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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ça va de soi in Ottawa’s ByWard Market sells high-end knits, perfect for chilly weather, that will last a lifetime
Keep warm with quality knits this fall and winter. ça va de soi, a family-owned company, operated for years as a wholesaler before opening boutique stores in Ottawa, in the ByWard Market, and Montreal. Their mission: bring the best materials from Italy and Egypt, assemble with top-notch spinning techniques, and deliver a product that survives trends. Prices are on the high end, but with simple care instructions and built-to-last design, these pieces will become wardrobe staples. Run your hands over the luxurious knits, and you’ll understand why their name means “it goes without saying.”
• ça va de soi, 459 Sussex Dr., 613-789-2828, cavadesoi.com
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Find the next piece for your home at The Modern Shop in downtown Ottawa
Add a dash of modernity to your home. The Modern Shop, in the ByWard Market in downtown Ottawa, carries over 20,000 products, from accessories and lighting, to furniture from brands such as Muuto, Mooi, Jonathan Adler, Foscarini, Hay, and Modernica. Peruse their incredible selection to find the piece that’s just right for you, or allow the store to stoke your imagination during your time in Ottawa — they offer free shipping to Canada and the USA on orders over $99, so you can make your decision from the comfort of your own home.
• 541 Sussex Dr., 877-748-0387, themodernshop.ca
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Ottawa Store Snow Goose has been selling its authentic Aboriginal arts and crafts for over five decades.
For five decades Ottawa’s Snow Goose has been the spot in the capital to find genuine Aboriginal art and crafts. The store along the Sparks Street Mall in downtown Ottawa includes Inuit sculptures, woodcarvings from Canada’s west coast, and crafts such as moccasins, Iroquois masks, totems, dreamcatchers, and quillwork. Everything you find here is authentic and truly Canadian. And Snow Goose’s staff is knowledgeable on all aspects of their products and the cultures from which they come. A great spot to find a gift for yourself, or for friends and family when in Ottawa!
• 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213, www.snowgoose.ca
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Ottawa Shopping: Joe Fresh opens its first standalone
Canadian designer Joe Mimran brings his popular Joe Fresh store to Ottawa. While Mimran’s fashionable line — which has turned into a massive success — has been available in the city for some time, this is Joe Fresh’s first stand-alone store in Ottawa. The clean, modern space, which recently opened in the St. Laurent Centre, covers an impressive 971,000 square feet that is filled with apparel for the whole family, plus beauty products and accessories.
• St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., Unit 209, 613-745-6858. www.joefresh.ca
Visit our sister publication Ottawa Magazine to read a Q&A with Joe Mimran talking about Joe Fresh’s new Ottawa store.
Ottawa Shopping: Workshop Studio & Boutique offers innovative pieces made by Ottawa designers
Shopping for something special in Ottawa? Well, visit Ottawa’s Workshop Studio & Boutique for that exclusive piece you’ve been searching for. Started by two independent Ottawa designers, the store focuses on work from local women, as well as other collections from across the country. The studio is filled with unique handbags, accessories, clothing, home accessories and giftware that you’ll likely see nowhere else. The shop also offers a variety of classes for aspiring designers and crafters.
242 ½ Dalhousie St., 613-789-5534, www.workshopboutique.ca
The Ecobar, at Terra20, allows you to fill and refill reusable containers with green cleaning products mixed on site.
Green reigns supreme at Terra20. The 15,000 square-foot store, which opened this past September, is a one-stop-shop for everything eco-friendly: sustainable fashion, cleaning products, toys for kids, beauty loot, and lots more. The selection is huge — over 12,000 products — but staff are knowledgeable and more than happy to help you navigate the store. 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 (though for obvious reasons, we don’t recommend it). 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 onsite.
2685 Iris St., 1-855-837-7220, www.terra20.com.
Best Vintage and Consignment Stores in Ottawa (Photo: miltedflower)
Unique clothing and accessories are never far out of reach in Ottawa. Consignment stores and vintage boutiques abound, each offering their own take on classic and modern looks. Our helpful guide below will get you to all the best finds in the city, and even instruct you on how to put your pre-owned items up for sale in an Ottawa consignment store.
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BCBG Max Azria’s fall collection is the perfect fit for the season
One of this season’s greatest sartorial pleasures is trading flip-flops and short shorts for more sophisticated clothing in rich, harvest-inspired hues and lush fabrics. BCBG Max Azria’s fall 2012 runway collection features these luxuries in spades — camel, burgundy, chartreuse, and black are presented in bold, geometric patterns on flowy, 70s-inspired dresses and pants. Topped with a trench or a leather bomber (or fur, which was everywhere at BCBG’s runway show), the look (at right, $562) will take you through the cooler weather in style.
Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-288-2874, www.rideaucentre.com.
The Get Up Stand Up system embodies Bob Marley’s vision of authenticity, charity and sustainability
Inspired by Bob Marley, The House of Marley makes audio products that embody the reggae legend’s vision of equality, unity, authenticity, charity and sustainability (and look good doing it). The Get Up Stand Up Home Audio System ($349) is made of walnut and birch, and the enclosure, dock and trim rings are made from recycled plastic. Of course, the tabletop speaker dock gives great natural sound too, providing the listener with crisp detail and powerful bass.
Available at all Future Shop locations, including 1695 Merivale Rd., 613-688-1045.
The interior of Slaysh, the awesome board store that made our list of the best places to shop with teens in Ottawa (Photo: MYND’S i photography)
Travelling with teens is not always easy, but you can win them over on your family trip to Ottawa by surprising them with this list of amazing, cool shops. Our local experts have weeded out any touristy and lame spots to create this guide to the coolest shops for teens in Ottawa.
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With the change of seasons comes the excuse to buy new footwear. Why not invest in something stylish and practical? Sebago is known for its well-crafted, nautical-inspired footwear, and the fall 2012 collection is full of smart, go-anywhere boots and shoes for men and women. Each style (like the Saranac Tall lace, shown here) gives a rugged New England feel to any autumn ensemble. Sebago is available at nrml, 184 Rideau St., 613-562-2043, nrml.ca.