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Dandelion Consignment announces closure

(Dandelions owner Sandra Edwards, December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(Sorry to hear about the closure of Dandelion Consignment on Stittsville Main Street.  Owner Sandra Edwards posted a note on the store’s Facebook page today – see below. We wrote about her back in December 2015, and her efforts to have a positive impact on people in need locally and around the world.  Good luck Sandy with whatever comes next. -GG.)

We regret to inform you of our closure

Over the past 6 years I have done everything to try to keep this business running for all of us. Unfortunately with all the increases in expenses and rent I am not able to continue Dandelions Consignment. Over past 6 years, I have not taken a salary for myself in order to continue to give you the best service possible. My family and I are deeply grieved at this closure.

First Priority to you our Consignor

It is in my best effort to be the fairest to you my faithful clients. I am unable to do any payouts due to lack of revenue. However we do not want you our consignors to be at a total loss, so we are offering you store credit in lue of money. Consignors will have the opportunity to use store credit on items in the store. I will be opening the store on Tuesday and Wednesday to consignors only. We hope to see you on these days so we can convey our deepest apology to you in person.
We will be closed on Monday

We are closed this Monday in order to put aside all of the consignment that is belonging to you the consignor. This will be placed in bins and labeled for you to pick up. The only items that will be sold are the items that are the property of Dandelions.

If you have further concerns please contact me via email ms.sandy.edwards@gmail.com

Inside Dandelion Kids store on Stittsville Main Street Photo by Barry Gray.
Inside Dandelion Kids. December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.

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REVIEW: Cabela’s interactive experience is right on target

(Editor’s note: We sent Stittsville neighbour Coreen Tyers to a media preview on Tuesday of the new Cabela’s store, across the street from Tanger Outlets in Kanata. The store opens to the public on September 22. All photos by Coreen Tyers.)

The store is gorgeous, well lit, and carries a varied selection without being overwhelming. With 70,000 square feet of floor space, the store is very well laid out and signed and each interest has a section, whether it be camping, fishing (fly fishing has its own corner), hunting with bows or guns, technical clothing, preparing ands preserving what you’ve caught, to home decor and camo lingerie too. Continue reading


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Cafe-florist-bike shop set to open on Stittsville Main

(PHOTO: Thom Johnson will run Steelwool Cycleworks, the bike shop, and Kat Kosk will run Blumenstudio, the cafe-florist.)

UPDATE (AUGUST 6): They’re not quite ready to open yet. Posted to their Twitter feed yesterday: “.we still have a bit of tweaking to do .trims details bathroom & so on .please stay tuned for stittsville”


Stittsville will get a taste of trendy Hintonburg when Blumenstudio opens its doors on Saturday.

The new location will be at 1564 Stittsville Main Street, in the cinder block building that’s also home to Capital Cabinetry.  Renovations have recently been underway to replace bricks with windows at the front, creating a street-side retail space.

I dropped in on Friday night and met Kat Kosk, Thom Johnson and Paul Idone, the trio who are behind the venture. They were expecting a late night ahead as they prepared for a partial opening on Saturday.

Idone was building a bar near the front for the coffee part of the business, Kosk was moving in plants (lots of cacti and big leafy greens) and Johnson was building a web site on his laptop. Kosk’s dog was there to keep them company.

Idone owns the cabinetry business, and Johnson his business partner.  Johnson will run the bike part of the business, under the name Steelwool Cycleworks. Johnson’s also an owner at Talltree Cycles on Wellington Street in Hintonburg.

Kosk owns Blumenstudio on Parkdale Avenue in Hintonburg.  It’s a popular high-end floral shop and cafe that’s been open since March 2011.  The location in Stittsville will follow the same concept.

Cactus at blumenstudio
Cactus!

 

Kosk said they had lots of neighbours dropping by today to say hello, and they’re looking forward to meeting more Stittsville residents when they open on Saturday. Johnson’s bike shop should open a couple of weeks.

It’s great to see another interesting indie shop opening up on Stittsville Main Street. Welcome to the neighbourhood!


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Local consignment store has a global impact

(Above: Sandra Edwards, the owner oinds Dandelions Consignment. Photo by Barry Gray.)

It’s often been said that it is better to give than receive.

