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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.

Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 2

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New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Have you ever found yourself desperately prowling around Bayshore’s jam-packed parking lot on a Sunday afternoon looking for a parking spot amidst the on-going construction? Have you ever walked through Rideau Centre on a weeknight trying to guess what’s going on inside the former Sears store near Mackenzie King Bridge? It’s no mystery that both malls have been undergoing major renovations over the past few years. Bayshore Shopping Centre launched its $200 million Bayshore Reborn Redevelopment project  in the Spring of 2012. What began with the gutting of the former... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well and Ottawa Storytellers join forces

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

A good story can be a powerful thing. It can connect, it can inspire, and it can provide meaning to a community. But in the hands of a gifted teller, it can take on a kind of magical quality, rising above mere words on a page. It is a magic that Ottawa Storytellers has been creating for over 25 years. The organization promotes the art that is storytelling, and consists of over 70 experienced storytellers. This September, Ottawa Storytellers plans to bring their art to Hintonburg with Tellings at the... | Continue reading article

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The Drake has landed: New boutique delivers Ottawa-inspired merch that’s out-of-this-world

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Take Ottawa with you. Luggage tags available at Drake General Store. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Take Ottawa with you. Luggage tags available at Drake General Store. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Browsing through the new Drake General Store feels a bit like stumbling upon a small (but friendly) UFO that landed in Ottawa. Located at the Rideau Centre, the Drake offers a diverse selection of novelty items including some that are made in Canada and Ottawa-centric. This is particularly good news for shoppers who frequent the Byward Market area and are no strangers to the same tourist t-shirts and souvenirs we’ve seen for years.   Outside the Drake’s storefront on Rideau Street, curious pedestrians peer inside while waiting at the bus... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

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Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike Factory Store. The company behind this new project, North-Carolina based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, currently runs 45 outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. So you can expect a similar array of retailers in... | Continue reading article

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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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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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