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Ivan’s kabobs have been a Stittsville favourite since 1987

(Above: Ivan Saric, owner of Ivan’s Meat and Deli. Photo by Barry Gray.)

QUICK FACTS:

  • Ivan Saric’s parents were from what’s now Croatia, and opened a deli in Stittsville in 1987.
  • Croatia’s food history is greatly influenced by German, Hungarian, and Italian cuisine.
  • Most meat products sold are raised locally and free of antibiotics or hormones.

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JAZZ TO JAVA: How two guys named Paul ended up opening a coffee shop in Stittsville

(Above: Owners Paul Melsness (left) and Paul Jay in front of the coffee roaster at Gaia Java. All photos on this page by Barry Gray.)

QUICK FACTS

  • The two owners, both named Paul, met as singers in a vocal jazz group
  • They’ve developed an environmentally friendly system for roasting coffee beans that uses 25% of the energy of a typical system
  • Tips and donations from customers have helped raise over $7,500 for an aid project in Uganda

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A-MAZE-ING: Stittsville’s Rotary Club raises funds for a Peace Park… including a labyrinth

Rotary Peace Park map and plan
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(Press release from the Rotary Club.)

The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville is seeking donations to help build Ottawa’s first Peace Park with a labyrinth. In recognition of your donation of $200, you will be recognized by an inscription on a brick which will be part of the pathway to the labyrinth. Leave a lasting mark for generations to come with an engraved brick in Stittsville’s beautiful Bell Memorial Park.

Each brick will have 2 lines with each line fitting 12 characters (including spaces). Inscription could be a thoughtful way to celebrate  a loved one, children/grandchildren, group/organization.

For donation info, contact:
Theresa Qadri 613-620-6245
(theresaq@rogers.com)

Leo Maiorino 613-371-6975
(leom@mortgagebrokersottawa.com)

Eligible for tax receipts.

Check out our website : www.stittsvillerotary.com


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New winter golf studio launched in Stittsville

(Above: Chris Bernard has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry. Photo by Ron Patey

The new Chris Bernard Golf Academy Winter Studio is up and running in the heart of Stittsville.

“We’re open and welcoming golfers at 1498 Stittsville Main St. where players of all levels will be able to swing away in three hitting bays, use a state-of-the-art putting green and we will view and record swings on the latest FlightScope and V1 Swing technology,” said Bernard, who recently joined the staff at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Continue reading


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LETTER: Please no modern high-rise on Main Street!

(Above – the heritage building near Abbott and Stittsville Main, before it was demolished.)

Re: It came in like a wrecking ball: 1518 Stittsville Main Street demolished

You are asking for opinions on what the residents would like to have built at the site of Karl Skoff’s store. (You are calling it Bradley’s store when in fact, it was purchased by Karl Skoff in the early 1970’s.)

Mr. Skoff is now deceased, but it is still owned by his wife, Stasia, and I believe that as owner she has the say in what she wants built there.

PLEASE no modern high-rise. Let us have a new building of maximum 3 storeys that ties in with the heritage buildings along the Main Street, complete with gingerbread trim, etc.

The Stittsville Villa is gorgeous and the Poole Creek Manor is lovely also, so please give us more of that and much less of the terrible eyesore condos on Abbott St., and beside the Legion. (Also the hideous red and blue container-looking house on Main St.)More brick  and less plastic siding.

We’ve always been proud of our “little village” feel and would like to keep it that way. Quitters coffee shop blends in quite nicely, but let us keep the “container condos” to a minimum. Thanks for letting us voice an opinion.

Joan and Roy Palmer


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Toronto Star: “Kathleen Edwards calls it quits, opens Quitters Coffee”

Kathleen Edwards, the owner of Quitters on Stittsville Main, is featured in the Toronto Star today.

It’s a chilly mid-November afternoon, and the floor-to-ceiling windows facing out onto the downtrodden historic main street of this small-town-turned-exurb are frosted over with condensation. Inside, though, warmth all around: Small groups cluster under the glow of Edison bulbs, seated on vintage-shop furniture. Edwards is cheery and upbeat, serving top-notch espresso and home-made cookies and muffins, which she’s taken to baking herself.

…Quitters, which opened in September, isn’t so much an ending as a beginning. Edwards needed to push reset, and out here, just a short stretch from where she grew up, she’s done that much. After years of living gig to gig in tour buses and vans, Edwards walks five blocks to the café every morning to bake muffins and get ready for the day.