Sandra Edwards, owner of Dandelions Consignment, has embraced that philosophy. Not just for the Christmas season, but as a way of life.

Her generous nature goes back to her childhood. “We would get a care package from Newfoundland,” she said. “We would sit on the floor and go through stuff. I did the same with my own family.” Continue reading


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Saturday craft and flea market at Ritchie Feed and Seed in November

(Press release)

The sun poured through the greenhouse as vendors set up their wares at the first of four Saturday craft and flea market events last weekend at Ritchie Feed and Seed in Richmond.

The first Saturday opened with a variety of goods and goodies for the buyer at 5901 Ottawa Street. Ritchie invited vendors with wares ranging from garage sales type items to elegant crafts. Tables that otherwise would be full of plants for the gardener were heaped with selections of items to appeal to the treasure hunter and the gift buyer. Continue reading


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Third “All That Glam” jewelry sale raises money for Nunavut

A photo from last year's All That Glam event
A photo from last year’s All That Glam event.

As a student in grade 12, I began a charity event called ALL THAT GLAM, a sale of gently-used jewelry and handbags to raise money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut. From those two sales, and with corporate fund matching, the All That Glam Committee has donated over $40,000 to much-needed breakfast programs in Nunavut.

We are now in the midst of planning the 3rd annual fundraiser which will take place at the Richcraft Community Center in Kanata on November 28  from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and brand-name handbags. Our silent auction features some beautiful brand-name bags or unique pieces of jewelry. Continue reading


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Gendron Antiques to close as owners get set for retirement

(Above Marc and Line Gendron in front of the bright red-and-green barn near Hazeldean Road.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

Another local business with deep roots in Stittsville has announced it will be closing its doors. Gendron Antiques and Productions will cease operations at the end of November this year. The company will then have until December 31 to move out and pass the building on to new ownership.

“The whole reason behind the sale is retirement,” says owner Marc Gendron.  Despite continued success for the business, he and his wife Line are ready for the next chapter in their lives. “We’re getting up to the age where we really want to take time for ourselves and we had an offer for the property we couldn’t refuse.”

The company has been family owned and operated since 1965. Marc Gendron’s parents started the company a half-century ago, with his father purchasing items and his mother refinishing them. The company grew slowly at the old Stittsville Flea Market across the street from their current location. Since 2002, Marc and Line have operated out of their current location at 1145 Carp Road near Hazeldean.

The Gendrons might have decided it is time to move on, but they insist that they are not closing the business entirely. “We’re not going to open another store, we’re just going to ‘wheel and deal’ a bit, probably going to go to the old flea market and sell stuff off, maybe put some in consignment somewhere. But we really want to reduce the scale.”

Moreover, Marc ensures the family tradition will live on through his son Nicolas.

“My son is going to be renting the workshop in the back of the property from the future owner. He’s going to be using that shop for a year; he may renew it after that. He’s going to continue building things, new and reclaimed wood, fireplace, mantel, stuff like that. He’s also going to be doing furniture repair and refinishing.”

Whether or not Nicolas decides to get into the antiques remains to be seen. As it stands, his role will focus strictly on reproduction.

The familiar green and red barn will remain at its current location and the new owners have plans to renovate the interior in 2016.

“Unfortunately I’m not at liberty, from the new owners, to say what’s going in there yet because it could jeopardize the plans. But the people were customers of ours and they always liked the building. They have a business and they decided that this would be perfect for it,” said Marc.

Marc and Line Gendron recently purchased a property in Carleton Place and have plans to settle down there. They may continue to sell some antiques, hoping to eventually dissolve their vast inventory that has been collected over decades in the business. Marc says he and his wife look forward to retirement. “We are able to enjoy life and do some traveling. Plus we’ve been working weekends since we were 15 years old – we want to have a bit of a life, you know!”

The business has been getting plenty of feedback from the community, with some people expressing their disappointment about the closure. “It’s sad. We have mixed feelings,” Marc agrees.

Yet with his tentative plans to operate part time in Carleton Place and his son carrying the torch in Stittsville, he ensures that people won’t be hearing the last of the Gendron family.

“We won’t be far away.”


