Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms.
About: Josephine is trained as a vegan baker, specializing in vegan and gluten free goodies. She’s been doing this for about four-five years and as I met up with her, she was looking for retail spaces to open up a shop in Hintonburg. Paul is between-jobs. He’s a florist by trade.
Complaint: Josephine doesn’t like the fact that everything closes at 6 p.m. here. It would be nice if there were shows or different events at night to bring people out. As it stands, it’s just pubs. Paul says that he has not so much a complaint as an observation: he’s very suspicious of all the condos going up. He’s worried about how well, at the level of architecture, they will be integrated into the neighborhood which is already quite nice.
Compliment: Josephine really likes how many small businesses are here. There are so many different shops you can just pop into and check out. Everyone working is so sweet and they’re just happy you’re looking around. Paul likes St. Vincent de Paul and The Record Centre.
Recommendation: Go for a hundred coffees at Bridgehead, says Josephine. But also go to karaoke nights at The Elmdale because that’s her favorite thing to do. Paul recommends Hintonburger for lunch and then hitting up The Record Centre–a great way to spend the afternoon.