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Behind the scenes: Curating fashion with Victoire and Birds of North America

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Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!Birds of North America - Spring 2014 Collection sneak peek!

Ever wondered how clothing gets selected in your local shops? How store owners manage to pick those really great pieces from collections of lovely designs? This week, you get a chance to find out, with Victoire Boutique hosting a Collection Launch down at their West Wellington location. For three days, they’ll have the entire Spring 2014 collection from Canadian designer Birds of North America on display. Stop by to peruse the collection, and take the chance to buy like the shop owners do for their stores: with all colours and styles... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Say ‘yes to the dress’ at The Handmade Bride

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Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.

Every woman knows that they are supposed to have “the feeling” when they find their dress. That Say Yes to the Dress heart dropping moment. The Handmade Bride seems to have that feeling flowing from their walls because the moment you step inside you just can’t stop smiling. This indie New Edinburgh wedding shop is on a mission to inspire you to customize your wedding. From corner to corner, the boutique is like no other wedding spot; boasting eclectic bright bow ties, highlighter crinoline skirts and bold graphic stationary squeezed... | Continue reading article

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Purple Urchin pops up at Flock: Support local, the earth and good hygiene

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Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.

When you walk into Purple Urchin at 884 Somerset West in Chinatown you’re immediately surrounded by the delicious scent of flavourful hand-made, natural soaps and bath products. These days, you may have seen (and smelled) these products in virtually every corner of the city and this week will add another, as Flock Boutique at 1275 Wellington West will carry Purple Urchin’s products in an in-store pop-up apothecary. As part of Support Local month, you can join Flock and Purple Urchin this Thursday, November 7 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Twiss & Weber

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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 and Weber met in 2009 after Laura Twiss admired Tonia Weber’s homemade sweater.  They have their own line of clothing, which they design collaboratively, and they now also have a boutique where they sell their... | Continue reading article

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West side business comings and goings

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Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.

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, they will benefit from a full basement where they can do work and store bikes. Since Alteriors moved to Old Ottawa South, I had heard many rumblings about a Starbucks moving into the space. A couple... | Continue reading article

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Best indie video rental stores in town

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Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.

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.  These aren’t the chain stores of renting nightmares past: each of these is a fixture of the community, held down by people who know what they’re doing and who do it well. 1. Glebe Video... | Continue reading article

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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.

Consider this a bit of payback for our t-shirt contest from last year. Nick Charney and Chris Pointer have come together to create Bureaucratees - a set of satirical t-shirts aimed at the city’s public servants. They’ve combined some of the sayings, puns and funny realities of government employment and some creative design treatments to create a fun set of t-shirts. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to make fun of yourself and own your stereotypes, we figured what better way to do that than wear it proudly on your... | Continue reading article

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H&M is coming to Ottawa! Fashionistas rejoice, but why the wait?

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Photo courtesy of tnarik on flickrPhoto courtesy of tnarik on flickr

Great news for lovers of fast-fashion! Yesterday, H&M released a statement declaring they are to open their first store in Ottawa in the fall of 2013 at Bayshore Shopping Centre. H&M is known for their affordable prices while still offering the latest trends and basics at a fraction of a cost of department store prices, all the while gaining international recognition for collaborating with higher end, ready-to-wear designers such as Versace, Marni, and Maison Martin Margiela. When asked why H&M decided to come to Ottawa, Public Relations Manager for H&M... | Continue reading article

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Amanda May Lingerie opens on Dalhousie

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Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.

Walking into Amanda May Lingerie is like being granted entrance into a sophisticated lady’s Parisian closet. Situated on trendy Dalhousie Street, the 600 square foot space is nothing but head to toe elegance. With soft lighting, delicate lace garments and antique accessories throughout the room, Amanda May puts the sophistication back into lingerie shopping, and will likely leave you stunned at the thought of buying a 3-pack of cotton undies ever again. Inspired by the empowered, confident women of Ottawa and abroad, store owner Amanda May Beaubien says that while... | Continue reading article

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