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Aziz and Co celebrate 50 years

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From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.

While stumbling and bumbling around, a drunk man tripped into a small store, which had just opened on the corner of Bank and Gilmour streets. He wandered through, gazing at its vibrantly coloured collection of bed spreads, dresses and textiles, unsure of where his drunken adventure had led him. It was different from the other stores he meandered by on the street. The aroma of the burning incense enticed him to wobble down to the back end of the shop. Intoxicated by the smell, he grumbled, grabbed a pack of... | Continue reading article

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Spa-tacular success for the Upkeep Shoppe

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All photos courtesy of The Upkeep Shoppe.All photos courtesy of The Upkeep Shoppe.

Preston Street nail and beauty salon goes retrospective as it celebrates its two-year anniversary. Starting a small business is probably one of the hardest things an entrepreneur can do. Businesses come and they go, but in some cases, they manage to stay, thrive and expand. Based on its success, it’s clear that Natalie Esau, owner of The Upkeep Shoppe, an inviting, walk-in lounge-type nail salon and spa, was exactly what Ottawa needed. The modern spa, located at 358 Preston Street, between Aberdeen St. and Young St., has experienced great success... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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Goods: Making a house a home

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Photo of the Melting Plastic 'Nope' pennant by Elliot Strikefoot and Alli Asudeh.Photo of the Melting Plastic 'Nope' pennant by Elliot Strikefoot and Alli Asudeh.

If you’ve stopped by the West Wellington location of Victoire in the past few months, you may have noticed a special section lining the back wall. Filled with preserves, wool blankets, quaint dishes and art, these shelves make up Goods, the store-within-a-store. Jessica Wilson, owner and curator of Goods, launched this project in the fall of 2013 and it has been growing steadily since. Featuring lots of locally and Canadian made items, you’ll also find treasures from around the world that Jessica has stumbled upon in her many hours spent curating... | Continue reading article

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Meet Waffle Kisses, Ottawa’s newest quilting studio

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Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.

What do you get when you cross an artist with a sewing machine? Quilting madness, that’s what. Meet Laura Piggott of Waffle Kisses, President and founder of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. While she’s been slowly but surely building a name for herself for the past few years, she needs your help. By the end of June, Laura will be opening a multi-functional studio near Fallowfield and Huntley Road in Stittsville and offering lessons in sewing, quilting, visual arts (painting and drawing) as well as handcrafting (such as embroideries). So... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

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All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.All images from The WORN Archive (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder and editor of WORN to discuss their role in Canada’s fashion industry and what values they bring to their writing. How do you think Worn has influenced the Canadian Fashion Industry? How have you seen... | Continue reading article

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Fresh faces and fresh looks at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Hat from Vintage Things, jewelry from Sassy Sisters Jewelry, boots from Ian Drummond Collection. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The time has come for another year’s renewal. Ottawa Vintage-goers kicked it off with high style at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show this past Sunday April 13th. Personally I’ve always had a love for vintage since way back in my high school Annie Hall days with wide leg tweed pants, checkered skirts and ties. I always identified with days gone by, a previous era and shrugged off the rock t-shirts and hoodies of my peers, not that there’s anything wrong with that. Sunday I got to relive the thrill of... | Continue reading article

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Behind the seams at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The old-timey fair came to town this past Sunday April 13th in the form of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. However instead of farmers and craftspeople lining up their wooden stalls side by side, open booths were set up in laneways like those I liken to the one behind my grandmother’s garden in Thunder Bay, where I used to play dressup in my aunts’ old clothes. All that was missing were the little white fences with rose and raspberry bushes peeking through them to complete the picture. This spring edition... | Continue reading article

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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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