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While Ashcroft is determined to stay true to the vision for Q West that was established by David Choo, the company’s founder and president, the firm has also worked hard to accommodate all the community feedback.

An entirely new kind of urban community

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prized property locked behind tall gates for the past century will soon be opened up for all to enjoy when Ashcroft Homes completes the current phase of their Q West development in Westboro. Two large curved breezeways off Richmond Road will provide a gorgeous sightline of the commons. They will also serve to welcome residents and visitors alike to the lush greenspace and historic Abbey which have been inaccessible for generations but will now be home to a vibrant community featuring unique retail outlets, restaurants and other amenities.

Over the past 20+ years, Ashcroft has earned an impressive track record as one of Ottawa’s leading real estate developers, having built thousands of fine homes across the region. With this project, the firm is capitalizing on its experience to enhance the urban living options for a wide range of buyers including young professionals looking to enter the real estate market as well as established homeowners who love the area but are ready to downsize and enjoy a more maintenance-free lifestyle. “We are excited about building a true community within one of Ottawa’s most desirable neighbourhoods. We’re proud that this multi-phased development incorporates public elements and green space,” says Ashcroft vice president Niki Choo. “Our design endeavours to use this space as effi-

ciently as possible to create a more accessible Commercial Highrise Construction. “This atmosphere and allow everyone to interact long winter did have an effect on the timeline with this community and the environment in but we are moving forward aggressively now. a different way.” Working on the below-grade elements of a Preserving the Abbey has been a corner- project is always time consuming, especially stone of the development. “We are planning in poor weather. Now that we are above for restaurant or food use on the ground floor grade, people will be surprised at how quickly as well as choice retailers that will comple- things will progress.” ment the space and create a According to Daniel, dynamic vibe,” she adds. the building envelope, “The Abbey will remain the including roof and wincentrepiece of the property, dows, will be complete by drawing people into Q West the end of November and to relax, eat on the patio or Q West’s phased occupangrab a coffee. There will be a cy will run from the sumhub of activity.” mer of 2014 through to While Ashcroft is deterthe end of the year. mined to stay true to the Ashcroft acknowledges vision for Q West that was that it has been a challengestablished by David Choo, ing project in terms of site David Choo, the company’s founder and access. “We have neighQ West founder and president president, the firm has also bours on three sides and worked hard to accommoRichmond Road is a high date all the feedback that has been given thus traffic area but we have mitigated the noise far. “We have listened to the community and and disruption by doing as much as we can in are sensitive to the concerns about Q West,” off peak hours when traffic is not as consays Niki. “We know this is a great neighbour- gested,” says Daniel. “We are confident our hood and we are excited to be part of it. We efforts will prove worthwhile as this developtruly appreciate the community’s cooperation ment will definitely add animation to the and we can’t wait to finish it so we are able to community.” share this piece of Ottawa with everyone.” As with most urban developments in Construction has been proceeding Ottawa these days, Ashcroft anticipates the smoothly, according to Daniel McLean, project will sell out prior to completion. Ashcroft’s Senior Project Director for “We’ve been very happy with how sales are

progressing and now that spring is here things are picking up,” confirms Niki. “The Q West buildings offer unique features and we invite people to come into our sales centre on Richmond Road; there is still time to choose customized options including combining units for a unique, larger space, although most of our phase one is currently sold and opportunities to do this are diminishing.”

“We can’t wait to finish it so we are able to share this piece of Ottawa with everyone.”

Q West development Sales Centre: 101 Richmond Road

Ph | 613.221.5926 www.liveqwest.com


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Where everyone matters

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his July, Mike Birmingham will retire after 24 years as the Carlington Community Health Centre’s (CCHC) executive director – and a near lifetime dedicated to building healthier communities. Until then, he and his dedicated team still have lots to do - working tirelessly to ensure that everyone who walks through their doors - matters.

After 28 years, the centre may seem to have an unassuming presence, but its services and overall mission have become a growing and integral part of the health - and lives -of its diverse community. “When I arrived at the CCHC in 1989, we were essentially a community resource centre, with five staff funded by the City of Ottawa,” explains Birmingham. “Today, we’ve grown to 100 staff, a board of directors Chances are you’ve walked past the and we’re busting at the seams!” What makes the CCHC and all commuCCHC at 900 Merivale Road many times and never realized the wealth of services nity health centres so uniquely important is available there; services that go well beyond their emphasis on all health; not just medical, but all the many factors that basic healthcare and now determine healthy lives. help over 50,000 people live “We’ve started to flip the healthier lives. direction of the last 30-40 The goal of the CCHC years in healthcare,” says is to help people improve Birmingham. “In the past, we their health and the health were focussed solely on hospiof the community as a tals, but that focus is shifting whole, by offering a wide to include all of the determirange of high quality health nants of health. We’re now and social services for everyrealizing that prevention is one. The list of programs is Mike Birmingham crucial.” impressive – and extensive Looking forward and including groundbreaking community initiatives for teens and school- with an eye to the growing needs of seniors, aged children across the city. Some of the Birmingham says the CCHC would like to CCHC’s core services include the assertive become the community hub for seniors procommunity treatment program, health pro- grams. In addition to expanding their current motion and counselling services, parent-child list of services such as home visits and a nursservices and the Annavale Headstart Nursery ing outreach team, the centre is already workSchool, along with the centre’s primary med- ing on the addition of a new seniors building, ical care services. The centre says it is still which will include three floors of muchneeded low income housing. The centre is welcoming new patients.

“Community health centres really are the way of the future.”

Mike Birmingham and the staff at Carlington Community Health Centre work tirelessly to ensure that everyone is treated equally.

exploring funding to develop the school yard which it inherited during its move to the old T.P. Maxwell school property, in 1995. As for what’s in store for Birmingham when he retires? “Well, first I think I’ll take six months and catch my breath!” Birmingham says with a laugh. “Then I’ll probably continue to do some volunteer work, and maybe get back into teaching. I’ve always enjoyed travelling, so I’m sure I’ll do some of that too.” No doubt, Birmingham’s passionate presence will be missed as he begins his next chapter, but his legacy will surely live on thanks to his tireless work over nearly three decades, and the commitment of the entire CCHC team. “Community health centres really are the way of the future,” says Birmingham. “They’re the best kept secrets in Canada!”

Carlington Community Health Centre 900 Merivale Rd.

Ph | 613.722.4000 www.carlington.ochc.org

Crafting old-world charm

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BR Designs is a new addition to Westboro Village, bringing a unique service: custom, handmade jewellery.

