The Unrefined Olive sells olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the globe — and they let you try it first!
The Unrefined Olive brings the flavours of Italy to the Glebe. This little shop boasts a tasting bar, where patrons can sample the freshest premium extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars from Modena. They currently carry a number of olive oils from around the world, including California, Chile, Australia, and Tunisia. —Amy Allen
•The Unrefined Olive, 151 A Second Ave., 613-231-3133. unrefinedolive.com
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Terra20 is your one-stop-shop for all things environmentally-friendly. You’ll find clothes, beauty products, cleaning supplies, and even toys for the little one.
Green reigns supreme at terra20. The 15,000-square-foot store is a one-stop-shop for everything eco-friendly: sustainable fashion, cleaning products, toys, and a lot more. The selection is huge — over 12,000 products — and staff are very knowledgeable. We love the soaps from Purple Urchin: the Ottawa-based company makes bath and body products that smell good enough to eat, and are pure enough that you could. Another big draw is the store’s Ecobar — the largest of its kind in North America, the bar allows customers to fill and refill reusable containers with a range of green house-cleaning products that are mixed on site.
•2865 Iris St., 855-837-7220, terra20.com
Looking for some versatile, sturdy carry-on bags for the flight home? This LIFTwo garment bag, available at Ottawa Leather Goods, will keep your clothes crisp.
Keep your clothes crisp and clean with Samsonite’s LIFTwo Carry-on Wheeled Garment Bag. Redesigned to weigh in less than its competition, this little guy delivers on practicality and ease-of-use. The four multi-directional wheels make it incredibly easy to steer with minimal effort. Open it up to find two mesh pockets in the top corners — wasted space in other garment bags — and a spot to hang your clothes, complete with gentle compression straps that keep everything in place. And the paddled laptop pocket allows you to bring your business along without needing an extra bag. $320.
•Ottawa Leather Goods, 179 Sparks St., 613-232-4656. ottawaleathergoods.com
Recently opened at Bayshore, Express can meet all your wardrobe needs. (Photo: Tina Picard)
Known for its sophisticated line that acts as a magnet for fashion-forward individuals, Express recently dropped into Ottawa with its first store in Bayshore Shopping Centre in the city’s west end. It has plans to open a second location at the end of the summer in the Rideau Centre. For men, find quality shirts in three pinpoint fits that will help you transition from the boardroom to the lounge. For women, chic business wear ensures you’ll stand out. And there are plenty of casual and sexy options that will round out your entire wardrobe.
•100 Bayshore Dr., 613-828-2171. express.com
H&M’s first store in Ottawa at Bayshore Shopping Centre
Retail giant H&M opens its first store in Ottawa at Bayshore Shopping Centre. The store, known for stylish threads at bargain prices, takes over a 23,000 sq. ft. space inside the west-end Ottawa mall. It may have taken H&M over nine years to enter Ottawa, but they made up for it with a wide array of women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories.
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