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Day-trip: Discover hidden gems in Cornwall

I used to think I had to travel far to find exciting things to see and do, but I’ve realized there is a lot right here in my own backyard. Road trips are fun, but so are day trips, and there are so many great day trips to do around Ottawa. For the first edition […]

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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 […]

Photos by Devora Cascante.

Floatation therapy comes to Bank St + giveaway

I’ve been involved with Apt613 for about three years now, but you wouldn’t easily recognize my name unless you send us requests to cover your event or review your latest play, EP, book or whatever. I’m usually hunched over a laptop at my kitchen table answering emails and matching up our *amazing* contributors with assignments […]

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 […]

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Either/Or: No need to choose between ethics and beautiful clothing

Alison Larabie Chase is a freelance writer and editor, an avid cook and baker, a shower singer, a cat wrangler, a world traveller, and an Ottawa native. Malorie Bertrand wants to help women buy clothes – but not too many. Oh, and they’ll all be ethically and sustainably made by Canadian designers. That’s the mission […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to […]

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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, […]

All photos by Kelly Hotte.

Masters ‘n Dogs gives back to the community (human and canine)

On a crisp, bright January morning, Lucie Meloche is not in her Westboro pet shop. The owner of Masters ’N Dogs instead is trundling along Murray Street, arms full. Her destination is Shepherds of Good Hope, and her bounty is handmade fleece blankets. “It’s so satisfying to give back. I’m so thankful that in partnership […]

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