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A wedding event for the modern bride-to-be at Victoire

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Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.

As a bride-to-be myself I can attest that wedding planning can be a real downer sometimes. From the overwhelming array of options, to the astronomical price tags, to parental expectations, being the event planner for your big day is stressful. If you’re in the same boat as me, head over to A Modern Wedding Event, taking place on March 5th at Victoire Boutique on Wellington. Bridal shows are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for your wedding. Samples of products are standard fare for these events which are... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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High Tide Bow Ties taking one challenge at a time

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All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.

So there I am shopping in Fabrications, a must-visit fabric shop on Wellington Street West, when I overhear a conversation. A fellow who I’d noticed scouring the shelves and pulling out fabric bolts is now talking with the owner. Apparently he has a business here in Ottawa with his buddy selling bow ties through their online store. They call themselves High Tide Bow Ties. “You should reach out to Apartment613” suggests the owner of Fabrications. At which point I say hello, and, “Cloth bow ties? I’d love to write a... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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4 board game cafes & shops to help beat the winter blahs

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Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

With the holidays fast-approaching, and as exams and work slowly wind down, it’s easy to drift into winter hibernation.  A warm cup of hot chocolate and a Home Alone marathon are hard to resist this time of the year. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this holiday season, and are willing to venture outside of the warm and cozy confines of your home, why not check out one of Ottawa’s up-and-coming board game cafes & shops. Quite possibly the ideal winter activity, board games allows you stay in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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3 tea houses to warm your soul this winter

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Photo from the Cha Yi website.Photo from the Cha Yi website.

Next to water, it’s the drink that is most consumed from coaster to coaster, all around the world – tea. Black, green, white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh and herbal varieties offer a slew of health benefits and a welcomed change to the regular double-double coffee run. As the winter months quickly begin to steep into our bones, cozy up with an old friend or a good book over a pot of loose leaf at some of the city’s warmest tea houses. 1. World of Tea Specialty: Rare and aged terroir artisan... | Continue reading article

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Support Local – Stittsville edition

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Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.

Post by Glen Gower, Owner & Editor of Ottawa Start. On December 6, over 20 shops, restaurants and services in Stittsville are teaming up to promote “Support Local Stittsville”.  It’s a day to encourage residents from inside and outside of the village to discover the range of unique local businesses in the area. Each of the participating businesses are pooling resources to cross-promote each other’s services on Saturday.  Many are also offering special deals and discounts. Stittsville’s right in the middle of a big change.  For decades it was a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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