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Where to Shop Ottawa

Hiking Gear at MEC

The MEC High Jinx 16 Daypack is perfect for toting your gear around on a hike.

The MEC High Jinx 16 Daypack is perfect for toting your gear around on a hike.

Blue skies and balmy weather may entice you to get outdoors and hit the trails, so you’ll want to make sure you’re well equipped for a day under the sun. The lightweight MEC High Jinx 16 Daypack is great for storing water bottles, umbrellas, sunscreen, and snacks. Its breathable padded straps will keep you comfortable and cool, whether you’re a serious hiker or just looking for a hands-free way to carry your things around town day-to-day. $28.
•Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700. mec.ca

Scents and Sensibility: Saje in the Rideau Centre

Saje's aromatherapy products can help heal everything from headaches to sleep disturbances.

Saje’s aromatherapy products can help heal everything from headaches to sleep disturbances.

Ancient wisdom suggests that certain aromas can alter mood and trigger healing in the body and mind. Saje Natural Wellness operates on this principle, stocking its shelves with an array of soothing sprays, mists, oils, and lotions that claim to remedy everything from stress to headaches to sleep disturbances. They also have diffusers, nebulizers, and jewellery to help you disperse your scents.
•Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-789-0440, saje.ca

Second Skin: ça va de soi on Sussex Drive

The family owned ça va de soi designs cozy, lightweight knitwear.

The family owned ça va de soi designs cozy, lightweight knitwear.

The family-owned ça va de soi specializes in natural fibers, including Egyptian cotton and Merino wool, and the knitwear they produce is tasteful, timeless, and cozy. Simply stopping in at the boutique to browse is an experience in and of itself. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, so don’t be surprised when they spend an hour helping you choose the products that are best suited to your body type.
•459 Sussex Dr., 613-789-2828, cavadesoi.com
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Nordstrom Now Open at the Rideau Centre

Nordstrom opened in Ottawa on March 6.

Nordstrom, now open in Ottawa, carries high end names in apparel, beauty, footwear, and more.

Now open in Ottawa, Nordstrom is one of North America’s biggest names in retail. Covering apparel for women, men, and children, along with accessories, shoes, and beauty products, Nordstrom also offers services that run the gamut from personal stylists to beauty specialists to certified shoe fitters. And if you’re hungry after all that shopping, its full service restaurant, Bazille, will help you fuel up again.
•Nordstrom in the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-567-7005. ca.nordstrom.com

Local Love: The Ottawa Necklace

Reminiscent of a heart, this necklace by designer Lissa Bowie is shaped like the Ottawa region.

Reminiscent of a heart, this necklace by designer Lissa Bowie is shaped like the Ottawa region.

Why not take a piece of Ottawa home for Valentine’s Day? Local jewellery designer Lissa Bowie has created a pendant in the shape of the Ottawa region, available in either tumbaga — a blend of brass and copper — or sterling silver. It also looks like a heart, which makes it a great gift for that special someone! Available at Magpie Jewellery. From $22.

•Westboro: 430 Richmond Rd., 613-686-3989
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•Rideau Centre: 50 Rideau St., 613-562-0101
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•Glebe: 799 Bank St., 613-233-2065
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Nordik Spa-Nature

The Scandinavian baths at Nordik Spa-Nature are the perfect way to dispel those winter blues.

The Scandinavian baths at Nordik Spa-Nature are the perfect way to dispel those winter blues.

When the winter blues get you down, there’s no better place to lift your spirits than in the hot baths at Nordik Spa-Nature. This spa, located in the picturesque Gatineau Hills, offers massages and body treatments, a range of hot and cold Scandinavian baths, and a full-service restaurant with an extensive menu. Try the spa’s new Källa pool, a subterranean space filled with saline water that mimics conditions in the Dead Sea — it’s a great way to stimulate creativity, encourage physical and emotional well being, and purify the body!
•Nordik Spa-Nature, 16, ch. Nordik, Old Chelsea, 819-827-1111, lenordik.com
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Skin Saver: Kiehl’s at the Rideau Centre

Kiehl's famous Crème de Corps is great for bringing back moisture to your skin on those cold winter days.

