How to Paint “The Moose”


Oh good Lord, yesterday I read a Facebook thread about the paint condition on our local watering hole The Thirsty Moose on Bridge Street.

This is what it used to look like


The building was originally Levine’s dry goods store. The store began in 1921, and was owned and operated by Phillip and Leah Levine until 1983. In February 1986 there was a destructive fire but the building was rebuilt to match the original! Here is a photo of the building in circa 1925: Shane Edwards said the stained glass window from the second floor front middle window was saved and then reinstalled in the new building.

This is The Moose today.


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The photo above is how most “Carleton Placeites” feel about The Moose. I spent 8 hours in The Moose a month or so ago interviewing Trevor Barr about his travels. It feels like being at home in your living room. But, someone spoke about the condition of the building, and posed this statement on Facebook’s Carleton Place Restaurant And Retail Review.

“Help me understand how the dilapidated Thirsty Moose building, garners so many patrons? What message does this send to future homeowners when they come to our downtown?”

and so the comments began………………………….

Dana Read– If less people want to go there because of how it looks I’m all for it. It just means more barons, wings and vodka for meeee

Steph Langford– It doesn’t look bad. They serve good food and everyone has a good time going there. It needs paint…a lot of buildings in town do

Melissa Renaud– If the local CP People read the EMC, a couple months back there was a huge article about how the Thirsty Moose is getting a rehaul very soon! Look it up.

I agree with Elspeth Hunter who said:

Sometimes it’s what’s on the inside that matters”

I say,

To hell with the paint…God Bless you Bubba, and Goodnight Carleton Place!

As for painting The Moose.. well I will leave you with this.:) maybe you can get some ideas.

Read Ted MacDonald’s Last Ale Report- after all we are just her for a good time.

Thanks Dave for the photo!

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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