is One Happening Place!
Olde Walkerville offers an eclectic array of places to eat, drink
and shop. Residents and visitors alike can choose from new faces
or old favourites, as this vibrant neighbourhood continues to
expand its business community. Take a relaxing stroll down Wyandotte
Street East with a few detours off the beaten path, and you'll
find no end of places to investigate.
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Ice Cream: 1801 Wyandotte
over 60 years, kids of all ages have converged at Peerless, the
last of seven original Peerless ice cream shops. Owner Geri Ouellette
offers 43 flavours, including the popular French Vanilla, waffle
and sugar cones, sundaes, old fashioned milkshakes and decadent
banana splits served in classic Venetian cups. Perfect on a hot
Walkerville summer day.
Velvet: 1646 Wyandotte East
seems like the Velvet has been here forever, serving breakfast
and lunch in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Owner Jenny McLeod
is a familiar face; she worked at Velvet four years before taking
over the reins a year ago.
House:1880 Wyandotte East
Kildare, a Celtic Pub, has become a new favourite among locals;
soak up the sun on the patio while enjoying daily lunch and dinner
specials, and rib sticking pub grub. Enjoy one of the 10 import
and domestic draught beers and the extensive whisky collection.
The Kildare, owned by Walkerville Collegiate alumni Heath Chantler
and others, recently celebrated its second anniversary and has
been a welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
Victoria Tavern: 400 Chilver
Vic has been a Walkerville tradition since 1897. Proprietor Aaaron
Edwards has stocked the largest Scotch Whisky bar in Windsor,
and carries Guinness and other imports on draught. Try the famous
Vic Burger, or sample other fare from the Vic's vast menu. Whether
itĂs a turkey club or fish and chips, the Vic doesnĂt disappoint.
Drop by the Neighbourhood Backyard BBQs on Sundays this summer,
and try the Savoury Ribs n Chicken.
Variety and Lunch: 1998 Wyandotte East
Walkerville staple, Chuck Holmes has owned Jackies for the last
nine years. Whether you're looking for the Walkerville Times or
the New York Times, you can find it at Jackies, along with a cup
of coffee and a sandwich. Hot summer days get a little cooler
with an ice cream or cold soft drink, and the company at the counter
can't be beat.
Willistead Restaurant: 1840 Wyandotte East
Lorraine Desjarlais (of Catering by Lorraine) at the helm for
the last three years, the Willistead is a favourite breakfast,
lunch and dinner spot. Home-cooked meals and breakfast all day,
as well as daily specials.
& bevie landscape will continue to evolve in Olde Walkerville with
the opening of two new eateries: Plato's Blend, a bakery
coffee shop and Kush, Windsor's first "resto-bar". On
Ottawa Street, Whisky's Michigan Grill has been reborn as
Ozwad's, a Classic Grill House. Particularly enjoyable is
this venueĂs heritage theme, including the giant murals and historical
photos. Check it out at 1515 Ottawa Street.
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youĂve satisfied your hunger at one of WalkervilleĂs eating spots,
hit the streets again for some great shopping.Walkerville offers
an interesting mix of stores, offering everything from antiques
to the latest in housewares, foodstuffs and art.
Distinctive Gifts: 1823 Wyandotte East
in their new location, owners Paul Leite and Darryl English have
been in business for almost two years. They offer a wide selection
of distinctive gifts for distinctive people. Everything from candles
to soap and vases to ashtrays can be found here, and custom gift
baskets are available too. In addition, Soho carries the largest
line of gourmet foods in the city: teas, coffees, spices, sauces,
chocolates and more.
For The Home: 1645 Wyandotte East
three years in business, owner Michael Richardson just celebrated
Icons grand opening in their new location. Icon is a lifestyle store,
featuring furnishings and home accessories. From stemware to sofas,
Icon is now bigger and better than ever.
Treasures: 1747 Wyandotte East
Jillian Knapp and Laurean Stobbs will soon be moving into the heart
of Walkerville from their current location on Ottawa Street. Not
yet a year old, Timeless Treasures will be bringing their consignment
furnishings, tables, lamps, cabinets, etc... to Wyandotte Street,
next door to the former Icon For The Home location.
by Design:1936 Wyandotte East
Shannon Gilbert has been in business for six years and offers fresh
or silk flower arrangements, as well as wedding and funeral packages.
Have your arrangements custom designed; they're a perfect gift.
Times Book and Gift Shop: 624 Chilver
Weeks and Chris Edwards offer books, posters and CDs, featuring
only local artists, musicians and writers. Greeting cards, vintage
photos of Walkerville & area, and T-shirts are also available
to see the selection
Garden: 1520 Wyandotte
Joseph Lapointe and John Mailloux have been offering their interior
design and outdoor decor services for two years. Home consultation
and event planning services are also available.