Located on Danforth Ave, tucked away behind Mountain Equipment Co-op, master goldsmith Paul Richter crafts premium jewellery that is custom tailored to each client’s desires and personality. Richter began his career over 20 years ago in his home country of South Africa, where he apprenticed under a master goldsmith at one of the top fine jewellery houses in the country. He then brought his knowledge to the downtown streets of London, England, working as a jewellery designer. In 2001, Richter moved to Ottawa, furthering his career as a designer. He developed a technique of blending old-world craftsmanship with modern, computer technology. Richter uses Computer Aided Design software to create the piece in the digital realm. The data is then sent through a CNC machine to create a wax model. Once the design is finalized in wax and approved by the client, Richter moves to a

completely hands-on process. Every piece of jewellery he makes is hammered, beaten, rolled and forged by Richter’s own hands; his fingertips blackened and worn down to the consistency of old leather. Richter makes every project a personal labour of love. Every project receives the same meticulous care and attention to fine detail. “It’s more important to me that people are happy, it doesn’t matter if it’s a $200 job or a $20,000 job, I put in the same amount of effort because it has my name on it,” says Richter. His work has been sought after from clients around the world, including royalty and celebrities. In October of 2012, Richter was able to open his own studio to make him more available to the public, “Relationships are important to me, I welcome everybody,” he says. Richter prides himself on making his service accessible to everyone and breaking down the stigma that custom-made jewellery is purely for the wealthy. “When people see the word ‘custom’ they immediately think it’s out of their affordability. The fact is, I have to price myself competitively,” says Richter. “I like to work within their bud-

Richter’s lifelong ambition is to make people happy by creating unique, quality jewellery that will will last for generations.

Goldsmith and custom jewellery designer, Paul Richter, believes every project should receive the same meticulous care and attention to detail.

get; I always manage to come up with options that will give them a product that looks exactly like what they want, is every bit as well manufactured, durable and beautiful, but at a lower cost.” Clients walking into PBR Designs will find Richter a friendly and professional host. His passion for jewellery and making people happy is unmistakable, Richter is every bit as humble as he is skilled, “I’m just a regular guy who loves what he does,” he says. Consultations are free and clients are fully involved in the development process from start to finish. Customers can be confident that their personal jewellery is being made with a level of passion and love that cannot be purchased from a conventional retailer. “When I’m sitting at my work bench and making jewellery, I’m the happiest I’ll ever be,” says Richter.

PBR Designs 379 Danforth Ave

Ph | 613.482.1926 www.pbrdesigns.com


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There’s a new ‘barre’ in town

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ll it takes is a few minutes with power couple Janine and Greg Charron to see they are precisely where they are meant to be personally, professionally and of course - physically. Just over one year ago, the duo opened their doors of the sleek new iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre in Wellington West, and introduced Ottawa residents to the hottest – and smartest new fitness craze going.

It’s called barre-based training: a hip new low-impact, injury-free and rehabilitative way to earn long, lean muscles, not possible with most traditional strength and cardiovascular training. The first of its kind in Ottawa, this balanced method blends the best of ballet, yoga and pilates techniques with slow, controlled isolated movements and a focus on the mind-muscle connection. It’s an intelligent fitness for everyone and iNSiDE Out fans range from the absolute beginner to the seasoned triathlete and every age, size and fitness level in between. Make no mistake though; while barre-based fitness may seem a kinder, gentler workout, it’s anything but soft.

“A lot of people who haven’t tried this think it’s really ‘zen’,” says Janine. “But it’s not! We always have great music going, it’s upbeat, energetic, dynamic, and it changes. It’s never the same experience and our instructors each have their own approach to help bring out your own strengths.” Creating a complete experience for every

guest is key for both owners Janine and Greg, who, after a random meeting on Facebook found an instant connection, and within a month had already begun creating the iNSiDE Out concept. For them, it all begins with their mantra. Written big and bold on the studio wall it reads ‘People will rarely remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.’ “We’re bringing things back to basics,” explains Janine. “We love what we do and we come from a genuine place of caring. Even our instructors; you don’t need to train them on that, it’s just who they are.” Their mantra of care resonates in every detail throughout the chic, urban studio and speaks to all the senses: warm cork flooring, floor to ceiling windows that welcome in the light, uplifting music, candles and décor, and New York-style change rooms with cheery bamboo, great smelling amenities and signage that welcomes with ‘Hello Gorgeous!’ and ‘Hello Handsome’. Even the entrance feels cozy with big comfy cushions, a post-workout smoothie bar, and the alwaysfriendly smiles from Janine and Greg. Drawing on their combined experience in fitness, Greg’s background in nutrition, and Janine’s life and goal coaching skills, iNSiDE Out will offer monthly seminars on a range of wellness-related topics, beginning in May. Firsttimers to the studio can also try a class for free, and depending on schedules and budgets there are a number of packages available to suit everyone’s needs. The busy and super-fit duo clearly knows

Janine and Greg Charron’s mantra: ‘People will rarely remember what you say, but they will always remember how you made them feel.’ when they’ve found a good thing. Fast forward two and a half years after their chance meeting and they are now married, running their bustling studio, and getting set to welcome their first child together this summer. What’s their secret to success? They say it’s about keeping things simple and finding the right balance. “There is no magic formula to wellness – just hard work. And everything has to come, literally, from the inside out,” says Greg. “We’re all about old school values and creating a real relationship with our guests here.” We get that people are busy and stressed, and we want everyone to feel comfortable when they come here. We’re passionate about sharing what we’ve learned. Come in, hang back. Talk to us. We love that!” And if you do, rest assured you may never look at fitness - or wellness – the same way again.

iNSiDE Out STUDiO barre

1416 Wellington Street Ph | 613.695.7227 coaches@insideoutstudios.ca www.insideoutstudios.ca

Authentic modern furniture to stand the test of time

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ne of Ottawa’s most unique furniture stores may have a new home in Old Ottawa South, but for owners Jacob and Monika, a piece of their hearts will always remain in Kitchissippi, where the store was first located. Since taking over Alteriors in 2009, they’ve refined and expanded their collection to include an appealing mix of contemporary furnishings, lighting and accessories from some of the world’s great modern designers both local and global. “The move from Wellington West at the end of February was definitely bittersweet for us,” says Monika. “But we’ve been pleased to have so many of our previous customers visit us in the new store and we are enjoying being welcomed by a neighbourhood with a strong furniture presence. It’s a good fit for us and because we carry exclusive brands, we are complementing rather than competing with our neighbours.” “Our catchphrase is ‘be real, buy authentic’,” explains Jacob. “This speaks to developing your own style but also the fact that when you shop at Alteriors you can purchase with confidence, knowing that you are getting genuine, authentic pieces – to reinforce

this, we have created a gallery of portraits of some of the designers whose products we sell. Authentic also means the quality is there and the pieces will be durable.” A quick glance around the store – or their website’s virtual shop – reveals a carefullyselected blend of items from local and international designers; while certainly modern, they avoid being trendy. “We only select things we love and are confident others will enjoy,” notes Monika. “We want to help people invest in heirloom pieces that will stand the test of time. It’s a lot of fun to show people how easily they can refresh their home’s aesthetic with just one or two carefully chosen items.” One of the most enjoyable aspects of shopping at Alteriors is the friendly service. “We try to make everyone feel at ease so they can enjoy the process. We have learned how to ask the right questions so we understand what you are looking for, then show you the appropriate options,” notes Monika. “We want to sell you the right piece that you will enjoy for a long time.” She adds that they feel extremely proud to be garnering a lot of praise for their excellent customer service.

“It’s a lot of fun to show people how easily they can refresh their home’s aesthetic with just one or two carefully chosen items”

Jacob and Monika of Alteriors were sad to move from Wellington West but are being welcomed by a new neighbourhood: Old Ottawa South.

