Fond mem­o­ries of Wa­ter Street, Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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