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EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

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All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.

For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their newest brand, Flagbarer. We caught up with Anouk Bertner to talk about EcoEquitable’s beginnings, this latest venture and her words of advice. The following interview has been edited for clarity: Apt 613: Tell me a... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: eCelery brings the world to your doorstep (and your plate)

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Sample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's TwitterSample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's Twitter

Ottawa is a city rich in cultural diversity. If you need proof, look no further than the end of your fork. You want Thai? We’ve got Thai. You want Greek? Done. German? Indian? Japanese? There’s no limit. There is however the tricky question of finding authentic cuisine. One of the best ways to introduce yourself to a new culture is through its food: and you’re not really achieving that with pepperoni pizza or chicken balls. The door swings both ways, too: restaurateurs wanting to introduce you to their unique cultural... | Continue reading article

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Gas Light Electric’s handmade marquee signs light up the city

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A custom sign by Gas Light Electric.  All photos by Meg Marshall.A custom sign by Gas Light Electric. All photos by Meg Marshall.

Marquee signs are making a comeback, and you don’t need to travel back in time to get your own. If you drive half an hour west of the city, you will reach Gas Light Electric, run by Scott Adamson. His work can be found all over town. The “C-O-F-F-E-E” sign at Equator Coffee, which I mentioned in my previous Apt613 article about the cafe, the “N-A-M-A-S-T-E” sign at Yogatown and the Union 11 sign are all examples of his bright and fun work. And the best thing about these pieces of art is that they... | Continue reading article

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#FoodieFriday: Coffee and curios at CC’s Corner in Richmond

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Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Cameron Kallos says that the two strangest things he has ever sold at CC’s Corner was a 1940′s portable electroshock therapy kit…and a 20 oz single decaf shot Americano. If this combination, coffee and curios, sounds strange to you, you’ll have to make your way out to Richmond to see just how well it works. Husband and wife duo Cameron and Savannah Kallos have created something fun and unique in rural Ottawa. CC’s Corner is a small antique store within a coffee shop, and while they tend to not carry... | Continue reading article

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Walking the line between popular and peculiar

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All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.

Joel Stairs is the proprietor of the newly established Antiquus Goods, an Ottawa-based antique shop. We talked about Antiquus’ beginnings, human bones and absolutely everything in between. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! My name is Joel. I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and I moved here when I was almost 2 years old. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned to love Ottawa. I love this city, I love old weird stuff and I love people. Apt613: What were your first steps in creating Antiquus Goods? It all sort of... | Continue reading article

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Fashion tips for Bluesfest: dress to impress, but bring comfy shoes

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Two of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie BeunTwo of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie Beun

It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds of inspiration, and sometimes chuckles, as I browse through Instagram and Facebook photos of various bloggers, celebrities and assorted hip people. This year, Bluesfest is upping its coolness factor and giving us all another reason... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

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A photo of the woodshopPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa City Woodshop

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Woodshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly fee and get access to the space and discounts on courses. They have intro classes starting in both July and August for the uninitiated to ease their way into the joys of woodworking. We caught... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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Island Park Distribution shows off their Ottawa swag

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Island Park Distribution's "Stirling" five-panel hat. Image from IPD's Facebook, by @finnsquareIsland Park Distribution's "Stirling" five-panel hat. Image from IPD's Facebook, by @finnsquare

Island Park Distribution is Ottawa’s newest initiative to support artists, while simultaneously throwing their hat in the ring for local fashion. This two part project looks at both the amazing talent of local Ottawa artists, and provides unique and stylish attire showcasing those artists. IPD was founded by Martin Conley-Wood and Richard Monette, who grew up several streets apart. Their partnership blossomed, and soon the idea to simultaneously help local artists and launch a clothing line was born. Island Park Distribution launched in March of this year to a flurry... | Continue reading article

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Velo Vogue is high-class fashion for the low-emission commuter

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Ironically, as I pulled into Saturday night’s Velo Vogue Fashion Show, a brilliant event pairing local style with great bikes, I accidentally stained my favorite caramel-coloured pants with a long, jagged line of bike grease. Some might call that a sign. Maybe bikes and fashion aren’t meant for each other. Cyclists are always finding new ways to mess up our outfits, after all. We sweat, we get splashed by Nissans racing through puddles, we even lean too close to our freshly greased bike chains while parking. Considering all this risk,... | Continue reading article

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