Jacob explains that their collection is very flexible, with pieces coming in multiple upholstery options and sizes, which makes them ideal for anything from a large home to a petite condo. The appeal of modern furniture has definitely taken hold in Ottawa, with Alteriors now supplying items to numerous model homes and sales centres. “Everyone has come a long way in terms of design awareness. We’re very happy that homeowners and developers alike recognize the quality and beauty of our collection.”

Alteriors

1165 Bank Street Ph | 613.722.1661 www.alteriors.ca


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Make This Your Home.

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Parkdale is a 28-storey condo development that will bring modern convenience and luxury to the Tunney’s Pasture area.

The project is being undertaken by The Urbandale Construction Group of Companies, a family run business with over 30 years of experience building homes in Ottawa. 99 Parkdale marks a great leap forward in the development of Tunney’s Pasture, with a convenient and beautifully scenic location between the OC Transpo transitway and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. This new building marks a golden opportunity for residents to get in on the ground floor of an area that is set to undergo some major development. Susan Hughes, a real estate agent working on this project has over 25 years of experience selling homes and condos in the Ottawa area. She has been working with Urbandale on the 99 Parkdale project for the last 18 months. “I started working in the (Byward) market area selling condos 10 years ago and I can’t believe the difference in the density and what condo development brings to an area, and I do believe that with 99 Parkdale and the Tunney’s redevelopment we will see tremendous changes in the next 10 years,” says Hughes. The building will feature a range of housing options from a 750 square foot one bedroom with den, up to 2725 square foot luxury suites, with a two bedroom, two bath unit set in between, that is perfect for a small family or retired couple. Condos will be finished in a clean, modern design featuring high ceilings, hardwood floors with sound proofing, in-suite laundry room, stainless steel kitchen appliances and porcelain ceramic tiled bathrooms with quartz countertops and backsplash featuring a five foot shower enclosure with chrome hardware. All fixtures are customizable from the builder’s selection. In addition to providing a beautiful home, 99 Parkdale will feature additional amenities and services not found in other condo buildings. “There are very few condos existing that have a 24-hour security concierge staff, we also have a live-in superintendent” says Hughes. 99 Parkdale is giving residents more than just a home, but a retreat with several com-

99 Parkdale also features six exclusive two-storey townhomes that showcase stunning garden terraces.

munal areas for entertainment, relaxation and recreation. The second floor of the building, the 99 Club, is a state-of-theart amenity space that features a fully equipped fitness centre with free weights, dynamic activity equipment, hot tub swim spa, steam room and yoga room. This floor will also feature two guest suites and a media room. With plenty of breathaking rooms, a casual lounge and even a two-storey grand ballroom for more formal events, the 28th floor is the crown piece of 99 Parkdale. The three rooftop terraces facing the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest corners of the

building all boast spectacular views, that make 99 Parkdale stand out from all others. What makes this condo development particularly unique is not just the modern luxury and design, but the location. In addition to a panoramic view of the Ottawa River and cityscape, the Tunney’s Pasture location is set to take on a revolutionary change over the next decade. “People really do recognize that this is a great neighbourhood,” says Hughes. “In fact, enRoute magazine named Hintonburg as one of the top emerging neighbourhoods in Canada.”

What makes this condo development particularly unique is not just the modern luxury and design, but exceptional location.

Construction is set to begin next spring, with residents moving in by fall of 2015. If

you are interested in learning more about the development, you are invited to contact Susan Hughes at the 99 Parkdale Presentation Centre, 1546 Scott Street or by phone at 613-722-2792.

99 Parkdale by the Urbandale Group of Companies Ph | 613.722.2792 99Parkdale.com


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John Borsten, Gary Thompson and Dave Mangano of the new Savoy Brasserie are really looking forward to welcoming people for Westboro Hour.

Nothing says ‘neighbourhood’ more than the Brasserie

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ravelers with fond memories of time spent in France will feel right at home in the new Savoy Brasserie which opened last month in Westboro. All the hallmarks of a great brasserie are there – it’s a relaxed, upscale environment with a well-run kitchen delivering impressive yet familiar fare. Part café, part pub and part restaurant, the Savoy is sure to quickly become a new favourite in an area now widely recognized as a culinary hotspot in Ottawa.

It’s the fourth restaurant for partners John Borsten, Gary Thompson and Dave Mangano who recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of their Empire Grill. The group also runs the very popular Grand Pizzeria and the Metropolitain Brasserie which is like a ‘big sister’ to the Savoy. Those familiar with the former occupant at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue – the Newport Restaurant – will discover a remarkably transformed space. Lofty pressed-tin ceilings, huge windows and artfully treated walls are enhanced by an intricate mosaic-tiled floor, antique-looking mirrors and pretty globe pendant lights. A gleaming zinc bar running the length of one wall anchors the room and plenty of dark wood and subway tiles add touches of elegance throughout. Seating for about 100 is offered at a mixture of tables,

high and low banquettes and booths. Along with the bright, chic and very welcoming atmosphere is a menu that is both accessible and interesting. Classic starters include onion soup gratinée, beef and salmon tartare, moules et frites, escargot and a generous charcuterie platter. Entrées include a bouillabaisse well-loaded with seafood, several well-constructed fish dishes, steak frites, coq au vin, duck confit with tomato-braised lentils, an above-average cheeseburger and much more. The Savoy also offers a pleasing range of salad options which make for a satisfying and healthy lunch option, as well as being featured on the dinner menu. Among the choices are the signature ‘Savoy’ including chick peas, fennel, grapefruit, arugula and feta and the Nicoise, with tuna, tapenade, fingerling potatoes, tomatoes, anchovy and green beans. The well stocked bar should satisfy just about any beverage craving, whether you like cocktails – there are three house specialties – or beer on tap. The wine list is a nice blend of old and new world with many selections geared towards the menu. They’re kindly offering over two dozen by the glass and half-carafe, something which makes food and wine pairing a lot more interesting and affordable. “It’s definitely the perfect spot for lunch, a quick bite after work or a fun night out. We are really looking forward to welcom-

ing people for Westboro Hour which will likely become as popular a tradition as is our Hill Hour at the Metropolitain,” adds John. This 3:30 – 6:30 pm drop in party, Monday to Friday, will include specials like freshlyshucked oysters for a dollar and a special Savoy poutine, among other treats. Gary says that they’re looking forward to enhancing their offerings as they settle in to the new space. “We’ll be opening for breakfast and will certainly be adding some plats du jour to the menu,” he notes. “We also have plans for an authentic Parisian-style sidewalk patio.” With years of experience behind them, the three partners are well aware that while some restaurants may gather accolades in the beginning, it is continued success five or six years down the road that matters. “When we first met with Moe Attalah to discuss the possibility of taking over the iconic location at the corner of Churchill and Richmond, we realized that we would be replacing something that had rooted itself in the community for over a quarter century,” explains Dave. “We knew we had a daunting task ahead of us, to create something at that same corner that the current and next generation of people would come to know and love in the same way they do Moe’s.” After months of debate and some travel to do research, the team decided that there is nothing more ‘neighbourhood’ than the

Brasserie. “In Paris there is a Brasserie virtually on every corner and to us they exude everything the neighbourhood place should be – somewhere you visit for breakfast and return for dinner or somewhere to spend an afternoon drinking rich, dark coffee reading the newspaper or meeting friends for champagne and oysters,” enthuses Gary. “To us, a Brasserie is all about serving the most loved and most-accessible French dishes – the food that has been around for over a hundred years.” “It is with these ideas that The Savoy Brasserie is born. We feel fortunate to be part of your neighbourhood and look forward to meeting all of you.”