Kiehl’s famous Crème de Corps is great for bringing back moisture to your skin on those cold winter days.

Kiehl’s butter yellow Crème de Corps has been a favourite among its patrons for well over 30 years, and with good reason: it’s rich in skin healthy ingredients such as beta carotene, cocoa butter, and sesame oil. Whether you suffer from dry, flaking skin or are simply looking to switch to a new moisturizer, it’s a great addition to any wintertime skincare routine. From $12.50.
•Kiehl’s in the Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-236-6565, kiehls.ca

Footwear for Frosty Days

The Salomon Hime Mid Winter Boot, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op, will keep your feet warm and dry during winter.

The Salomon Hime Mid Winter Boot, available at Mountain Equipment Co-op, will keep your feet warm and dry during these frosty winter months.

You’ll need hardy footwear to negotiate Ottawa’s towering snow banks and icy sidewalks. The Hime Mid Winter Boot, manufactured by renowned sports equipment company Salomon, is perfect for keeping snow out and heat in. It’s waterproofed with split suede and coated leather, while its wool lining keeps toes nice and warm. $149. —Amy Allen
•Mountain Equipment Co-op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700. mec.ca

‘Tis the Season: 10 Christmas Markets and Craft Shows

BY KELSEY KROMODIMOELJO

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

The Christmas Market at the Canadian Museum of History is just one of many across the city that features handmade items by Ottawa artisans. (Photo: Canadian Museum of History)

When coffee-lovers switch from pumpkin spice to eggnog lattes, you know the holiday shopping season has arrived! This year we’ve seen big transformations at Ottawa’s major shopping centres, but 2014 is also bringing more festive fun, with lots of Christmas markets and craft shows appearing across the city. A trip to any one of these holiday troves will have you picking up one-of-a-kind gifts and supporting local. Go on — it’s time to make your list and check it twice!

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Holiday Gift Guide: What To Buy in Ottawa

CBC Radio Bag

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without the time-honoured tradition of shopping. Whether you’re browsing for yourself or your loved ones, we’ve compiled a list of Ottawa’s best gift ideas.

Red Canoe’s line of backpacks, duffel bags, and toiletry kits is inspired by Canadian icons such as the CBC and the Royal Canadian Air Force. The CBC Radio Bag is lightweight, durable, and perfect for day-to-day adventures. It’s available at Drake General Store, which recently opened its new location at The Bay in the ByWard Market. $40.
•Drake General Store at The Bay, 73 Rideau St., 613-241-7511, drakegeneralstore.ca

 

Say It With Style: Paper Papier in Ottawa

Paper Papier in the ByWard Market offers a wide selection of paper products, along with a new floral division.

Paper Papier in the ByWard Market offers a wide selection of paper products, along with a new floral division.

At those times when a Hallmark card just won’t cut it, Paper Papier might have what you’re looking for. The independently owned shop is bursting with quirky wrapping paper and greeting cards, notepads, games, decorative ribbon, scrapbooks, and writing tools (including quills). It offers customized stationery for just about any occasion, and in early 2014, it launched Fleurissant, a new floral division inspired by the metro stations of Art Nouveau Paris. —Amy Allen
•Paper Papier, 18 Clarence St., 613-241-1212. paperpapier.com

The Snow Goose in Ottawa

The Snow Goose, located at the Sparks Street Mall since the ’60s, offers fine Native and Inuit art and gifts.

A staple at the Sparks Street Mall, The Snow Goose has been specializing in authentic Inuit and Native art since 1963. Its shelves house a colourful selection of prints, sculptures, handmade dolls, clothing, and assorted gifts, including moccasins, mukluks, baskets, and dinnerware. Don’t miss the hand-carved, hand-painted west coast masks — they’re a true feat of precision and artistry. —Amy Allen
•The Snow Goose, 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213. snowgoose.ca
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