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MAN CAVE


By BRIAN WARREN It’s 10 after 5 on a Thursday afternoon


in Spencerville. It starts as the low moan of a siren, then


slowly builds volume and tempo until the sound engulfs this quaint little town south of Ottawa between Kemptville and the 401. It’s happy hour at Brad Hubbard’s.


• When we introduced the man cave


column in our first issue of Bounder, we received lots of emails recommending a particular location that we should consider for the next issue. I was at a pig roast this past summer


and was told by more than a handful of people that the proud owner of a man cave was there in our midst and that I should meet him. Turned out that his name is Brad


Photos by BRUCE LORIMER


Hubbard, and he owns a restoration and construction company in Spencerville. A lot of old heritage homes in the area were restored by Brad, and, after looking at the before-and-after pics, I could see he’s good at it.


Photos by WAYNE ELLWOOD 50 BOUNDER MAGAZINE Brad told me about his custom bar in


the loft of his business location. Then and there we set up a tour for later in the month


(he promised there would be beer). So, later in the month we headed out


to Spencerville. The old truck parked outside was the first thing I saw when we pulled into the parking lot. I also noticed that the outside of his business had been professionally restored. I could hardly wait to get inside. The main floor is full of antique and


reproduction furniture. Part of Brad’s business is also restoring and selling furniture. It’s furniture that clients want as part of the decor to compliment their heritage homes. The back of the store is a massive workshop, with tools -- lots of tools.


We wandered up to the loft. Brad’s


office is also in the loft, where there’s another smattering of period furniture. As Brad walked by the bar, he flipped a


red switch. It started with a low moan... What a bar! The bartop is only a third


of the original. It was custom-built for a big restaurant/bar in the Muskokas that went under before it was even opened. (I asked where the rest of it was. Apparently it is in storage and for sale.) Best of all, as promised, there was beer


in the bar. www.bounder.ca


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