Savoy Brasserie 334 Richmond Road

Ph | 613.695.7330 www.savoybrasserie.com


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Your Westboro go-to for window covering needs

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fter being in the window covering industry for over 20 years, the opportunity to own her own drapery business presented itself and Sue Carswell jumped at the chance. Three years later, Ottawa Drapery & Supplies is still Westboro’s go-to place for all drapery and window covering needs.

Ottawa Drapery has been part of Ottawa’s small business scene for over 30 years. The store was first located on Richmond Road, but is now nestled in Westboro Village at 349 Danforth Ave. The staff consists of two full time designers, one part-time designer, and one part time design student. They also use the services of four seamstresses and two installers. The entire team is extremely detail-oriented with excellent customer service always at the forefront. “Independent decorators and designers also use our services to enhance their businesses. I love working with new designers to help them become more comfortable with window treatments,” said Carswell. The team stays on top of current decor styles by taking part in training sessions

offered by their many suppliers. They also keep an eye on what is trending in the design and colour world through fashion and décor publications. At Ottawa Drapery, you will find window treatments such as drapes, blinds, and shutters, as well as custom bedding and upholstery. The brands they carry include, Hunter Douglas, Robert Allen, Maxwell, Kravet and many more. A big part of your experience at Ottawa Drapery is learning about the abundance of choices available to you. In an industry where colour and style trends are constantly changing, it is important to know what your options are. Whatever those needs may be—light control, privacy, UV protection or added energy efficiency—the staff will direct you to the products best suited to you. You can stop by their showroom to take a look at the thousands of samples they have on display, or book an inhome appointment for a truly personalized experience. After having met with you, the designers will then present several options for you to consider, each with different features, benefits, and price points. With so much attention

“In an industry where colour and style trends are constantly changing, it is important to know what your options are.”

Your time with the team at Ottawa Drapery will be a fun and educational experience, resulting in window treatments you are sure to enjoy for years to come.

going into the selection process, you will inevitably be thrilled with the end results! All products are expertly installed, with the fit and installation being guaranteed. The skilled installers, who each have over 25 years experience take the time to demonstrate how to properly use and care for your new purchase. The Ottawa Drapery & Supplies team of designers have decades of experience between them. They each love what they do, and that excitement shows through their individual customer service. Your time with them will be a fun and educational experience, resulting in window treatments you are sure to enjoy for years to come.

Ottawa Drapery Ottawa Drapery 349 Danforth Ave Ph | 613.729.8311

A market for all seasons

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wenty years ago, buzz-terms like ‘buy local’ were nonexistent and, for most, the farm itself had become a vanishing resource. The demand for fresh, locally produced food from local consumers has increased exponentially in the last decade. So has the number of farmers’ markets. The Ottawa Farmer’s Market (OFM) is a perfect example of how shopping local is more than a social good - it’s a healthy business.

When the OFM welcomed its first customers eight years ago, a modest 20 vendors were there to sell. Today, the market is home to well over 100 vendors each week offering everything from organic produce, artisan bread, fresh eggs and cheese, to handmade crafts, and unique varieties of fresh local meat like heritage pork, wild boar and elk. As it continues to steadily grow, the producer’s only market now operates in three different locations across the city – Brewer’s Park, Orleans – and its newest site in the heart of Westboro. “The OFM began as a way for farmers in the Ottawa area to not have to compete with other larger food retailers,” explains Robin Turner, OFM president and owner of Roots and Shoots Farm in Manotick. “The Ottawa customer has been incredibly supportive. People want to know where their food is coming from. Fresh farm food is simple, and it tastes really, really good.” The greater focus on simplifying and choosing locally produced food has proven there are huge benefits to shopping at farm-

ers’ markets, for our health and our local economies. Current research shows that not only is food from the farm fresher, it’s also more nutrient-rich, cleaner and safer to eat, and it tastes better. It’s also an opportunity to have fun as a family, educate, support small businesses and keep our communities healthy. “The OFM has always been a highenergy place,” says Turner. ”Compared to other markets that are suffering, our market has done nothing but grow.” In fact, Turner says the OFM has such a loyal following it’s actually tapping out the available farmers in the area. The rapid growth has created a springboard for vendors to further develop their businesses, while igniting interest from potential new producers, which ultimately benefits the city. Turner, who also got his start at the OFM has since turned his business into a flourishing four-season agriculture farm in just four years, with a winter web store and full-time staff. Last year, the OFM successfully moved its Lansdowne Park location to family-friendly Brewer Park, which will operate Sundays, beginning May 5. The Orleans market reopens on Fridays starting May 10 and here in Westboro, the market’s second season in Byron Park will begin on May 18. With up to 76 vendors, the Westboro Market will run every Saturday until October 26 and so far, has been welcomed with open arms from the already health-friendly community. As the OFM team looks forward, the concern isn’t whether they will stay busy; it’s finding a more permanent indoor winter home that

“The Ottawa customer has been incredibly supportive. People want to know where their food is coming from. Fresh farm food is simple, and it tastes really, really good,” explains Robin Turner, OFM president and owner of Roots and Shoots Farm in Manotick.

will allow them to meet growing demand, and become a year-round business as a thriving, viable competitor to the city’s larger food retailers. Turner’s passion for the future of the OFM mission is contagious. “It’s just a lot of fun. Families can come out, do some shopping and stay for the day in the area,” says Turner. “Everyone should go and just try it. If we start to think of food as improving our lives, it’s worth the investment. It’s an amazing experience.”

Byron Park, Westboro Saturdays, 9:30-3pm          May 18 - Oct. 26 www.ottawafarmersmarket.ca


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It’s not just Rainbow Foods’ selection of goods customers value; it’s also the store’s knowledgeable and well-trained staff. Enjoy gluten-fee days during the month!

Celebrating 35 years of providing healthy choices

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t’s little wonder that so many people from all over Eastern Ontario make a trip to Rainbow Foods a regular part of their shopping routine. With a commitment to sourcing products that emphasize the best of organic, natural and local, Rainbow continues to thrive thirty five years after its founding, thanks to both its loyal customers and the quality of the goods it carries. Recent renovations have enhanced the store’s appearance and atmosphere as they celebrate this milestone year. Just as the family-owned store is now serving its second generation of customers, so too is a new generation helping to run the business. Founders Janet and Michael Kaplan are enjoying working with son Mischa and his wife Sarah. “They are bringing a new approach and some wonderful energy to the store,” says Janet. She cites the newly revamped baby section as an example of the positive changes being wrought by the younger Kaplans. While Rainbow was originally characterized by the somewhat limited label of ‘health

“Whether your shopping list includes nutritional advice and products, specialty food items, eco-friendly housewarming gifts, or fresh local produce, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.” food store’, there is so much more to be found on their well-stocked shelves. A partial list includes one of the widest selections of health products to be found under one roof in Ottawa, whole foods both packaged and bulk,

vitamins, supplements and homeopathic remedies, health and beauty products, fresh organic produce and dairy items, regular and gluten-free baked goods, eco-friendly appliances and housewares, environmentallyfriendly cleaning products and giftware. It’s not just Rainbow’s wide selection of goods that garners high praise; it’s also the store’s knowledgeable and well-trained staff. You can count on them to provide sound information and advice on many aspects of healthy living; experts such as naturopaths and nutritionists are brought in to share additional knowledge via seminars and product demonstrations. “We are pleased to be able to bring in experts from a variety of fields for our free seminars as we find our customers are eager to learn about new products and research in healthy living”, says Janet. “Equally popular are the special events we hold each year such as Gluten-free Days, Customer Appreciation Days, Local Days and more. “  Rainbow also provides valuable tips through its website and regular newsletters, as well as recipes and information sheets on a wide range of topics.  One more aspect of Rainbow’s exceptional service is its Customer Loyalty Program;

unlike some others, its free to join and they do all the work for you by tracking your purchases. Whether your shopping list includes nutritional advice and products, specialty food items, eco-friendly housewarming gifts, or fresh local produce, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for – and a whole lot more – at Rainbow Foods.

