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Holiday craft show roundup 2013

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows–so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff […]

Think global, gift local with SMAKK gift card service

Take an idea and run with it. That’s what Heidi Fuller and Bettina Vollmerhausen did when they created SMAKK. Heidi lived abroad for several years and every time she wanted to send a gift card home to Canada, be it for a birthday or a wedding, she ended up buying from big chain store. It […]

Flowers and Vintage: The Loveliest Shop

Photos by Rémi Thériault Flowers and Vintage is one of the loveliest shops in Ottawa. As the name suggests, it combines two of my favourite things: men’s and women’s vintage apparel and floral arrangements. The store opened last September at 502 Somerset at Lyon with a tasteful and wonderfully curated collection of items for sale. […]

Support Local showcase: Twiss & Weber

For Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber, the heart of Ottawa is the city’s small businesses. “Small business is your neighbourhood. It’s where your postal deliverer walks the beat, it’s where your dry cleaner gets his coffee, it’s where you walk and talk and engage,” says Twiss. And these two Ottawans’ small business is growing. Twiss […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire […]

Style File: Folk Fest Edition

All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer […]

Ottawa Fashion Week crosses the river to celebrate 5 years

The annual Ottawa Fashion Week is back for its fifth year this weekend (Sept. 13-15) showcasing the top Canadian designers and their runway pieces for Spring and Summer 2014. Having first come onto the scene as a platform for Fall/Winter 2009 collections, Ottawa Fashion Week has established itself as a regular venue for designers to […]

West side business comings and goings

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, […]

The 3rd Annual Ottawa Zine-Off!

What started out as a backyard get-together for friends has evolved into a public event where a hodge-podge of Ottawa’s arts communities can mix and mingle.  Described as a “self-enforced communal deadline” the third Ottawa Zine-Off! on September 11th is a great way to get some self-exposure, do some trading and make connections with fellow […]

The Good Food Market grows into a neighbourhood near you

A program designed to make it easier for Ottawa residents to access healthy, affordable foods has expanded into more neighbourhoods this summer.  The organizers of Good Food Markets purchase fruits, vegetables, and dried staple goods at wholesale prices and sell them to the community at or near cost. While Ottawa has numerous farmers’ markets, few […]

A slice of vegan

Post by Shewit Kalaty Ottawa is home to a thriving and successful online business that encourages a healthy lifestyle: Vegan Cuts, an online vegan business, curates the best vegan options – from food, fashion and accessories, health products and more – to its fast growing customer base. Jill and John, co-founders of this new and successful […]

613 Style File: Bluesfest Babes Edition

All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File!   Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit:  Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: […]

Best indie video rental stores in town

Remember when you were a kid and going out to rent a movie was an experience you treasured?  Well, it can be again if you know where to look.  Right here in Ottawa you can find a number of video stores that will bring back that nostalgic sense of movie-watching-as-an-event that you just can’t get with the click of a mouse.  […]