Archive for ◊ July, 2014 ◊

Author: admin
• Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Places to check out:
Pom Pom
Bucklands Fine Clothing
Clocktower Brew Pub
Corner Bar and Grill
Nicastro’s on Bank

The Glebe is a neighbourhood I’ve been dying to explore for quite some time. Lucky for me, my best friend just so happens to live in the heart of the Glebe so I had the perfect tour guide. She took me to the best places to see and be scene in the Glebe.

When I think of the Glebe, I think of unique restaurants, trendy stores and an all around exciting and cool atmosphere. What I especially like about the Glebe is that everything is within close proximity (grocery stores, drug stores, shopping, restaurants, salons), and it’s close enough to other neighbourhoods (Centretown, Preston St., the Byward Market). If, for some reason, you feel like venturing outside the Glebe (which I’m not sure why you would), everything is within walking distance or a short car ride.

The Glebe has been around since about 1900, as one of Ottawa’s first suburbs. Many of the houses built then are still around today. The Glebe stretches along Bank St. and has become a premier spot for dining and shopping.

I asked my friend who lives in the Glebe what her favourite part of the neighbourhood is. She began to tell me that its the attitude the Glebe has. Everyone you meet is unique, each store has special qualities about it and each restaurant appeals to every different appetite.

One of my favourite stores we checked out that day was PomPom. The best way to describe it is eclectic. You go in one week and see lots of amazing clothes, and the next week the store has completely new and different styles.

When describing The Glebe, I think it is important to discuss the new TD Place and the Ottawa REDBLACKS CFL team as well as the FC Ottawa Fury. With the stadium that hosts those teams home games , it is imperative to know where to have a quick bite before the game or a pint after a hard fought win. My fave places include Corner Bar and Grill and the Clocktower Brew Pub.

What’s also great is OC Transpo and STO have increased service on game days, and they also offer free rides with your ticket! They offer park and shuttle spots at different spots throughout the city and TD Place itself offers free bike storage as well! All the more reason to leave your car at home and just take public transit.
For more information about all the Glebe has to offer, be sure to check them out online at www.glebebia.com and on twitter at @GlebeBIA

Author: admin
• Wednesday, July 09th, 2014

Neighbourhood Watch: Westboro

Places to check out:
Whispers Pub and Eatery
The Savoy Brasserie
Churchill’s
lululemon Athletica
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Magpie Jewelry

As a local Ottawa girl, Westboro has been a place i’ve been countless times. I have family in the area, but I also just love the atmosphere the neighbourhood provides. Now, many confuse Hintonburg (the neighbourhood I covered last week) with Westboro, however they are two different areas that just so happen to be on the same stretch of road.

Located six kilometres west of Parliament Hill, Westboro stretches across Richmond Road from Island Park Drive to Golden Avenue. It is home to some of the best restaurants and coolest shops.

When visiting Westboro, it’s best to always wear comfy shoes, and even a pair of sunglasses. Everything is completely outside – entrances to shops and even some patios in the restaurants – so being prepared and protected is a must.

During my time in Westboro, I had to start with my morning latte. Luckily, there are many coffee shops and cafe’s to choose from. I got my coffee from Simply Biscotti. A simple, family owned and operated cafe with fresh food and great coffee. Not to fear, there’s a Starbucks and a Bridgehead nearby as well!

When I think of Westboro, I think of sporty, active people. These are the people that take regular yoga classes or find biking a better mode of transportation. If ever I’m in need of some new gear, Mountain Equipment Co-op is the place to go. As well as Bushtukah and Lulu Lemon!

Westboro has it all. Amazing restaurants, great shopping; you really can’t go wrong with visit here, whether you have an hour or the whole day.

Make sure to come on an empty stomach; I had the opportunity to try out this amazing restaurant called Corner Bar and Grill. They specialize in craft beers. So went with a classic fish and chip for lunch and an ice cold beer to wash it down. The wait staff knew their brews and the food was such an excellent portion you really can’t go wrong here. Because I was eating alone they made sure to spend a little extra time with me chatting and really making me feel like I was at home.

Finally, the best part of Westboro is the FREE street parking! So you don’t have to worry about coming back to fill up the metre or spending loads of money on parking! Check out Westboro online at www.westborovillage.com or on twitter at @westboroBIA