Rainbow Foods

1487 Richmond Road Ph | 613.726.9200 www.rainbowfoods.ca


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David Hollingsworth goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury.

Getting clients back on track

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hat do you do if you’ve been injured in an accident? Where do you start? You start by calling a reputable personal injury lawyer. David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer since 1999. Since then, he has built a top team of lawyers and personal injury specialists who are dedicated to making sure that people in Ottawa and Ontario get the help and compensation they need if they have been injured in an accident. “My job is to assist people and make sure they get the medical, rehabilitation and financial assistance they need and are entitled to. My goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. ” says Hollingsworth.

Since we featured David last year, his personal injury law firm has grown in many ways. In the past year, he has added a third lawyer to his team and they have helped hundreds more people with their insurance claims. “We handle cases that range in severity from minor injuries to the most extreme catastrophic injuries. While most cases can be resolved without going to court, from time to time insurance companies will dig in their heels. In the past year, we were successful in two large lawsuits where the court awarded our clients millions of dol-

lars in benefits and compensation where insurance is for. Don’t sell yourself or your their insurance company had initially de- family short.” David is regularly asked to speak at continunied them. The compensation from these lawsuits have permitted our clients to pur- ing legal education seminars, University of Otchase wheelchair accessible homes, equip- tawa law school and at Algonquin College. ment, medication and get much needed David has 3 children who are now the support. While these disputes may some- third generation of Hollingsworths to attend Elmdale PS. He and times take years to resolve, his wife Rebecca are very it is rewarding to know active in the community. that we are helping people Again this year he has when they need it most.” sponsored the Fisher Park When involved in a moCommunity soccer and tor vehicle accident, the baseball programs donatstress of managing the injuries and day to day life ing reusable water bottles are compounded by the to the players. He is also need to complete complia sponsor of the Elmdale cated and lengthy insurPS Fun Fair. ance paperwork. David and When David HollingDavid Hollingsworth his team will help complete sworth isn’t practicing these forms and deal dipersonal injury law, you rectly with the insurance can usually find him with companies on your behalf. a pair of skates on. “I love “I have rarely met with a client who is hockey. I just finished the season as one receiving the full amount of benefits that of the coaches for the Ottawa Sting Mihe or she needs and that he or she is en- nor Atom A hockey team. All three of titled to following an accident, without the my children play hockey, I play a couple of help of a personal injury lawyer,” says Hol- times a week and of course we are all big lingsworth. “If you are injured, you owe it SENS fans.” to yourself and to your loved ones to get David travels throughout Ottawa and every benefit to which you are entitled, so eastern Ontario to meet with his clients. that you can get back to being the person “It just makes more sense for me to go to you were before the accident. That’s what them most times. I know how hard it is for

“My goal is to help people get their lives back on track after suffering an injury.”

people suffering after an accident.” “When we take cases on, we do so on a contingency basis, so there is no fee unless, and until, we are successful in getting compensation. This way our clients don’t have to worry about legal fees when they are going through difficult times. We offer this arrangement to provide access to justice for all.” says Hollingsworth. “Sometimes all it takes is a quick phone call and I’m able to help with information over the phone; however sometimes it’s more complicated and we need to step in to make sure that people are being treated fairly.”

David Hollingsworth Ph | 613.237.4922 extension 203 613. 978.9549 david@ottawainjury.ca www.ottawainjury.ca


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Michael Danchuk says Victoria Pharmacy’s new space will allow them to serve their customers with greater ease.

New location, same professional service

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he newly renovated Victoria Pharmacy, which operates under a Pharmasave banner, in Hintonburg is ready to provide customers with an outstanding level of service and professional knowledge.

Owner and pharmacist Michael Danchuk, originally from Saskatchewan, has been working in Ottawa since 1988. He acquired the Rosemount and Victoria pharmacies in the early 2000’s, merging the two businesses in 2004, On one hand it was a straight forward thing to do from a business perspective, on the other hand you had two community pharmacies being merged into one so there was some anxiety out there,’ says Danchuk. After nearly a decade of success in the current format, Victoria Pharmacy was made over into its current Wellington West Storefront. “We moved in here on the 18th of March, that process was started in October of last year,” said Danchuk. We were growing. Space and our ability to serve customers were becoming limited so we decided that we would look for a larger space,” he says. “When this space became available the decision to expand the pharmacy was obvious.” Staff at the Victoria Pharmacy prides themselves on being able to offer things that larger franchise pharmacies cannot provide. We pride ourselves on service. If you come

in with a prescription we don’t expect you to wait half an hour for it,” says Danchuk. The Victoria Pharmacy doesn’t carry cosmetics or grocery items, allowing them to focus on their core services. We differentiate ourselves by offering quality pharmaceutical services that make a difference in the day-to-day lives of people. Listening to a patient’s needs and then building a solution around these needs results in long-lasting trustworthy relationship. Danchuk likes to highlight eco-friendly and organic products from local, small businesses, such as a line of shampoos and soaps from Hawkesbury based company, Green Beaver. “As a small business, I’m trying to encourage small business in my area,” he says. Offering expanded pharmacy services that are part of the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists in Ontario will be key to success. Things like flu clinics (the pharmacy will hopefully be offering one this fall), other vaccination services, prescription modification and prescription extensions are services currently offered. Two pharmacists currently on staff are licensed to perform injections and one is

licensed to aid in smoking cessation. The expanded business space is allowing Victoria Phamacy to offer more in-house clinic days such as diabetes screening, HbA1C testing, health and wellness training and educational support geared at interpreting nutritional labels. The Victoria Pharmacy offers services to help make long term care easier for patients and caregivers, such as multi dose packaging – a small pouch with all the pertinent information makes it easier for nurses to administer medications. The system uses barcode technology that is much more secure. Also offered is INR testing to patients undergoing warfarin therapy. The Victoria Pharmacy also carries a full range of products aimed at improving customer’s personal daily comfort. They carry a full line of compression hosiery that can help everyone from the expectant mother to workers who are on their feet all day. There is also a special line just for diabetics. There is a comprehensive line of home health care products such as bath benches, canes and toilet risers. “There are so many things that people can have access to that can help in their day-to-day living allowing them

“We pride ourselves on service. If you come in with a prescription we don’t expect you to wait half an hour for it.”

to live in their own homes more safely and for a longer period of time,” says Danchuk. Their core service is the ability to offer professional advice to customers on a personal level, “Everybody has unique needs when it comes to pharmacy. Sometimes it’s things that you might not be aware of as a patient, so we say, have you heard about this, have you thought about that, and suddenly you can make a big change in the way a patient views their medication therapy,” says Danchuk. It’s all about quality of life!