…One day, she happened on an old, unremarkable box of a building on Stittsville’s main street, with ratty blinds pulled down and moldy insulation tumbling out of the ceiling. “And I could see it. I knew it would be great,” she says. Signing a lease, she gamely hoisted a sledgehammer herself and started ripping apart the old to make way for the new.

… Edwards knew she had to do something different. She circled back home and looked around. Subdivisions and strip malls, commuters and anonymity. For the first time in ages, she had time to think. And what her mind settled on was building something solid, in a community of which she could be part.

… “I’m an excellent barista,” she laughs. “I had to realize: Fame is not acceptance, it doesn’t validate you as a person. It means nothing. You know what means something? Having people from the neighbourhood come in, getting to know them, seeing their families, and hearing them say ‘thank you for giving us a place to go.’ That’s . . . awesome.”

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Frame store owners right at home in Stittsville

Jim and Amy Walker own Walkerworks Framing on Beverly Street at Stittsville Main.  Walkerworks started as a home-based business on Fernbank Road, then a retail shop in Perth, before winding up in Stittsville. 

Their current spot is actually their second location since moving to Stittsville. They used to be next to the Legion across the street.  Not only do the Walkers own the shop, they also live right next door with their young family.

Walkerworks is one of the local businesses taking part in Support Local Stittsville on December 6, a day to encourage residents to discover our local shops and restaurants. You can see the full list of participating businesses here.

I visited their shop recently to ask them about their business and why they’ve chosen to live and work in Stittsville.

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‘Significant feedback’ delays Stittsville Main design plan to 2015

It’s back to the drawing board, but not quite to square one, for the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP).

In his weekly email newsletter to  residents on November 7, councillor Shad Qadri said that city staff will look at the policy proposal in the “early part of 2015”, instead of this month as originally planned. Continue reading


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Stittsville couple opens pool supply shop on Stittsville Main

Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa
Scott and Angie Jessiman, owners of 4 Season Pool & Spa

 

Bucket of cholorine with your double-double?

Scott and Angie Jessiman opened a pool supply and services company at the end of swimming season in a retail plaza on Stittsville Main Street.  They’re confident the business will take off, thanks to a large concentration of backyard pools and hot tubs in the area — and a prime location next to some high-traffic stores. Continue reading


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Quitters Coffee is now open on Stittsville Main Street

Quitters Coffee, the new cafe owned by Kathleen Edwards, opened on Saturday. It’s just on Stittsville Main Street, just south of Abbott. Thanks to Rochelle James for the heads up!

James says: “Excellent excuse to leave the cars at home and walk in the Village.  So the plan now is they have coffee – good coffee – and tea and a few others beverages. Eventually artisanal snacks and then salads lunches etc. It’s on its feet now and will progressively get moving! Good music too – and for me, that’s key to wanting to visit . They’re using Pilot Coffee from Toronto – said they’ve known the roastery for years, loved the coffee and Pilot has helped guide them with Quitters equipment.  ”

Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎

 

 


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Here’s the new logo for Quitters Coffee

Stittsville seems to be a bit obsessed with Quitters Coffee, the new cafe that Kathleen Edwards is opening on Main Street later this month.

We posted two articles about Quitters on our web site last week which became the top two most-read stories of the week.  We think that any excitement about new businesses on Stittsville Main is a good thing, so we’re happy to fuel the obsession in any way that we can.

Earlier today graphic designer Steve St. Pierre posted this on Twitter:

Quitters logo by Steve St. Piierre
Quitters Coffee logo by Steve St. Piierre

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Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters Coffee is hiring

This could be one of the most coveted jobs in Stittsville.

Quitters Coffee, a new cafe opening later this month on Stittsville Main Street, is hiring. It’s owned by one of Stittsville’s most famous residents, musician Kathleen Edwards.

Edwards posted this photo to her Twitter account yesterday:

Sign posted on the front of Quitters on Main Street.
Sign posted on the front of Quitters on Main Street. Photo via Twitter

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It came in like a wrecking ball: 1518 Stittsville Main Street demolished

Demolition of 1518 Main
Photo courtesy of Marisa Dube

Demolition of the old Bradley’s General Store building at 1518 Stittsville Main Street started at 7am today. By 10am it was a pile of bricks.  A fire destroyed the building in September 2013.  Although it had heritage designation, the building was deemed to be structurally unsound.

No word yet on what will replace the building, or when.


What would you like to see built on this property?  Add your comments below or send a note to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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