Books, Art, Cannabis & Knick Knack shops reopen in the Glebe

"We know how much you miss seeing your favourite shop owners, bumping into your neighbours at the local art gallery or catching up with an old friend while getting pet supplies.

With many of our shops back open in the Glebe, you can fall in love with the neighbourhood all over again. Some shops are fully open with restricted capacity limits, while others remain committed to curbside pick up & delivery.

All of our shops and restaurants in the Glebe adhere to public health guidelines and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of its patrons, its employees and workers.

Browse our bookstores, art gallery, cannabis shops and stationary supply stores below and shop local.

Octopus Books
613-233-2589
116 Third Avenue

While Octopus Books isn’t physically open in-store, they’ve been busy cranking out online orders since the pandemic hit. The local independent bookstore is taking online orders through their website, as well as offering gift certificates to book lovers. Visit them online today.

Studio Sixty Six
(613) 800-1641
858 Bank St unit 101

The reopening of art galleries in the province comes at the perfect time, as you will still have time to see local artist Claudia Gutierrez’s stunning textured work at Studio Sixty Six until June 27. Visit the studio or call ahead for an appointment.

The Flag Shop
(613) 789-5456
838 Bank Street

With the Habs sweeping their way to the NHL’s Conference Finals, it might be time to pick up a red and blue flag and start cheering for “Canada’s Team.” Order online or browse in store and Go Habs Go!

The Good Cannabis Company 
(613) 233-4663
809 Bank Street

If you’ve been following the Good Cannabis Company online, you know just how knowledgeable their staff is. With their weekly staff smoke sessions (usually paired with a classic rock album) you know that the bud tenders truly know what they are talking about. If you’re looking for a way to chill out in the evenings, something to boost your creativity or some pure CBD oil to help with any ailments, the Good Cannabis Company will get you what you need. Visit them in store today or online.

"Superette Cannabis Store
140 Fifth Avenue
(343) 984-5018

The Glebe’s newest Cannabis store is now open! The funky Superette cannabis store just off of Bank Street at Fifth Avenue offers a wide selection of dried flower, pre-rolls, CBD oils, edibles and a galaxy of product to help you get lifted. Visit them in-store today.

Cigarman Lansdowne
(613) 232-5111
105-900 Exhibition Way

There is a lot to celebrate these days with the Stay-at-Home order being lifted, social gathering being permitted and shops and patios reopening to the public. Why not pick up a celebratory stogie from Cigarman in the Glebe. Back open for in-store shopping, online shopping and curbside.

Stag Shop
757 Bank Street
613-288-0178

Spice things up at home a little bit with a trip to Stag Shop. The Adult Fun store is back open everyday except Sunday and is stocked with all sorts of fun adult toys, games and lingerie. Visit them in-store or online.

Crosstown Traffic
593 Bank Street
613-234-1210

Comic books, Knick knacks, collectibles, bongs, pipes and memorabilia. All that and more is what you’ll find at Crosstown Traffic, the Glebe’s “Countercultural Variety Store.” The shop is back open in the Glebe for all your unique needs. It’s a fun, hip shop that will have your eyes daring every which way. Visit them in-store today.

Chris Green Stamps
151-D Second Ave
613-421-3576

Has your stamp collection gotten stale during the pandemic? Freshen up your collection with a trip to Chris Green Stamps in the Glebe. Specializing in fine and rare stamps from around the world, Chris Green will wow you with its extensive collection – from single rare stamps to full collectible sets. Visit them online or in-store today.

House & Home shops are back open in the Glebe

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With things slowly returning to normal in Ottawa this summer, you may want to get back on track with any renovations, new projects or spruce up the kitchen or backyard for a summer of fun.

With the Stay-at-Home order officially lifted, backyard barbecues are back on and our merchants in the Glebe are ready to gear you up with whatever you need for the house and home.

New grill? New sound system? New records? New Japanese knife? It’s all here in the Glebe.

All Eco Ottawa
(613) 421-7670
857b Bank Street

Need to stock up on eco-friendly shampoos and soaps? All Eco Ottawa and their signature refill bar are back open in the Glebe. The eco product store carries an extensive line of Canadian-made products, everything from hand and dish soaps to Tupperware, tote bags, make up, skin products and more. Visit them today and get ready for summer.

Bloomfield’s Flowers
(613) 230-6434
783 Bank Street

Dad’s like flowers to! And with Father’s Day coming up, order pops a nice bouquet. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to treat someone special to a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Shop at Bloomfield’s and make someone’s day with a stunning arrangement. It’s been a tough year for everyone. Brighten your life up with some flowers.

