throughout the festival times. Treat your family to how outdoor skating used to be … Old-time skating: change into your skates beside the rink!

The rink is open daily 9:30am – ½ hour before dusk (weather permitting). Visitors are reminded that it is a good idea to call ahead to check condition before heading to the park. For more information on ice conditions, park events and facilities please call 905-827-6911.

Daily Vehicle Permits are $16.00/ vehicle or $53.82/ bus. For more information or to book your school field trip, call 905-827-6911 or visit www.BronteCreek.org.

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Day 52 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts for Kids

Thu, 30th May, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (2) Comment

Today was one of those days you tend to remember as parents. You remember their first time to crawl, the first solid meal, the first steps, the first tooth, the first words and you remember the first time you took the little one for their first haircut. At first, Rhys didn’t quite know why he was strapped into an elevated Lightning McQueen car and then got scared once the woman came out with the scissors. Allison took him in her arms and they finished the cut with Rhys on her lap. It was one of those times you will always remember as a parent.

‘Mrs. Michelle’s Cool Cuts for Kids’ is a wonderful set up for kid’s haircuts. Located in the plaza at the south/east corner of Guelph Line and Upper Middle Road, kids can sit in Lightning McQueen, a black Hummer, or a pink Jeep while they watch their favourite cartoons on the flat screen TVs.

Margaret was wonderful with how she dealt with a squirming 1 year old in the chair. When the clippers came out I thought Rhys was going to lose his mind. However, her experience showed through as she turned on the clippers and pressed it up against her own skin first to show they wouldn’t hurt him. She did the same to Allison and then to Rhys’ arm. Once she was satisfied he was comfortable with the clippers, she began to trim his hair. Her manner with Rhys was very soothing which made mommy and daddy as comfortable as it made the child.

For appointments please call 905-332-5225

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Day 51 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Rude Native Restaurant

Tue, 7th May, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

With 2 kids under 4 at home, date nights are few and far between. So, when “Grandma” offered to come down and look after the boys so we could have a night out, we jumped on the opportunity. Sunday date nights are also sooooo underrated!

However, when it comes to picking restaurants in Burlington, our dilemma is always the same. We want to try new places, but you run the risk of choosing wrong and then you have to wait 2 months for your next date night! OR, you go to some of the tried, tested and true restaurants as you always know what you are going to get. After a few cocktails on the patio at the Beaver and Bulldog, checking out the ongoing construction of the pier, we decided to just take a walk around downtown and see what peaked out interest. We walked past the Rude native and were impressed with the different menu options. I was even more impressed when I saw the sign indicating that Sundays was 1/2 price entree night!

We walked in and was greeted by a couple of friendly staff members (wish I had remembered their names as they were fantastic). Looked at the menu and finally decided on spicy mussels in curry sauce as a started, BBQ Short Ribs and their Tandoori Butter Chicken. The mussels were spicy and full of flavour. They brought out some freshly baked bread (in house) to soak up the delicious sauce. Both entrees were fantastic!

I always like to ask the server for wine recommendations. I like to inquire about a few options and ask which one they would suggest. Often you can tell the server has tried none of the options you have suggested but recommends the most expensive option. To my delight, the Rude Native server (damn, I wish I could remember her name) went the other way. I asked her about her Shiraz selections of which there were $40, $37 and $30 options. She said the Hunt from Australia ($30 option) was her favourite Shiraz and that we wouldn’t be disappointed…..and we weren’t.

For a complete dining experience, the Rude Native is a fantastic option for downtown dining. We don’t often go out and don’t like to go to the same places twice, but we will definitely be going back to the Rude Native.

Specials run throughout the week and I can’t wait to try out each of the other nights of the week!
Mondays – 1/2 priced Wine
Tuesdays – All You Can Eat Mussels
Wednesday – 1/2 priced appetizers
Thursdays – 1/2 priced Noodles and Curries
Sunday – 1/2 priced Entrees

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Day 50 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Innovative New Junior Golf League in Burlington

Mon, 1st April, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

The City of Burlington is partnering with Within Range Golf Centres and Focus Golf Group to offer an innovative Junior Golf League starting in April 2013.

It is exciting to see that a group, including a branch of government, is coming together to raise awareness and improve the skill level of young Canadian golfers! A venture of this kind is vital to our community as it brings a sport like golf to everyone. No longer is golf just a sport for the rich. With the backing of the City of Burlington and two great organizations dedicated to the kids, golf is now accessible to the masses. AND, every child that joins the program will be given a new set of Callaway golf clubs!!!

The Junior Golf League for six to 10-year-old boys and girls tees off April 28 with five weeks of introductory golf instruction at Within Range Golf Centres followed by five weeks of play at Tyandaga Golf Course.

After five weeks of covering the basics with Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Canada professionals from Focus Golf Group at Within Range, the young golfers will shift their game to Tyandaga Golf Course where they will play on a modified junior 18-hole layout. Each hole will be shortened to 100 to 150 yards in length. They will play in groups of three starting at 4 p.m. on Sundays with their parent caddying for them and providing assistance where necessary. The five 60-minute teaching sessions at Within Range Golf Centres will be held on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. with afternoon sessions as well.

“Staff at the Tyandaga Golf Course, Callaway Golf, Within Range Golf Centres and the Focus Golf Group believe in growing the game and that starts with introducing youngsters to golf at an early age,” says Doug Lawrie, director of instruction at Burlington-based Focus Golf Group.

“Everyone is going to learn and we’re going to have fun doing it,” says Lawrie, the winner of the PGA of Canada Junior Leader of the Year award for 2012. “We have developed a 2,000-yard short course, a custom-designed scorecard and we’re going to get parents involved as caddies. Each child will also receive a new set of junior Callaway Golf clubs.”

The Golf Canada Future Links program will be followed for the clinics and will cover putting, chipping and full swing, rules and golf etiquette, how to play, safety and parents’ roles as caddies.

“This new league is designed to give children who might not otherwise have access to a golf course, the opportunity to play the game on a real course, “said Brad Weake, supervisor of golf operations at Tyandaga Golf Course. “It has also been developed as a feeder program for Tyandaga’s Junior Program that is available for 11 to 17 year-olds.”

The 10-week program will conclude on June 30 with a fun tournament and barbecue at Tyandaga Golf Course.

The cost is $350 plus HST per participant, including a new set of junior Callaway Golf clubs. Visit www.focusgolfgroup.com for more information.

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Day 49 of 365 Things to do in Burlington – Momstown Easter Party

Fri, 29th March, 2013 - Posted by Sean Kavanagh - (0) Comment

Come by the Tansley Woods Community Centre on Saturday March 30 where we will be having baskets full of fun at the Momstown annual Easter Party.

This year I will be sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt and craft table so bring the whole family for all kinds of fun. Children can also participate in crafts, circle time, the famous parachute and Rugby tots. Don’t forget to get a picture with MOM to put in the Easter Photo Frame you will get!

Where: Tansley Woods Community Centre
When: Saturday March 30, 2013
Time: Starting at 11:00 am and going until 12:15

Hope to see you all there! If you do go, please stop by the craft table where I will be helping out the kids decorate their Easter baskets.

Happy Easter everyone!

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