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Take a #WelliWander with Hugh Neilson

Hugh Neilson is an award-winning arts administrator and is currently the Managing Director at Great Canadian Theatre Company in the heart of Wellington St. West. When he is not at the theatre, he is at home with his wonderful family, playing the guitar or strumming the ukulele. Rumour has it, Hugh-lead ukulele jams in the neighbourhood are coming in the near future!

We’ve pulled back the curtain on Hugh’s favourite Hintonburg and Wellington Village businesses when he’s out on a #WelliWander.

Here are Hugh’s top 5 highlights:

Thyme & Again Creative Catering
1255 Wellington Street West

As big supporters of the arts and the community at large, Wellington Village’s Thyme & Again gets a big shoutout from Hugh:

“This amazing company is community-focused. You can find Thyme & Again involved with the food bank, at a gala event at GCTC, or any number of events around the city. They are my favourite place for a coffee and a delicious snack or meal. Their catering is stellar and you may just find that little gift for someone that you have been looking for.”

The Wood on Wellington
1237 Wellington Street West

With playoff hockey in full swing, you may find Hugh cheering from The Wood in Wellington Village:

“What a great bar to sneak away to and catch a game… of anything. There is always a sport on the screen to satisfy any sportsfan, and a happy face to serve you a drink or some food.”

Yards Unlimited
77 Holland Avenue

Hugh knows there’s no time like the present to get your yard tip top for summer:

“Many of the beautiful yards and gardens and landscaping you see around the city are done by the fantastic team at Yards Unlimited. I have seen them transform many a Wellington Village yard into a wonderful neighbourhood centrepiece. Their team is so attentive and hardworking.”

The Royal Oak Pub
1217 Wellington Street West

If you stop in at The Royal Oak, make sure to say “hey” from Hugh:

“The staff here are friendly and kind and have always treated me very well. I am always met with a nice greeting at the door. The patio in the summer is one of the best in Hintonburg, and the menu has something for everyone.

West Park Bowling
1205 Wellington Street West

Hugh is a big fan of this neighbourhood treasure of five-pin pleasure:

“This is one of Hintonburg’s best kept secrets and once you find it you will return again and again. Fun for everyone.”

Check out GCTC’s upcoming shows here!

#WELLIWANDER CONTEST ALERT! Every Friday, we share a #WelliWander contest post on Instagram where you can comment your favourite Hintonburg and Wellington Village stop and be entered into a draw to win a $50 gift card from that business!