By Chad Ingram
Published July 13, 2017
Minden continues to grow and evolve, as evidenced by a number of openings that took place within the village in early July.
Canada Day marked the debut of Boshkung Social, the new eatery and whistle-wetting stop that is housed in the former Beer Store building along Water Street, overlooking the Gull River.
Along with Boshkung Brewing Co. beers, the venue offers other microbrewery suds, VQA wines, speciality cocktails and catering from Carnarvon’s Rhubarb restaurant, with which the brewery shares ownership.
The location is ideal, allowing patrons to view river activities while enjoying their refreshments, and the business brings continued culinary diversification to Minden.
It seems likely that within coming years and decades, most or all of Water Street will be transformed into a commercial corridor, full of boutiques and cafés.
Boshkung Brewing Co. has been a juggernaut for Haliburton County in its few short years of existence, helping to spread word of the Haliburton Highlands from the taps of many restaurants and the shelves of many LCBOs.
Locally, it also provides employment for a number of people.
Canada Day also saw the opening of Troy Optical, located along Highway 35 beside Subway. The business offers lens edging and frame sales and repairs, as well as children’s frames and sunglasses. The owner also hopes to offer eye exams with the assistance of a travelling optometrist.
The business fills a service gap that has long existed in Minden and will no doubt be a welcome sight for many residents.
Moving from the economic to social sphere, July 7 marked the official opening of Pinegrove Place, a 12-unit affordable housing complex providing accessible living space for seniors and those with physical disabilities.
The building, which constitutes the first of two phases planned for the site near the S.G. Nesbitt Memorial Arena, is a project of the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corporation.
Minden requires more housing of all types and the demand for in-town, multi-unit buildings will only increase as more and more seasonal residents retire to the community in coming years.