Skip To Content

Crafts / DIY

Photo from the ambiSHEous Facebook page.

Girl power reimagined in the age of the solo-preneur

Girls aged 12-14 living in Ottawa have a new option when choosing extracurriculars and summer camps, that may just give them the edge when deciding on a career path. Amidst the sports camps, art and drama offerings, they can now choose to discover the entrepreneur within. Ambi-SHE-ous is an organization hoping to raise girls’ expectations […]

Photo by Celeste Lindell on flickr, used under Creative Commons license.

Creating space for Ottawa artists to put themselves on the map

A one-day conference, happening in November, will bring together local artists from across different disciplines, giving them a chance to network and to find ways to build their careers without compromising their vision. Since 2013, Artpreneur has been dedicated to helping artists succeed in their careers and build skills that will help them navigative the […]

All photos courtesy of Francis Bueckert.

Bike-powered coffee for a good cause

When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 10.00.27 AM

Join us for #Grow613 Day

The region we live in is incredible for food—we can find local vegetables, eggs, fruit, honey, grains, microgreens and so much more practically in our backyards. The local farmers and growers that provide Ottawa with all of this fresh, local produce is a very long list. When you add in the food makers—those chefs and […]

Photo by Adam Wilson on flickr, used under Creative Commons license

Gargantua Printing: Wear your politics on your sleeve

At Apt613, we love profiling the scrappy upstarts of Ottawa, people working on their dream projects, sharing an idiosyncratic vision, and reflecting the wide range of interests, backgrounds, and talents present in this city. Gargantua Printing, a new, Ottawa-based one-person print shop, caught my eye because of their cute yet outspoken designs and their commitment […]

Three of the entries into Ravenswing's design contest.  See the rest at their Facebook page.

Ravenswing celebrates its 10th year with a launch party

It has been ten years since Ravenswing, an annual fair of local artisans, live music and free skill-sharing workshops, first took flight and, in celebration of bringing arts, culture, and community to Centretown for a decade and counting, they are throwing a launch party to mark the occasion. The launch party will be an opportunity for […]

Photo courtesy of City of Ottawa

City steps into fashion with new March Break camp

I’m extremely envious of the children and youth of today. What my younger self wouldn’t do for the playful apps I now hold so dearly, the insanely cool toys available, or the beautiful children’s books that line the shelves at Chapters. (Full disclosure: I wouldn’t be too overjoyed with the new apple slices option for […]

Azura Fennell of The Kneaded Kitchen, at Cauldron Kitchen.

Foodie Friday: Shared commercial kitchen finally opens its doors

It took nearly two years but the Cauldron Kitchen is finally open for business. Ottawa’s first, ultra-flexible, totally shared commercial kitchen, targeted at Ottawa’s budding small-time foodie businesses in need of a place to prepare their goodies without violating health and safety laws, opened its doors last month. “What we discovered is that building a kitchen from […]

All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Foodie Friday: Valentine’s recipes from Cake & Shake

Are the ubiquitous pastel coloured conversation hearts just 2 cute 4 u? Whether you’re looking to escape the sea of red and pink, or for something a little less cliché this Valentine’s Day, Holland’s Cake and Shake has the perfect treats. Owner of the Hintonburg dessert shop and Pastry Overlord, Michael Holland, says he didn’t […]


Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Ottawa is a very crafty place and only seems to be getting more so the longer I live here. […]