Have you ever been on the 95 bus and looked around only to realize that three other people were wearing the exact same coat as you? It may be time to turn to vintage and consignment stores to find some one of a kind treasures that won’t break the bank.
Vinyl evangelist John Westhaver continues to carry the torch.
The northernmost section of Bank Street has seen many changes to its roster of businesses so far this year. For the purpose of this article we’re specifically covering the section from Wellington to Gilmour, and its surroundings. First off, it is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to several establishments. Some of our dearly […]
When Francis Bueckert decided to study abroad and volunteer in Ecuador, he had no idea it would lead him to start exporting direct-trade coffee and selling it on a coffee cart from his bike. Six years after visiting Ecuador, Cloud Forest Coffee is now launching its bicycle coffee cart where you can purchase direct trade, […]
Over the past few months, I’ve seen the snapbacks labeled with Ott popping up everywhere – from RedBlacks players to kids on the street to Ottawa’s hip hop head Peter Joynt. I got curious and sought out the man behind the brand, Billy Altidor of Over The Top (Ott) Lifestyle. Altidor is part artist, part […]
It was a hole in the wall with the worst selection in the city, and when they closed it no one complained, which may just be a first for a store of its type. I speak, of course, of the old Rideau Centre LCBO, the late and completely unlamented bottle shop that may have saved […]
Hintonburg Happening is a 9 day festival that saw the light when a group of local residents wanted to bring more life and beauty to the neighbourhood. The desire to support small businesses in the area and create opportunities for artists lead to an art tour style street festival that draws attention from folks throughout […]
I’ve been involved with Apt613 for about three years now, but you wouldn’t easily recognize my name unless you send us requests to cover your event or review your latest play, EP, book or whatever. I’m usually hunched over a laptop at my kitchen table answering emails and matching up our *amazing* contributors with assignments […]
Alison Larabie Chase is a freelance writer and editor, an avid cook and baker, a shower singer, a cat wrangler, a world traveller, and an Ottawa native. Malorie Bertrand wants to help women buy clothes – but not too many. Oh, and they’ll all be ethically and sustainably made by Canadian designers. That’s the mission […]
Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
Local fashion stylist, body positive advocate, mother, and all-round cool girl, Chantal Sarkisian, is no novice in the blogging world. Throughout the past five years she has used blogging as an outlet to share her interests and inspire others. Her journey so far has found her exploring a number of avenues, from reporting on Ottawa […]
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 […]