JD Adam
(613) 235-8714
795 Bank Street

Anything you need for the perfect family supper, birthday barbecue or small gathering will be found at JD Adam. The kitchen store carries the quirkiest, coolest kitchen gadgets, along with the cutest decorations you’ll find around. Visit them in-store and stock the kitchen with whatever it’s lacking.

Kent of Inglewood
(613) 695-4201
800 Bank Street (Inside Knifewear)

Definitely the top shop to get men’s grooming supplies is Kent of Inglewood. Located in the back of Knifewear, the shop offers a suite of shaving supplies that go above the standard Bic razor. Treat yo self!

"Knifewear
(613) 695-4200
800 Bank Street

If you need a knife, there is only one place to go and it’s Knifewear. The Bank Street knife shop specializes in handmade Japanese blades that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. You’ll find the best selection of Japanese Knives, sharpening stones, and chef’s tools in the small but mighty shop. Visit them in-store today and sharpen up your kitchen game.

Randall’s
(613) 233-8441
555 Bank Street

If you’re looking to freshen up your home this spring, a trip to Randall’s is a must. The giant paint store is now open for in-store shopping, delivery and curbside.  Browse Randall’s exclusive C2 Paint colour collection, find the perfect colour for your job. Take control of your home renos with Randall’s.

Readi Set Go
(613) 695-8688
793 Bank Street.

Making lunches has never been easier with the help of Readi Set Go. From their innovative lunchboxes to backpacks galore, it’s your all-in-one on-the-go shop.  They also have an array of go-mugs, water bottles and other accessories. Visit them online today!

Metro Music
(613) 233-9688
695 Bank Street

Does your guitar need some love? Drop it off at Metro Music and owner Danielle will tune it up for you real nice, just in time for camp fire season. A huge selection of guitars, as well as lessons, accessories and hardware. Visit them today.

Capital Home Hardware
(613) 234-6353
736 Bank Street

Whatever project you’ve got on the go, Capital Home Hardware can help. From tools to hardware to paint accessories and everything in between, staff will ensure you have what you need to finish that project that’s been dogging you all winter long. Open for in-store and online.

Reliable Parts
1 800-941-9217
578 Bank Street

If anything broke on you during the pandemic, Reliable Parts is the place to go. The Bank Street appliance shop is online for all your home appliance and consumer electronic parts needs. Customers are encouraged to call ahead of time so the shop can use the lobby for pick up orders.

Audio Shop
(613) 233-1201
685 Bank Street

With movie theatres still closed, that home theatre project is looking better and better every day. There’s only one place to shop in the Glebe for top quality audio and video products and it’s Audio Shop. Shop everything online from A/V receivers and headphones to TV’s, digital music streamers, speakers and soundbars. It’s time to turn it up to 11.

Compact Music
(613) 233-8922
785 Bank Street

How perfect is it that Compact Music is reopening its store just in time for Record Store Day. The store is doing a special Record Stay exclusive sale Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m. Two people will be allowed in the store for five minutes at a time to allow for multiple music fans to get into the store. So dig quick. The exclusive runs until 1 p.m. when regular items will be posted at 20 per cent off for the rest of the day. Happy digging, music heads.

PC Perfect
613-594-3983
779 Bank Street

Leave your computer problems to PC Perfect. The crew at the Bank Street computer repair shop will have your PC back up and running like new in no time. The shop is back open for drop offs and pick ups. Visit them online today or call ahead for an appointment.

Avenue Lock & Security
613-236-2888
738 Bank Street

Locked out of the house? Avenue Lock will get you out of any bind you find yourself in. The lock shop has reopened to the public and is available for key-cutting services, deadbolt and door accessory sales and other security services. Visit them on Facebook or in store for all your security needs.

 

Spruce up for Summer: House & Home shops offering curbside & delivery in the Glebe

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JD Adam Kitchen Co. Photo by Love Ottawa

It may be another staycation summer for you and your family, so why not spruce up your backyard into an oasis that you can slip away into every weekend.

Whether you’re looking to redecorate your living, spruce up your patio, build that deck you’ve always wanted or increase the number of watts coming out from your stereo, the Glebe is where you need to do your shopping.

Many of our house & home shops are offering curbside pickup & delivery in the area. So get online and support your local entrepreneurs, they need you know more than ever.

All Eco Ottawa
(613) 421-7670
857b Bank Street

Whatever you need for your home, you will likely find it online at All Eco Ottawa. The eco product store carries an extensive line of Canadian-made products, everything from hand and dish soaps to Tupperware, tote bags, make up, skin products and more. Visit them online today and get ready for summer.

