Ottawa Tourism designed a clever and fun plan to boost the economy for our hard-hit independent retail, hospitality, and restaurant sectors. We thought we’d come up with an experience to suggest for Apt613 readers.
Here’s how some of Ottawa’s escape room businesses have adapted to operate both during and after the pandemic.
From trading cards, figurines, board games and other pop culture merchandise, hobby shops are an ideal place for people to pick up new hobbies, show off their skills in official card game tournaments, or even help collectors expand their collections. Like many other businesses, the gaming ones had to make some changes to adapt to […]
Andy Akangah’s hip-hop and anime fashion creations are getting traction from big names all over the world, but what the artist hopes to do in the coming years is connect with his local community.
Over the past 16 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted many businesses, including those centred around gaming. In the first of three articles, we’ll look at how gaming lounges have adapted to the pandemic and are preparing to operate in a post-pandemic world.
In this monthly feature, Apt613 asks blog contributors and local figures about their takeout habits and highlights to help you find new tasty treats to discover or revisit. We want to hear about takeout you loved! Leave comments below and if you’d like to contribute to a future edition of Takeout Talk, email <email@example.com>. Highlights […]
Lemonade stands. DIY Halloween costumes. Haute couture. Sustainable art. Ottawa-local entrepreneur Karissa Besharah has done all of it. Apt613 met with Karissa to learn more about her creative drive, to shed light on the local fashion scene, and to see how art prints can be eco-friendly.
Alyssa Beltempo is your chic gal next door with a bubbly personality. She creates online content on slow fashion and mindful style from right here in Ottawa. After a career in finance, she transitioned to fashion and styling, where she noticed a disconnect between her clients’ satisfaction and the size of their wardrobe. She started […]
Almost one week after Ontario officially entered the third stage of its reopening plan, local flea market 613flea opened with more than 80 vendors to patrons on Saturday, July 24. The market was a boon for those yearning to scavenge hidden treasures, craving something handmade, or simply wanting to get out and support local merchants. […]
Duke Fine Foods is a new local European gourmet grocery store opening in Bells Corners later this summer 2021. Covering Eastern Europe, Germany, France, Italy, Lithuania, and more, the store will satisfy every craving and bring nostalgia to immigrant families.
The new initiative from Ottawa Markets aims to showcase local goods and produce at a new location on York Street.
With the pandemic looming over the city, Kate Purnett of City Love Flowers felt the need to engage in more community-oriented projects. On April 22, 2021, she is re-launching her urban flower boutique as a social enterprise.
As local events are now taking place online, progressive vendors have struggled with craft-show organizers rejecting or censoring their works for being considered too political. These vendors, as a result, have trouble finding their target audience as well as connecting with their community. Pride, Not Prejudice is here to fix this problem.
Andrea Mueller makes small, important jewelry. From her workbench, she creates engagement rings, redesigns heirloom gems, and fabricates earrings that brighten and bring meaning to their wearer’s daily lives. Mueller’s clients have given her a unique perspective into Ottawa’s changing relationship with gold and silver: she is frequently called upon to remake old or inherited […]
EcoEquitable has released a three layer tube mask that was designed for Ottawa winters. Called the SafeTube, the mask is the perfect combination of face mask and neck warmer.