Victoria Pharmacy 1065B Wellington Street Ph | 613.729.6149


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Where active people receive active rehab!

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hen we need to visit a physiotherapist for treatment, it’s not always under the best of circumstances. Injuries, pain, and rehabilitation aren’t fun, but a visit to the experienced, innovative, and enthusiastic professionals at Westboro Physiotherapy Centre will have you well on your way to recovery in no time.

not only in injury prevention but overall health and wellness.” At Westboro Physiotherapy Centre, physiotherapy and massage therapy are both offered. If you are a physio client, the clinic offers great run assessments with video analysis and pilates in the rehab setting done by Joanna Marriott, PT, who is an active runner and triathlete. Both Vicki and Joanna work with Active Release Techniques which can Westboro Physiotherapy Centre has been a help with muscle and nerve injuries. part of Westboro since 2005, but current Concussion management and return-to-play services are also offered. owner, Vicki Wong, PT, took Including Vicki, the clinic over ownership of the business currently offers the services of in 2007. two physiotherapists, and one “I’ve always had an interest Registered Massage Therapist in first aid and wanted to help (RMT). The clinic also athletes during sport,” said employs several assistants and Wong. “It was during my at certain times of the year, Human Kinetics degree that I students. became interested in physio. Because the clinic is After graduating I began physlocated in Westboro, most iotherapy school at Dalhousie clients are naturally Westboro University.” residents, but the clinic sees Vicki loves helping people clients from across the city. get better and that the physio“Ottawa is an active commutherapy field is a constantly nity, and everyone is involved evolving profession with new in some sort of physical research and techniques coming activity, so this has allowed out every year. Vicki Wong me to see different injuries “Injuries are a mystery waitfrom other areas of the city,” ing for you to solve and few are said Wong. exactly the same in the way To Wong, being located in Westboro has its they heal,” she said. She loves exercise and approaches her treatments by using exercise advantages. “Westboro clients are very loyal to to solve the problem. “Exercise is a huge help, their community businesses and we appreciate

“Injuries are a mystery waiting for you to solve and few are exactly the same in the way they heal.”

Physiotherapy and massage therapy are both offered at Westboro Physiotherapy Centre.

this,” says Wong. “They are also very open to an active rehab approach involving the exercise techniques we use at Westboro Physiotherapy.” Westboro Physiotherapy Centre is ready to take care of you when you need it. “We are a very friendly clinic of physiotherapists and our RMT always provides individual care,” said Wong. “We also work with athletes and teams either on the ice, pitch, or field. Despite our extensive work with athletes, we do welcome everyone to come see us. We have treated all age groups from young children to the elderly and we truly love working with everyone.”

Westboro Physiotherapy 411 Roosevelt Ste 304

Ph | 613.792.1166 www.westborophysiotherapy.com


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Apple is always striving to stay ahead of the pack and the team at Carbon Computing says that has always been their approach as well.

The Apple of Westboro’s eye

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ood ideas don’t need to be complex to succeed. From his basement Ron Paley started a company that offered customers a better way to buy Apple Computers.

“I’d ask questions. ‘What do you want to do with your computer?’ Then I’d find the best solution for them.” Carbon Computing, located on Richmond at Churchill, is one of the newest additions to the shops in Westboro Village. This upscale, well-designed store is the company’s third location; the others being in downtown Kitchener and the trendy Riverside neighbourhood of downtown Toronto. “Carbon Computing is an independent Apple Specialist and Premium Service Provider,” explains Ron Paley, the company’s founder. “We’ve been promoting the Apple platform for years because it is the best designed computer inside and out and the simplest to use. We’re fans. We love the products! iMacs, iPads, MacBook laptops, iPods…these are tools that make you more productive and help everybody express their creativity. They’re easy and more importantly, they’re fun to use” Paley, an Ottawa native, migrated to computing after ten years in the film industry where the Apple platform is preeminent. “When I started in ’93, most creative professionals; graphic artists, musicians, photographers…they were better off with a Mac, and they still are. Now that’s true for everyone, not just professionals. These days, all of us take digital pictures, record video and listen to mobile music. Every school and business creates presentations. Using a Mac or iPad makes that part of your life and work easier. Anything you want to use a computer or tablet for, Apple is the way to go.” Paley launched his first retail space in

Toronto in 1996. “As the company grew, the video editing solutions. people that joined our team were all individuals For those customers who are deterred by that shared our passion for improving their the congestion of long lines and lengthy wait work and their lives using Apple products,” says times at mall based Apple Retail stores, Paley. “That passion is the foundation Carbon Carbon Computing offers a refreshing alterComputing was built on.” native. They carry the entire line of Apple Creativity and innovation have always been computers including the MacBook Pro with synonymous with the Apple brand and its Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac and of philosophy. Apple products are easy to use and course the ever-popular iPads and iPods. highly intuitive. This seems to be what makes Carbon Computing also has a unique, careApple products so widely appealing today; fully selected collection of accessories, and they have adeptly become an extension of our peripheral devices to enhance the products and selves. Apple is always striving to stay ahead of make them your own. the pack and the team at Whether you’re completeCarbon Computing says that ly new to the world of Macs has always been their and iPads or a long-time user, approach as well. Carbon Computing offers A notable benefit to shoppersonalized one-on-one ping with Carbon Computing training for users of all ages is their innovative “Guaranteed and levels of experience in the Buyback Program”. Every store’s comfortable training customer who buys a new room and custom tailored to Mac with AppleCare can the clients’ needs. return to the store within 24 Carbon Computing’s months, trade in their commandate is to provide its puter and upgrade to a new clients honest, expert advice Mac at up to 50% off. Jackie regarding the solutions that Stacey, Carbon Computing’s best fit their needs. They Jackie Stacey Westboro branch manager believe that technology is a explains: “This program is tool and should help us exclusive to our stores. It means our clients will accomplish our goals. Carbon Computing’s never pay full price again and will always have a Mac specialists are available to help with Mac that will keep up with their needs and the individual needs, and to provide support to rapidly evolving trends in technology,” businesses and institutions using Macs, from As a result, the store also carries a range of consulting and implementation to after-sales previously owned Macs for anyone on a budget support and service contracts. who wants to become a Mac owner. “Everyone Long before shopping mall based Apple wins!” says Stacey. Retail stores began opening in 2001, indepenCarbon Computing is a full-service shop, dent Apple resellers like Carbon Computing offering sales, rentals, repair and more than that, were the only way to get Apple products in a corporate sales, managed IT services and digital retail environs. “A lot has changed since those

“We really love the community vibe here; it increasingly seems to be where all the action is. We wanted to be a part of that!”

first Apple branded stores opened, but Carbon Computing continues to be a place where Apple enthusiasts meet,” says Paley. “Stores in crowded malls aren’t for everyone. We find that our customers prefer the welcoming environment that we have created here – where they can get premium products and also expert advice and the attention they deserve.” Although new to Westboro, Carbon Computing will celebrate its 20th anniversary this summer. The Westboro Village store opened its doors in September 2012 and Branch Manager, Jackie Stacey says they could not be happier with the decision. “We really love the community vibe here; it increasingly seems to be where all the action is. We wanted to be a part of that!” says Stacey. “The neighbourhood has been really welcoming. She adds “we’re all Apple geeks and technology lovers here, so the interaction with the people of Westboro has been awesome. There are a lot of Apple lovers in Westboro and lots who soon will be. Come in and say hello!”