Bloomfield’s Flowers
(613) 230-6434
783 Bank Street

Dad’s like flowers to! And with Father’s Day coming up, order pops a nice bouquet. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion to treat someone special to a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. Shop online at Bloomfield’s and make someone’s day with a stunning arrangement. It’s been a tough year for everyone. Brighten your life up with some flowers.

JD Adam
(613) 235-8714
795 Bank Street

Barbecue season is upon us, so you might as well get a head start on some gear. JD Adam is THE kitchen store in the Glebe for everything you need culinary. Owners Jennifer and John always have the quirkiest, coolest kitchen gadgets, along with the cutest decorations you’ll find around. Visit them online and stock the kitchen with whatever it’s lacking.

Kent of Inglewood
(613) 695-4201
800 Bank Street (Inside Knifewear)

Definitely the top shop to get men’s grooming supplies is Kent of Inglewood. Located in the back of Knifewear, the shop offers a suite of shaving supplies that go above the standard Bic razor. Treat yo self!

Knifewear
(613) 695-4200
800 Bank Street

If you need a knife, there is only one place to go and it’s Knifewear. The Bank Street knife shop specializes in handmade Japanese blades that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. You’ll find the best selection of Japanese Knives, sharpening stones, and chef’s tools in the small but mighty shop. Visit them online today and sharpen up your kitchen game.

"Randall’s
(613) 233-8441
555 Bank Street

If you’re looking to freshen up your home this spring, a trip to Randall’s online store is a must. The giant paint store is now open for online shopping, delivery and curbside.  Browse Randall’s exclusive C2 Paint colour collection, find the perfect colour for your job. Take control of your home renos with Randall’s.

Readi Set Go
(613) 695-8688
793 Bank Street.

Making lunches has never been easier with the help of Readi Set Go. From their innovative lunchboxes to backpacks galore, it’s your all-in-one on-the-go shop.  They also have an array of go-mugs, water bottles and other accessories. Visit them online today!

Metro Music
(613) 233-9688
695 Bank Street

Are you behind on your music lessons? Did you know Metro Music offers online lessons? Call the Bank Street music shop and get your guitar lessons back on track.

Capital Home Hardware
(613) 234-6353
736 Bank Street

Whatever project you’ve got on the go, Capital Home Hardware can help. From tools to hardware to paint accessories and everything in between, staff will ensure you have what you need to finish that project that’s been dogging you all winter long. Open for in-store and online.

Reliable Parts
1 800-941-9217
578 Bank Street

If anything broke on you during the pandemic, Reliable Parts is the place to go. The Bank Street appliance shop is online for all your home appliance and consumer electronic parts needs. Customers are encouraged to call ahead of time so the shop can use the lobby for pick up orders.

Audio Shop
(613) 233-1201
685 Bank Street

Finishing up your home theatre? There’s only one place to shop in the Glebe for top quality audio and video products and it’s Audio Shop. Shop everything online from A/V receivers and headphones to TV’s, digital music streamers, speakers and soundbars. It’s time to turn it up to 11.

"Compact Music
(613) 233-8922
785 Bank Street

Now that you’ve got your new awesome Soundsystem set up, it’s time to browse for some new tunes you can blast. Compact Music has an extensive collection of rock, pop, jazz and folk and well as an array of new and used vinyl, cd’s and even cassettes for those retro heads. Crank it up! Visit them online or call owner Ian Boyd and he’ll set you up with whatever your ears are listening for.

PC Perfect
613-594-3983
779 Bank Street

Working from home and have a big meeting next week? Computer acting up? Don’t stress. Leave your computer problems to PC Perfect. The crew at the Bank Street computer repair shop will have your PC back up and running like new in no time. The shop is back open for drop offs and pick ups. Visit them online today or call ahead for an appointment.

Avenue Lock & Security
613-236-2888
738 Bank Street

Locked out of the house? Avenue Lock will get you out of any bind you find yourself in. The lock shop has reopened to the public and is available for key-cutting services, deadbolt and door accessory sales and other security services. Visit them on Facebook or in store for all your security needs.

Shop local exclusively for the next 30 days. Can you do it?

We’ve enlisted the help of local retailers and restaurateurs to show you just how easy it is to only shop locally for an entire month.

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Mike Estabrooks, Irene’s Pub

Mike Estabrooks truly knows what it means to shop local.

From the music to the food to the beer to customers, everything at Irene’s pub is local – and it’s just how the general manager and bartender extraordinaire likes it.

“Irene’s Pub has been fortunate enough to be operating in the same space for over 30 years,” says Estabrooks.  “As a result most of the day-to-day faces are very familiar to the pub, most on a first-name basis. An overwhelming majority of our patrons hail from the surrounding neighborhoods including The Glebe, Old Ottawa South/East & Centertown.  The Winter always brings fresh faces from afar, usually carrying a pair of skates on their shoulders.”

