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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Logging on from City Hall: New chat session improves access to the mayor

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On March 8 at 12:30pm anyone with access to the internet had the opportunity to ask Mayor Jim Watson any question they felt needed an answer. You could do so either by going to Jim Watson’s website or by using the hashtag #AskJim via Twitter. This is part of an ongoing monthly initiative dubbed Monthly Chat With The Mayor. For an hour during lunchtime, you can shoot the bull with Jimmy boy and take the bull by the horns on certain issues. This gives you the choice to either spend your lunchtime asking questions to the... | Continue reading article

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Wake up (with) little Suzy: SuzyQ Doughnuts

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The widespread distribution of Timmy Ho’s is probably a pretty good indication of how much us Canucks like doughnuts. However, if you’ve got an avó, grand-mère, or oma you’d probably prefer one of their malasadas, beignets or berliners to a honey cruller. Don’t have a grandma who makes homemade doughnuts? Not to worry. Head to Hintonburg and Sue Harmer will be happy to provide you with some. Sue is the “Suzy” of SuzyQ Doughnuts. Her background is in fine arts, but the mom of 3 found it hard to find... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Comiccon, Ottawa’s Top Chef contenders, Salvation Army strike and more!

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This won’t be news to the over 1,000 Facebook fans this event has already garnered, but for everyone else: Ottawa’s getting its very own ComicCon. Get ready to geek out May 12-13, 2012 at the CE Centre with DC Comics Marco Rudy, legendary comic artist Neal Adams, the Capital City Garrison – 501st Legion and many, many more. OH! And I recently learned Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be there himself! In the last three years since Apt613 inception, we’ve been seeing Ottawa’s foodie scene growing by leaps and bounds. Another... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Apartment613 Live March 8 Full show FINAL by saxby This week on Apartment613 Live, Ryan Saxby-Hill and Trevor Pritchard reunite to co-host the show and celebrate International Women’s Day. Ryan and Trevor show their appreciation for the women in their lives and celebrate by bringing in some fantastic women to talk about everything from beer to music and local trivia. Do you love beer enough to put it in your salad? Turns out it’s possible and delicious. Ryan chats with Caroline Isshi from Zen Kitchen to talk about their upcoming... | Continue reading article

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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

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Dundonald Park is a Centretown favourite, a historically significant and charmingly urban bit of  green space in a neighbourhood that is lacking in other public areas. With a children’s park, chess tables and space to play sports or walk dogs, the park has a lot to offer, although there is certainly room for improvement. Luckily, Dundonald was recently selected as one of eight parks across the province to take part in a planning and design program by 8-80 Cities, an organization that aims to make cities people-friendly for anyone ages 8... | Continue reading article

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Antique Skateboard finds a home in Centretown

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Just in time for the impending March break (and some pretty mild weather according to CBC’s Ian Black) Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skateboards, is opening a retail shop in Centretown. Antique has a history of leading some cool projects, including the “While you were on Facebook” video series (embedded above), where Aaron created a community-drive skateboard video that celebrated the sport in Ottawa. He’s hoping to think a bit differently about the business, building something that reflects the community that Antique has developed. “I want to get people motivated... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Today marks International Women’s Day – and our city has got a plethora of celebratory events for you to attend. There’s dance, a fancy dinner, special music surprises, monologues, and even an event for those of you who say “I’m a feminist, but…” Musically, you’re going to have to make some tough choices this weekend. Zaphod’s 20th anniversary celebrations continue, with DJs, The Polytones, Sound of Lions, and a bit of burlesque stopping by over the next few days. Tonight, indie rockers Plants and Animals take to Ritual, while John... | Continue reading article

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Omar Killed Me Diverciné Film Festival

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As you walk on Rideau Street bracing the cold wind, you admire the bright lights of the Bytowne Cinema which remind you of all the good memories forged inside. Strolling inside the cinema as the flock of cinéphiles exit from the previous movie, you find a cozy chair after removing your winter coat and accessories. You sink into your seat and start nibbling on some popcorn or soft candy, eagerly waiting for the red curtain to rise. After a brief speech by Erika Denis, the audiovisual attaché at the French... | Continue reading article

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