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

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Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

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 your Saturday night. It’s a perfect excuse to get out from under your warm blankets, off of the couch and out of those cozy pajamas. Don’t be shy to come decked out in something sexy... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

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All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.

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, Darren ventures into some more complex dishes very week which are the Bistro’s specials. They also offer soups, salads and some baked goods for take out or catering. The Bistro is only 125 sq.ft and... | Continue reading article

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

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

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 with dog coat designers Chilly Dogs, we have been able to help Shepherds.” This donation is the latest charitable activity of the business. “We’ve raised over $8,000 with our recent events, and hope to double... | Continue reading article

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Black Squirrel Books celebrates Bookmas

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

Amidst yummy treats, friendly chatter, and the smell of freshly ground coffee,  the first annual Bookmas was held this past Saturday (December 19th) at Black Squirrel Books & Cafe. More than 110 bookworms participated in the community Secret Santa event that organizers Vaughan MacDonald and Alexandra Ekstrom referred to as “literature and giverature” – books and giving. Participants had been supplied with the first name and reading preferences of the person they were buying for. They then had to head into Black Squirrel, purchase a gift book, take it home, wrap it,... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: Chantal Sarkisian on Mode XLusive’s success

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Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.

Local fashion stylist, body positive advocate, mother, and all-round cool girl, Chantal Sarkisian, is no novice in the blogging world. Throughout the past five years she has used blogging as an outlet to share her interests and inspire others. Her journey so far has found her exploring a number of avenues, from reporting on Ottawa culture to chronicling her maternity leave experience, determined by her hobbies and life at the time. Currently, Sarkisian is the founder of the popular blog, Mode XLusive, Ottawa’s voice on plus-size fashion and style. You... | Continue reading article

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Indie toy store roundup: Shopping outside the (big) box

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With Christmas just around the corner, a trip or two to a toy store is likely in your future. In the National Capital Region, we’re fortunate to have a number of independent toy stores that deserve some serious shopping consideration. Advantages of shopping outside the big-box stores include: attentive service, unique offerings to cater to all of your gift giving whims, plus the satisfaction of supporting local businesses. Here’s a list of some of my favorite independent toy stores in the Ottawa area. You can also download & print our... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Molly

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Photos: Sanita FejzicPhotos: Sanita Fejzic

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Molly About: Molly is the second owner of the Village Quire. She lives, works and plays in Westboro. Her daily routine consists of taking her kids to school, biking down to her favourite coffee shop and chatting with other locals before opening her store; it reminds her of the small town she... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s vinyl revival: Q&A with Turning Point’s Dan Gamble

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Post by CKCU-FM volunteer Matija Stojanovic. 30 years ago, vinyl began to fade away as it was replaced with cassettes. 20 years ago those cassettes went out of style in favor of CDs, which only a decade ago began to be replaced by digital media. And now in 2015, we’ve come full circle as vinyl has made a resurgence. But what caused this sudden surge in popularity? It may seem odd for our digital generation to adopt such a classic analog medium, but today’s teenagers are overwhelmingly choosing records over... | Continue reading article

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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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#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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