Fond memories of Water Street, Carbonear
For a family wedding last summer my cousin Mary Fagan treated me by having my hair washed and styled at “Envy Hair Studios” at 187 Water Street in Carbonear. A lovely young woman gave me the best “hairwash” ever and not taking the head off me like some other salons. Then Ada the owner styled my hair.
Living in Ontario, I’ve had my hair styled many many times and not always as impressed as I was by the result that Ada did. While we were there a gentleman (maybe a salesman) dropped by to display the newest technology — The Pro Curl. We were all impressed. It was a most pleasant afternoon.
The next day it was my mission to go to The Compass newspaper, home office at 176 Water Street, to meet the editor, Terry Roberts, as I was hoping that one of my articles (as it was posted on-line) headlined “A word from a proud expatriate Newfoundlander” (not going to lie, I had to ask Terry what the word expatriate meant) would actually be published in that week’s print edition. And lo and behold, it was and I was even given a fresh copy right of the press, so to speak. My son Cale and mother Sheila Hogan were there to join me in my euphoria.
Cale, who had sort of patiently waited, bargained for us to go to Honda Town, also located on Water Street, to look at some of their latest all-terrain vehicles. Even though the manager (I believe) knew we had no intention of buying something right then and there because we were visiting, he kindly answered all my son Cale’s inquisitive and detailed questions. If we’re ever to buy a new quad or ATV, I will definitely go back due to the knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Recently, a fire destroyed the old Bond Theatre at 149 Water Street. Every time I passed or drove by it, I always thought to myself: “This was the first place I ever saw a movie,” which resulted into my love for going to the movies. It was “The Strongest Man in the World,” a Disney movie with Kurt Russel. Needless to say, it was my first-ever crush.
It’s sad that it’s gone now, but I’m sure many of us all have fond memories of the theatre.
I also have fond memories of visiting the old “Fong’s Restaurant” location on Water Street with my grand- mother when we went to Carbonear shopping. I still remember the decor in my mind’s eye.
There’s still more locations on Water Street for me to explore and visit again. I look forward to visiting them on future visits.
— Celeste Delaney-Loughrey is a former resident of Northern Bay. She now resides in Ajax, Ont.