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“Geeked Out” toy sale coming to old Kanata Target location August 29-30

The Ottawa Chapter of The Doctor Who Society of Canada (DWSC) and members of the Canadian Dalek Empire will be invading the Geeked Out Limited Edition Toy & Collectible Sale on Saturday August 29 & Sunday August 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the former Target location in Hazeldean Mall, Kanata, Ontario. Admission is $2.

Everyone is invited to pose inside the Ottawa TARDIS or be brave and stand beside the Daleks – donations will be accepted on behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). ALL proceeds will be directed towards the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

More info: http://www.geekedouttoys.com


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Harvey & Vern’s Lime Soda flavour at Brown’s #supportlocalstittsville

Brown’s Independent on Stittsville Main Street has about 50 cases of the new Harvey & Vern’s Lime Soda. When I went in on Saturday it was right at the front next to the sushi bar.

Harvey & Vern’s is produced and bottled locally, and owner Paul Meek lives in Stittsville.

You can also get a bottle at Quitters and at the Cheshire Cat.

Found these at Brown's Independent on #Stittsville Main. #supportlocalstittsville

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Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH confirms Kanata store

Turns out the speculation was true: Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH is opening at Tanger Outlets in 2016.  Here’s the official press release.

Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH is excited to reveal its first three store locations in Canada as it prepares to enter the Canadian marketplace next year. Three Ontario cities – Ottawa, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Vaughan (just north of Toronto) – will welcome Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores in spring 2016. This much–anticipated announcement identifies the first of up to 25 locations that Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plans to open nationwide. Continue reading


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Stereo and tv shop pulls the plug on Stittsville location

Stereo Plus and Design - end-of-lease sign, April 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.
Stereo Plus and Design – end-of-lease sign, April 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.

Stereo Plus and Design has pulled the plug on their Stittsville location on Stittsville Main Street. They were located next to the Farm Boy in a building that used to be home to the Beer Store. It had been open there for about 18 months, according to general manager Jason Miller.

Miller tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that the lease was up and they closed it down because it was in the wrong location.

“(It) wasn’t busy enough to merit staying open. We’ll be back in the west end at some point when it makes sense,” he says.

The store’s Orleans location is still open Miller says they’re happy to serve west end clientele.


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Pretty Pots is a vault of local history

(Above: Pretty Pots owner Shannon Gorman, in front of the flower cooler. All photos by Barry Gray.)

There’s a lot of hidden history in Stittsville, sometimes you just have to stop and smell the flowers to find it.

The white building on Stittsville Main Street that’s home to Pretty Pots Flower Shop is a good example. The old frame house dates back until at least 1885 when it was used as a general store. From 1918-1968, it was home to the Royal Bank.  The old bank safe has been converted into a flower cooler. Continue reading


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Luxury store Saks could open at Kanata Tanger Outlets this spring

UPDATE: Confirmed for Spring 2016.

For a brief period on Thursday, the Tanger Outlets Kanata website included a listing for Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, a luxury department store owned by Hudson’s Bay Company.

The listing was on the store directory at location 750, a large space on the north-west side of the outlet mall.  The listing has since been removed. Continue reading


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New fitness club could be coming to Carp Road

The City of Ottawa has received a site plan control application for 6303 Hazeldean Road (at Carp Road): “The application is proposing to revise two buildings previously approved, which have not yet been constructed, in order to accommodate an athletic facility in one building and a restaurant, retail store or bank in the other.”

Architectural drawings for the athletic facility include signage for a Goodlife Fitness. The building would be located on the north end of the site near where Kungfu Bistro is today. The other building is describe as being “similar in size to the Tim Horton’s.” The site is owned by Crombie Property Holdings Limited.

The City of Ottawa is accepting comments from the public about the plan. Click here for more info…


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GUEST POST: “Buy Nothing” group is about much, much more

“You need to declutter”. This is a phrase I say over and over in my profession as a realtor.

So when I caught wind of a new Facebook group in Stittsville called “Buy Nothing Stittsville,” I was intrigued. My initial thought was this would be a great resource for my clients to get rid of their clutter and make the job of getting their home ready to list that much easier. I also thought that maybe I could do a little purging myself, as my own basement has become overrun with unused items! I joined the group and what I have witnessed over the last few months is nothing short of unbelievable. Continue reading


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