Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
END OF THE LINE FOR TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES
Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.
Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.
A new year means a new adventure. I'm starting off 2017 wrestling for the Mumbai Maharathi as part of the Indian Professional Wrestling League. Our first match is tonight against the Haryana Hammers 😜 (they have some okay players on their team.. like Sophia Mattson & Abdulsalem Gadisov) . I'm equal parts nervous and excited for this crazy opportunity. . Let's do this. 👊🏻 . #wrestling #india #2017 #worlddomination
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) January 2, 2017
Tough day at the office. 😳😜 pic.twitter.com/vcbGRlpmsZ
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) January 5, 2017
Andddd we're off! Team Canada visits the troops in Greece, Kuwait, & Ukraine! 4 days, 3 countries ✈️ let's go. 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/RKCxAmQBzG
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) December 18, 2016
HELPING KIDS STRETCH THEIR ALLOWANCE DOLLARS
I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.
As of Jan 1st slide fee @ the GRC pool has been eliminated. The slide will now be open free of charge during regularly scheduled public swim
— Shad Qadri (@ShadQadri) January 3, 2017
TWEET TWEET TWEET
— Josh Fudge (@rogerfudgerer) January 5, 2017
— Jåßōñ Rūtgër (@teacherace) January 4, 2017
— Ottawa Fire Services (@OttFire) January 5, 2017
The people at @StittsCentral put together everything I'd want in a (truly) local news service. they're doing a good thing.
— kev needham (@deadsquid) December 27, 2016
…plus one pic from Instagram…
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