Carbon Computing 332 Richmond Rd.

Ph | 613. 728.5888 www.carbonation.com


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Colouring us happy since 1962

odern research shows that seeing a colour actually releases chemicals in our brains that have a powerful effect on us, both physically and emotionally. So it goes without saying that choosing the right paint colour for your walls can be challenging – and thoroughly fun, if you have the right help.

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Enter Hampton Paints, the independent paint retailer helping Ottawa residents find the perfect paint since 1962. Rudy Stanke began as the store manager at the Carling Avenue shop and purchased it three years later. The business has seen decades of shops come and go, and big-box retailers promoting comparable products with big-box budgets. But through all of the change, Hampton Paints has remained. Rudy’s daughter Trish Stanke took over her father’s business in 2000, and she says the personal service her team provides is what has given this family-run business its impressive longevity. What Hampton Paints sells isn’t unique, but makes them special in a sea of large competitors is their vast knowledge, combined with a real sense that this family-run shop has been a living, breathing, vital part of the Kitchissippi community for as long as customers can remember.

“Having a business in Kitchissippi is great because it’s such a vibrant area, with great people, restaurants and everything you need close by,” says Stanke. “Having grown up with the business it feels like home. We have a lot of regular customers with multiple generations of families who are really loyal to us.” Paint is the easiest and most impactful way to create atmosphere in a space, and becomes an extension of you; your style, your personality, your tastes. It’s a very personal experience, and Stanke and her team work directly with you to help you make the best choice for your needs. In fact, it’s what Stanke loves most about her job. “The thing I enjoy most about the business is helping customers with their projects and their varied taste in colours. Two different customers can come in with the same fabric and leave with completely different colours.” She adds “Paint colour is very important in a home. It can affect how people feel and their moods. Also, it’s important when a home is being sold to give a certain feel to prospective buyers.” Stanke also says investing in highquality paint can make all the dfference because the colours are richer, stay truer longer and wear better. Hampton Paints has been a retailer of Benjamin Moore Paints since 1967, whose products have

Trish Stanke and her team work directly with you help you make the best choice for your needs.

consistently earned top billing with professional decorators and homeowners for years, and countless ‘best of’ awards with industry experts and review publications. The full-service store carries all the supplies you need, along with on-trend details to pull the entire look of your space together: wallpaper, blinds and shutters, and decorating accessories like framed prints and colourful throw cushions. Whether it’s a small do-it-yourself project or coordinating colours for an entire home, Hampton Paints has helped Ottawa paint homes happy for nearly 50 years and showing no signs of wear.

Hampton Paints

1411 Carling Ave. Ottawa, ON, K1Z 7L6 613-729-0114 Hampton Paints

Hampton Park Plaza 1411 Carling Avenue

Ph | 613.729.0114 www.hamptonpaints.ca

Jewellery icon returns to roots

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agpie Jewellery may be an essential for Ottawa jewellery lovers today, but those who have lived in the capital long enough will remember that nearly a quarter century ago, the current chain of three full-scale boutiques once began as a modest stone and silver shop, displayed in the shared window space of Market Cleaner’s, on Dalhousie Street. Hard work, a passion for beautiful jewellery and a commitment to its loyal clientele have earned Magpie its faithful following. This year, rather than rest on its well-earned laurels, the Magpie team is instead dedicating itself to paying it forward, and once again embracing the creative fun of earlier years.

“We have been in business for 24 years! We are very proud of that!” says Magpie owner, Erin Wright. “Through the years we have always been in step with our customers’ tastes and styles and as they have evolved so have we.” Their well-known Rideau Centre store has been operating since 1993, and expanded to a second Glebe location 10 years later. Their most recent third – and largest – boutique lives in trendy Westboro. All three stores are still Ottawa owned and operated. “We see our store as a curated collection of beautiful inspiring jewellery - the styles range from classic, to flamboyant, contemporary to vintage in a diverse range of metals from silver to bronze to gold!” explains Wright. In addition to the signature silver Magpie is known

for, some might still be surprised to know the stores also offer bridal jewellery, including their own ‘house’ collection and exclusive pieces from designers like Canadian Anne Sportun and American Megan Thorne. Wright adds there is a growing trend throughout North America called “alternative bridal”: artisan, handmade, boutique-style jewellery something she says Magpie has featured for years and happy to see picking up momentum. Over the years, Magpie’s evolving success has come from staying carefully in tune, not only with trends and styles, but with its loyal customer-base who frequently return to them for expertise and experience; something they don’t take lightly. “We’ve always prided ourselves on appreciating the importance of our relationships with our customers and with our designers,” says Wright. She adds they have been fortunate with their success and want to pay it forward to the city they love, and support other businesses just getting off their feet. She admits they miss the simplicity that comes with being a small start-up. They hope to find ways to re-incorporate that grassroots sense of fun and creativity by bringing it to the forefront of everything they do, and getting involved with the community, organizations and businesses of Ottawa. “Last year we had a party in collaboration with Ottawa Creative Mornings called Arts Nest - it was a huge success and we saw a lot of support from the creative design commu-

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Over the years, Magpie Jewellery’s success has come from staying carefully in tune, not only with trends and styles, but with its loyal customer-base who frequently return to them for expertise and experience.

Ottawa,” says Mallory Jones, e-commerce manager at Magpie. “The design community is extremely supportive of one another in this city and are constantly working to push the bar of creativity and fun.” Magpie recognizes the value of collaborative work and support and promote other local businesses and its partners through its blog and other social media platforms, as well as designer showcase events and regular donations to schools and social programs. “We see Magpie Jewellery continuing to be a very vital member of the Ottawa jewellery community!” says Wright. “We will continue to listen to our customers and grow our relationships with our designers, following closely the trends and tastes of the city.” And – if they can help it – have some good old fashioned fun in the process.

Magpie Jewellery 430 Richmond Road

Ph | 613.233.3337 www.magpiejewellery.com


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While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant.

A Hintonburg tradition since 2003

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t’s almost certain that your first visit to Absinthe Café won’t be your last. Once you experience the inventive, appealing food and the welcoming atmosphere, it will likely become a spot you want to return to time and again.

