A number of Ottawa boutique owners heading into their first Christmas season say they’re feeling optimistic about sales despite the opening of retail giants such as H&M and Target.
“I’m pretty dialed into how people shop,” said Mandy Gosewich, owner of Stunning, a new fashion accessories store in ByWard Market. “At the end of the day what it all boils down to is assortment, what you bring into your store, and service.”
Gosewich, a fourth generation ByWard market business owner, opened her accessories shop in May of this year. She said her shop has something for everyone, from $12 earring studs to statement necklaces selling for hundreds of dollars.
Coming from magazines, I’m not used to writing news stories on short deadlines. On Tuesday I wrote my first “day of” story on the Ottawa City Council passing its five-year cycling plan and what that means for the expansion of winter cycling infrastructure. Please head over to the Winter Times to read the full story.
In fall 2012 Aashish and I headed to Europe for 10 days, touching down in Berlin and Budapest. Although both are very interesting places to see as a tourist, I preferred Berlin . It’s cosmopolitan and modern with a beautiful sense of history (millions upon millions of dollars have been spent to restore buildings destroyed during the Second World War). There’s good transit, friendly people and a rapidly improving culinary scene (although to be honest, I really like Currywurst.)
Before I left Avenue this summer, I wrote up a short travel story for the magazine about what to see and do in Berlin. It is now online.
This an Ellen interview with a plus-size model, Robyn Lawley, so of course you have to be expect it’s going to be awesome. But I really appreciate the message. After Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon, said women without a thigh gap just aren’t meant to wear the company’s pants (he’s since had to apologize for those remarks), it’s nice to get a little positivity for bodies that aren’t 5’2″ and size zero, or whatever the ideal is supposed to be. Of course, a model is still a model and at 6’2″ and size 12, Lawley definitely fits the conventional idea of what we consider to be slim.