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Best of 2014: Stone City Ales

The craft beer movement has exploded during the last decade and Kingston bars and restaurants have responded with great enthusiasm, featuring craft brews from near and far.  In the last couple of years, ygk has enjoyed the opening of places like The Alibi and The Brooklyn, who specialize specifically in

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Stone City Ales

Far too many local business owners have learned the hard way that the success of a new downtown establishment is never guaranteed, rather, it requires the right mix of quality ingredients, carefully crafted to meet the ever changing needs of thirsty patrons. In recent years, businesses have cashed in big

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

Back in 2009, I took a leisurely stroll down Princess Street, snapping pictures of downtown storefronts and assembling a digital time capsule of vacant as well as newly established businesses.  What resulted was a hugely popular three part series, which I eagerly revisited again in 2011.  As another two years

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A Taste of Summer

Our city’s air is thick with warmth and lakefront breezes, the Big Dig is almost finished, and Canada Day weekend is coming up. It’s time for long afternoons spent indulging in two of life’s greatest pleasures: Kingston patios and cold drinks. Here are my top five picks for summer cocktails—grab

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The State of… Lower Princess (Part 1 of 3)

Two years ago Kingstonist published a three part series that explored the ever-changing landscape of downtown storefronts, with a specific focus on new business and vacant commercial real estate.  Back in 2009, high taxes, the recession, aging infrastructure as well as competition from new big box outlets were being blamed

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