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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, […]

Masters ‘n Dogs gives back to the community (human and canine)

On a crisp, bright January morning, Lucie Meloche is not in her Westboro pet shop. The owner of Masters ’N Dogs instead is trundling along Murray Street, arms full. Her destination is Shepherds of Good Hope, and her bounty is handmade fleece blankets. “It’s so satisfying to give back. I’m so thankful that in partnership […]

Black Squirrel Books celebrates Bookmas

Amidst yummy treats, friendly chatter, and the smell of freshly ground coffee,  the first annual Bookmas was held this past Saturday (December 19th) at Black Squirrel Books & Cafe. More than 110 bookworms participated in the community Secret Santa event that organizers Vaughan MacDonald and Alexandra Ekstrom referred to as “literature and giverature” – books and giving. […]

Indie toy store roundup: Shopping outside the (big) box

With Christmas just around the corner, a trip or two to a toy store is likely in your future. In the National Capital Region, we’re fortunate to have a number of independent toy stores that deserve some serious shopping consideration. Advantages of shopping outside the big-box stores include: attentive service, unique offerings to cater to […]

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Molly

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. Name: Molly About: Molly is the second owner of the Village Quire. She lives, works and plays in […]

EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their […]

Sobeys “Urban Fresh” on Metcalfe opens this week

Hartman’s officially gets some competition this week when the new Sobey’s grocery opens on Metcalfe. There’s an official opening and ribbon cutting at 7:45 tomorrow morning and the store opens to the public at 8am. As part of the opening Sobey’s will also be making a $2500 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. According to […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also […]

Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” […]

Health and Home: Four local products you can find in your ‘hood

Everyone has their weekly grocery store routine, and that’s exactly where I used to buy all of my health and home products, but then terra20 opened at the end of my street. Since their one purpose is to encourage a healthier, sustainable lifestyle, how could I not check it out? Ever since stepping in for the first […]