Since 1984, Leslie Donald and Kevin Donald have been framing pictures
in Walkerville. Posteroptics also offers the original art of local
artist Nancy Jahn.
Wood Doctor: 1748 Wyandotte
and Valerie Coon offer a super selection of wood furniture. Dining
tables, chairs and cabinets are on display in the showroom. The
Wood Doctor, known for its stack of red wagons on the sidewalk,
came to Walkerville ten years ago.
Imeson Collection, Fine Antiques: 1918 Wyandotte
Imeson is a newcomer to Walkerville, having just moved the shop
to the neighbourhood nine months ago. Dealing in French and European
Antiques, the five-year-old business was previously located on Erie
Black Opal: 1706 Wyandotte
Bryan Futko features 21st Century Design: revived furniture and
unusual collectibles. The store is like a time capsule of twentieth
century artifacts, great for browsing.
Invictus: 378 Devonshire
Ann Lendvai is a registered Aromatherapy Health Practitioner and
Certified Reflexologist. Massage, ear coning and holistic facials
are all available. Retail products include aromatherapy products,
natural soaps and handcrafted creams and perfumes. Gift certificates
City Comics: 1755 Wyandotte
and Pat Girard own this comic book collectorĂs nirvana. On this
site since 1990, and in busines since 1986, Border City features
a complete line of popular comic books, including The X-Men and
Spiderman, compilation graphic novels and action figures. Head to
the basement for discounted comic books.
JuliaĂs ConlonĂs Art Gallery: 423 Kildare
mother of six children, Julia Conlon is a prolific painter. Her
gallery on Kildare Rd. is filled with her sought-after limited edition
paintings. JuliaĂs work focuses on "Canadian family life...a
collection of vignettes drawn from everyday experience."
the most exquisite to the most simple
resident Henry Godon, 85 remembers what area businesses were like
when he was a lad.
Drugstore & Soda Fountain was on the corner of Chilver & Wyandotte.
Then there was the Walkerville Bakery in the middle of that block.
You could buy all the bread and fancy cakes you wanted, from the
most exquisite to the most simple. They made a lemon square, no
icing but a lemon butter filling - absolutely delicious!
Note: to read more about shopping in olde Walkerville in days gone
by, see also Al Roach's Shopping in Walkerville
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for something to do after the shopping expedition or long day at
work? Walkerville offers entertainment venues to meet all tastes,
from old-style pub to alternative dance hall.
Victoria Tavern: 400 Chilver
1897, the Vic has served the people of Walkerville, most recently
under the direction of owner Aaron Edwards. A traditional neighbourhood
bar that caters to regulars (known as the Victoria Tavern Association
of Professional Cocktailers), the building has undergone many upgrades
in the last few years. Watch for the Indie Fest II coming in September,
a showcase of Windsor's independent bands and musicians who will
perform inside and on the patio.
House: 1880 Wyandotte East
just a great spot to eat, the Kildare also features 10 imports &
domestic microbrews on tap, and a large single malt scotch and Irish
Whiskey selection. Catch live Celtic music Thursday through Saturday.
Back Street Tavern: 792 Gladstone
a few blocks from the happenings on Wyandotte, this neighbourhood
tavern has been here for ages. For the last six years Jim Lott's
been in charge, and the Backstreet has become a popular watering
hole. Stop in for lunch, and enjoy one of "the best hamburgers
in town," or check out one of the live bands playing every
Moon's (CaliforniaĂs): 911 Walker
live rock bands on the weekends, J.C.s is also known for the volleyball
courts. Alternative dance music can be heard downstairs at The Underground.
Complex: 634 Chilver
Rob Sarra and David Ruxton always have something new in the works
at this alternative dance club. Currently, DJ music is on the agenda
for Friday and Saturday nights Á watch for the completion of renovations
to the second floor.
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Fate of "The Tivoli
The historically significant Walkerville Theatre was built in 1918
by then unknown architect Howard Crane, who went on to design the
majestic Fox Theatre & Orchestra Hall in Detroit, and Earls Court
in London, England, among many others.
Originally built for Vaudeville acts, live entertainment gave way
to silent movies and then talkies in the late 1920s. Until amalgamation
with Windsor in 1935, theatre goers could choose to watch shows
from either the Windsor or Walkerville side, as the building straddled
the border between the two towns.
Tivoli," as it became known, operated until 1965 and was briefly
revived as a Bingo, then as a community/dance theatre. At press
time, the new owners were in the process of applying for a liquor
license with plans to convert the old theatre the into an alternative
residents oppose the liquor license application, and have marshalled
a petition, which was signed by over 500 locals. Main concerns include
minimal parking spaces, the over intensification of a residential
area and problems associated with the "kiddie bar" syndrome
in the downtown core.