Absinthe spent its first four years in a cozy spot on Holland Avenue but outgrew the space quickly as word spread of its impressive food and impeccable service. In 2007, Chef/ Owner Patrick Garland, who grew up in Hintonburg, relocated the café to a fabulous new, larger venue on Wellington Street West. With its dark hardwood floors, soft lighting and Venetian plaster walls, the décor at Absinthe is a perfect complement to its cuisine. There is an understated elegance that suggests that while the atmosphere is deliberately casual, the food will surely surprise and delight. In fact, the restaurant’s eye-catching bright green foil accent wall typifies the wow factor for which Absinthe’s food has become famous. While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant. “I like to use classic techniques to prepare contemporary Canadian soul food,” explains Chef/Owner Patrick Garland. “While we change things up regularly, a dish like our very popular steak frites will always be on the menu. Just as our space is warm and comfortable; our food is timeless and will never go out of style.” “The food is very much influenced by my

own travels,” says Chef Garland. “It’s an Chef Garland is especially delighted to be increasingly global world and as we all have unveiling some new dishes this month thanks more access to interesting information and to the beginning of a new growing season. As ingredients, it’s fun to be able to incorporate a proud Savour Ottawa member, Absinthe’s these things into my cooking. I live in the menu always showcases the finest local ingreheart of Chinatown so there is a lot if inspira- dients, some harvested just outside the kitchtion at hand every day. I also think that glo- en in Chef ’s raised bed herb garden. balization is helping people to become more “Spring means more lightly sautéed prepaadventuresome in terms of rations rather than slow their food choices.” braises, and lots of fresh proAbsinthe is a consistently duce. I’m excited to get my popular lunchtime spot, hands on asparagus, ramps, thanks to a menu inspired by morels, fiddleheads and global classics. You might more. And I’m already find pizza or trout agnolotti, dreaming about the bounty boeuf bourguignon or Thai of summer – especially things chicken curry. You’ll always like peaches and tomatoes. “ find Absinthe’s famous While the atmosphere at Benevolent Burger – it’s a Absinthe is always warm and dinnertime staple as well – friendly, when the windows not only is it delicious, but are open in the summertime every time it’s ordered, one it becomes an even more Patrick Garland, Chef/Owner dollar is donated to the appealing place, with diners Cornerstone Housing for literally drawn in off the sideWomen, a local shelter. walk thanks to the lively An inventive cocktail menu and diverse mood obvious within. range of local beers on tap adds to Absinthe’s “We are so proud to have achieved a perappeal as a drop-in spot. “It’s a fun place to fect blend of casual and professional. Our come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a food and service are top notch, but the vibe is cocktail or a glass of wine,” adds Chef more laid back, which I prefer,” says Chef Garland. “Appetizers are great because it’s Garland. “I think that’s part of the magic that easier sometimes to push the boundaries with has helped us make it to 10 years. All our them compared to entrees. As an example, I friends in the neighbourhood should keep recently offered up a terrific appetizer called their ears open as we’re planning a party at KBQ – Korean Barbequed Quail.” the end of the summer to celebrate this mileWhile he updates his menus frequently, stone.”

“It’s a fun place to come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a cocktail or a glass of wine.”

Asked what he hopes guests might say after dining at Absinthe, Pat jokingly says, “I hope they can taste the blood, sweat and tears we put into our jobs every day. Seriously, though, I truly hope they feel that the service was great and every dish was made with love.” Chef Garland is proud of his restaurant’s continued success, but quick to share the praise. “My team is my greatest asset. I know we are all proud of what we are doing together at Absinthe and we look forward to serving many more years of great food here.”

Absinthe Café

1208 Wellington Street West Ph | 613.761.1138 www.absinthecafe.ca


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While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant.

A Hintonburg tradition since 2003

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t’s almost certain that your first visit to Absinthe Café won’t be your last. Once you experience the inventive, appealing food and the welcoming atmosphere, it will likely become a spot you want to return to time and again.

Absinthe spent its first four years in a cozy spot on Holland Avenue but outgrew the space quickly as word spread of its impressive food and impeccable service. In 2007, Chef/ Owner Patrick Garland, who grew up in Hintonburg, relocated the café to a fabulous new, larger venue on Wellington Street West. With its dark hardwood floors, soft lighting and Venetian plaster walls, the décor at Absinthe is a perfect complement to its cuisine. There is an understated elegance that suggests that while the atmosphere is deliberately casual, the food will surely surprise and delight. In fact, the restaurant’s eye-catching bright green foil accent wall typifies the wow factor for which Absinthe’s food has become famous. While the menu may hint at fine dining, Absinthe is proud to remain an unpretentious neighbourhood place rather than a special occasion restaurant. “I like to use classic techniques to prepare contemporary Canadian soul food,” explains Chef/Owner Patrick Garland. “While we change things up regularly, a dish like our very popular steak frites will always be on the menu. Just as our space is warm and comfortable; our food is timeless and will never go out of style.” “The food is very much influenced by my

own travels,” says Chef Garland. “It’s an Chef Garland is especially delighted to be increasingly global world and as we all have unveiling some new dishes this month thanks more access to interesting information and to the beginning of a new growing season. As ingredients, it’s fun to be able to incorporate a proud Savour Ottawa member, Absinthe’s these things into my cooking. I live in the menu always showcases the finest local ingreheart of Chinatown so there is a lot if inspira- dients, some harvested just outside the kitchtion at hand every day. I also think that glo- en in Chef ’s raised bed herb garden. balization is helping people to become more “Spring means more lightly sautéed prepaadventuresome in terms of rations rather than slow their food choices.” braises, and lots of fresh proAbsinthe is a consistently duce. I’m excited to get my popular lunchtime spot, hands on asparagus, ramps, thanks to a menu inspired by morels, fiddleheads and global classics. You might more. And I’m already find pizza or trout agnolotti, dreaming about the bounty boeuf bourguignon or Thai of summer – especially things chicken curry. You’ll always like peaches and tomatoes. “ find Absinthe’s famous While the atmosphere at Benevolent Burger – it’s a Absinthe is always warm and dinnertime staple as well – friendly, when the windows not only is it delicious, but are open in the summertime every time it’s ordered, one it becomes an even more Patrick Garland, Chef/Owner dollar is donated to the appealing place, with diners Cornerstone Housing for literally drawn in off the sideWomen, a local shelter. walk thanks to the lively An inventive cocktail menu and diverse mood obvious within. range of local beers on tap adds to Absinthe’s “We are so proud to have achieved a perappeal as a drop-in spot. “It’s a fun place to fect blend of casual and professional. Our come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a food and service are top notch, but the vibe is cocktail or a glass of wine,” adds Chef more laid back, which I prefer,” says Chef Garland. “Appetizers are great because it’s Garland. “I think that’s part of the magic that easier sometimes to push the boundaries with has helped us make it to 10 years. All our them compared to entrees. As an example, I friends in the neighbourhood should keep recently offered up a terrific appetizer called their ears open as we’re planning a party at KBQ – Korean Barbequed Quail.” the end of the summer to celebrate this mileWhile he updates his menus frequently, stone.”

“It’s a fun place to come and enjoy a couple of appetizers and a cocktail or a glass of wine.”

Asked what he hopes guests might say after dining at Absinthe, Pat jokingly says, “I hope they can taste the blood, sweat and tears we put into our jobs every day. Seriously, though, I truly hope they feel that the service was great and every dish was made with love.” Chef Garland is proud of his restaurant’s continued success, but quick to share the praise. “My team is my greatest asset. I know we are all proud of what we are doing together at Absinthe and we look forward to serving many more years of great food here.”

Absinthe Café

1208 Wellington Street West Ph | 613.761.1138 www.absinthecafe.ca

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