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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Antique Skateboard finds a home in Centretown

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Just in time for the impending March break (and some pretty mild weather according to CBC’s Ian Black) Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skateboards, is opening a retail shop in Centretown. Antique has a history of leading some cool projects, including the “While you were on Facebook” video series (embedded above), where Aaron created a community-drive skateboard video that celebrated the sport in Ottawa. He’s hoping to think a bit differently about the business, building something that reflects the community that Antique has developed. “I want to get people motivated... | Continue reading article

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Wunderkammer: Ottawa’s new curiosity shop

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Walking into Wunderkammer is like entering an apartment whose owner had recently splurged at an antique store owned by Rilo Kiley. Situated on the trendy intersection of Dalhousie and St Patrick, Wunderkammer’s bright and eclectic décor of antlers, vintage furniture, and nature-inspired artwork is a definite indication of the quirky contents of the store. Co-owners and partners Nathan Dubo and Tamara Steinborn opened the jewelry and gift store in late October 2011 and it has quickly become an Ottawa favorite. While Wunderkammer’s popularity in Ottawa has grown rapidly, its creation began... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Today’s the day to remember that age-old saying about March, lions and lambs, Ottawa – keep that bright hope for snow-free days going. But don’t worry: there’s a lot going on to lift your spirits this weekend, from some suburban comedy to silkscreening to learning how to write love poems. Mavericks is hosting a night of local and American punk tonight, with Pianos Become the Teeth, Constraints, Sparrows and more. On the other end of the spectrum, the Owl Eyes Project and Dynamite Motel will be at the Elmdale, and it’s... | Continue reading article

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Prints & Inks Silkscreening Show

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Calling all silkscreen ♥-ers! Ottawa’s favourite DIY craft and DJ duo, Spins & Needles, is putting together an art exhibition at Fall Down Gallery, opening this Friday, March 2. Prints & Inks will house all types of graphic works – from clothing, to posters, to prints – and Jason Skilz will be on hand to provide beats. Bring a blank t-shirt or tote bag and you can try the process out for yourself at a mini silkscreening station (pre-made screens are being provided). Two years in the making, Prints & Inks is a... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2012 bodes well for the city’s fashionistas

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Photo courtesy of Stephanie Naday.Photo courtesy of Stephanie Naday.

Post by Stephanie Naday Seeking a bit of aesthetic inspiration? Feeling a little stylistically uninspired in Ottawa? This past weekend saw the seventh edition of Ottawa Fashion Week which delivered fall/winter 2012 collections fit to satisfy any fashion enthusiast’s cravings. Held at the Westin Hotel downtown, the weekend featured a diverse group of designers hailing from across Canada. Apartment613 was at the event on Friday night, and was thoroughly impressed with the collections being shown. The night started off with Elena’s Creations, a local designer who has run her own... | Continue reading article

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OFW invites you to discover the fashions of the season – Win tickets to the 3-day event!

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Ottawa Fashion Week is almost upon us. The event is building on the success of the fall edition, its biggest yet. Spring fashion weeks are generally smaller in nature than their fall/winter counterparts, but I’m really excited to see the 17  designers showing at the Westin Hotel’s Governor General Ballroom. Designers like frAsh jewelry, DeMoyo, Montreal’s !Nu.I,  Jana Hanzel & Emilia Torabi and Rachel Sin return. Expect to find lots of elegant, ready to wear fashions from Amanda Emmanuel and Turbine with edgier streetwear from folks like Y!D.N.A COLLECTION. Folks... | Continue reading article

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Wed By Hand: Put a (locally designed & created) ring on it

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Those big wedding shows always promise the perfect, unique day. But can those vendors really know what unique twists and turns you’ll want to bring to your special day? What if you want handmade chocolates? Or a truly one-of-a-kind ring? And how can you reduce the stress of planning it all? This is where Wed By Hand comes in – Ottawa’s wedding show that’s like no other. Sure, they have some of the usual trappings of weddings shows, but with a twist: it’s vegan cake you’ll be sampling, local flowers... | Continue reading article

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Winter Bike Parade: the extreme commuter goes mainstream

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Ottawa may have fallen into winter weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your beloved bike fall to disuse. Ottawa winter cyclists are out there, proving that navigating Ottawa in the cold can still be done with the right gear and attitude. If you’re a winter biking enthusiast or just looking for a chance to get out and try biking on winter roads, then the CfSC is hosting an event for you. To promote winter cycling, Citizens for Safe Cycling is hosting the first ever Ottawa Winter Bike... | Continue reading article

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Public Service Announcement: Ride to Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie made easier by Ripple Adventure and Kundstadt Sports

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Ripple Adventure and Kunstadt Sports have partnered to offer the skiers and snowboarders of Ottawa a snow bus to make it an easier trip to the slopes. Each Saturday and select Thursday nights, a bus filled with local snowbunnies will take to the road to enjoy time slope-side at Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie. As this is year one of the project, they plan to fill one bus every Saturday (8am) and select Thursday nights (6pm) taking skiers and riders to Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie on alternating... | Continue reading article

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