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Best independent, non-used bookstores in town

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Post by Megan Taylor Since we here Apartment613 (and our vocal readership!) have already paid tribute to Ottawa’s best used bookstores, perhaps it’s time to cast an eye at their competition and acknowledge the best not-used-but-still-independent bookstores in the capital. If you don’t want to give your money to a megachain like Chapters, but still crave the smooth matte feel of a pristine trade paperback, the satisfaction of cracking open an unbroken hardcover spine, or even just a heady whiff of that new book smell, check out these alternatives: Collected... | Continue reading article

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I was framed! Best eyewear stores in town

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Post by Kim Bosch Squinting to see spring, but still too creeped out to have your cornea lasered? Ottawa has a few great independent eyeglass stores to frame up your peepers in style. For the practical-minded, there’s Pflug Optical (1580 Merivale), an Ottawa staple for over 30 years. They offer classic shapes with small quirks (e.g. standard rectangle frame in vibrant green). Pflug is a great place for those having trouble picking out frames on their own. Excellent customer service and honest opinions are abundant at this shop. If Elton... | Continue reading article

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Let’s get (oddly) physical! Best ways to stay in shape in strange and wonderful ways

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Post by Sabrina Bowman I’m not really a team player. Oh sure, I work well enough with others, but when it comes to team sports, I’m inept and get sulky when I can’t play well (which is pretty much always). But like many of you out there, I like to stay in shape. While Ottawa has lots of conventional fitness options such as going to the gym, running, and pumping iron, I’ve come to realize that our fine city offers many more, uh, alternative fitness options. Below are some options... | Continue reading article

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Slippin’ and slidin’: The best toboggan hills around Ottawa

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With a weekend forecast calling for snow, snow, and more snow, what better way to spend your time than by digging out the old krazy karpet, trudging up the nearest tobogganing hill, and letting gravity do the rest? Here’s a handy guide to some of the most popular Ottawa-area hills that are guaranteed to bring out that inner daredevil. Trust me: whether it’s hot chocolate or carefully-hidden whisky you’re toting up the hill with you, you’ll need some courage to tackle these sledding hot spots. Carlington Park Ski Hill –... | Continue reading article

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Best Hot Chocolate in Town: Twitter Poll Edition

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As Ottawa receives its first snow of the season, our thoughts here at Apartment613 are turning from cold beer and patios to hot chocolate and fireplaces. A group of brave volunteers expect to give everyone’s favourite winter drink the full double blind taste test treatment some point soon at the Apartment613 Science laboratories. However, we first needed to know which of the hundreds of national capital coffee shops, cafes and chocolatiers were deserving of inclusion in our scientific experiment. That’s where Twitter comes in. We asked the Ottawa twittosphere where... | Continue reading article

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We did it ouuuur waaaaay! Ottawa Karaoke Tour 2010

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The epic 2010 Karaoke tour was produced by Andrea Grant. Video production by Andrea and Tyler, with participation by Ashley, Holly, Whitney, Peter, Paul R., Paul K., Julie, Ramsey, Amanda, Georgia, Gloria, Joanna, Steve, Tyler B., Tyler C., Kari, Doug and Claus. In Japan and other Asian countries, karaoke is a way to bond with co-workers and get to know potential business partners. In Ottawa, karaoke culture remains in its infancy, and few are aware of the true virtues of a rowdy karaoke lounge or a sweaty KTV room. Shall... | Continue reading article

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Planning a hoedown or hootenanny? Best rental halls in town

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Post by Kaitlin Wainwright If you are of a certain age, chances are your summer weekends were, at least in part, spent at weddings and wedding receptions. In the last three summers, I’ve attended no fewer than ten weddings in Ottawa, including my own. But this isn’t entirely about weddings. It’s also about birthday celebrations, graduation parties, fundraisers, company retreats, family picnics, and any other excuse you can think of to round up the troops to have a good time in the last days of this summer or if you’re... | Continue reading article

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The Lord of the Wings decrees: The five best chicken wings in Ottawa

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Post and photos by Jeff B., aka the Lord of the Wings – until recently an Ottawa-based food blogger specializing in the favorite food of sports pub patrons world wide. Check out his blog for news, recipes and reviews from Ottawa and beyond. Apartment613 wishes LOTW the best of luck in his new city and job. I was very honoured when Apt613 asked me to sum up my top five places in Ottawa for Chicken Wings. It came right before a big opportunity, which I’m sad to say will have... | Continue reading article

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For fishes with bicycles: Ottawa’s best bike-accessible swimming holes

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Guest post by Andrea Grant – who certainly doesn’t let her gills and fins get in the way of cycling around the capital all summer long. It’s hot out – we know. You’re uncomfortable and sweaty – we can tell. You’re stuck in the city with only a bike and some bus tickets, and your only post-work saviour is a cold shower, a Slurpee, and the air-conditioned comfort of your grocery store. Right, Ottawa? No way. Here at Apartment613, we’re surprised by how many of you car-free folks are still... | Continue reading article

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Best gelato in Ottawa: the Twitter poll edition!

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Sun, heat, and a long weekend add up to one thing: gelato (they also add up to patios, but math was never my strong point). Gelato is ice cream’s Italian cousin: sexier, more sophisticated, and – just to add insult to injury – less fattening. Since the May long weekend marks the perfect time to indulge in the ultimate summer treat, we’ve asked Ottawa’s Twitterati to let us know who they think makes the best gelato in town. The fact that I live one block from Truffle Treasures has apparently... | Continue reading article

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