And when those rosy cheeks do pop into the iconic Bank Street bar for a beer and a bite, they’re not only supporting one local business, but several at the same time. From the Ashton Brewing Company beer they serve to the  Irene’s burger that is sourced from the Glebe Meat Market a block away, it’s all hyper local.

“Contributing to the notion of ‘support local’ has always been important to us,” adds Estabrooks.  “Operating a small business in a community like the Glebe has given us the opportunity to forge relationships with many local businesses and musicians.  Our relationships with suppliers like The Glebe Meat Market, McKeen Metro, and Morala’s Trading has allowed us to provide a higher quality, fresher product to the customer.”

With businesses cross promoting each other throughout the Glebe, it makes it even easier for residents to shop local and support their neighbourhood merchants. We challenge you to shop locally for one month and see just how easy it is.

We’ve enlisted the help of some local retailers to show you just how easy it is to get everything you would ever need right in your backyard. From groceries and books to electronics and a suite of essential services that will keep you healthy, happy and in tune, it’s all in your back yard.

Shopping locally at a place like McKeen Metro Glebe is a breeze, as the longstanding neighbourhood grocery store has been embedded in the community for more than a century. Owner Rebecca McKeen says she probably knows 80 per cent of her customers by name or face, so it’s clear many of you are already doing much of your grocery shopping locally.

“As a company, we are a neighbourhood store, so our priority is the Glebe neighbourhood and the residents who want to tailor our offerings to their needs and we appreciate the local business greatly, it’s a huge percentage of our business.”

And in terms of local products you can snag from McKeen’s, the list goes on. From Seed to Sausage meats and Little Victories coffee to Michael’s Dolce Jams to Top Shelf preserves and the irresistible Art-is-in Bakery goods, a trip through Metro is supporting more than just small businesses in the Glebe.

“Supporting local vendors is something we really pride ourselves on,” says McKeen, adding that the success of those around her contributes to the success of her store. “People can come to the destination of Bank Street and get their shopping done, hop into a hardware store, grab a coffee, have lunch. If everyone around us is successful, it makes the whole street successful.”

So you’ve got restaurants galore, grocery options from Metro, as well as Loblaws, Whole Foods Market and Il Negozio Nicastro. What about household products?

Just talk to Jackie Morphy, owner of All Eco Ottawa, who will set you up with pretty much anything you would need for the home – from shampoos to cleaning supplies to essential oils to reusable containers to… well, you get the idea.

“I have so many household items that are needed on a daily basis,” says Morphy.  “I have several plant-based natural Canadian cleaning product lines, all available in Prefill & Refill.   These include – dish, hand, laundry soaps, all-purpose, toilet, floor cleaners.” The Bank Street eco store also carries coffee and local honey as well as natural, Canadian-made skin care lines.

So can you support your local economy and shop locally for an entire month? There’s clothing from shops like Delilah, Stomping Ground, Escape Clothing and Shoe Plus Shoe. You’ve got a suite of essentials from eyecare clinics and massage therapists to yoga and dance studios. Need dry-cleaning, yup we’ve got that too at Glebe Tailoring. What about ski and bike and board shops? Kunstadt Sports and Sporting life will have you on the slopes in no time, while Joe Mamma and Top of the World will get you on the move. If you need a prescription, Whole Health Pharmacy is ready to serve your needs, as is The Glebe Apothecary and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

See how easy it is to shop local? Try it and you’ll find that everything’s right here in the area. And now with most of our shops back up and running, there’s no reason to hit up retail giants for a TV or a dog bed when AudioShop and Pet Value can help you out. Heck, you can even get Fido a new haircut at Purrdy Paws grooming spa. It’s all close, convenient and ready to serve.

Explore our website at www.intheglebe.ca to browse local shops and restaurants. They need your support now more than ever and we all need them just as much.

Shop local. Because you can.

Shop local exclusively in for the next 30 days. Can you do it?

We’ve enlisted the help of local retailers and restaurateurs to show you just how easy it is to only shop locally for an entire month.

"Mike Estabrooks truly knows what it means to shop local.

From the music to the food to the beer to customers, everything at Irene’s pub is local – and it’s just how the general manager and bartender extraordinaire likes it.

“Irene’s Pub has been fortunate enough to be operating in the same space for over 30 years,” says Estabrooks.  “As a result most of the day-to-day faces are very familiar to the pub, most on a first-name basis. An overwhelming majority of our patrons hail from the surrounding neighborhoods including The Glebe, Old Ottawa South/East & Centertown.  The Winter always brings fresh faces from afar, usually carrying a pair of skates on their shoulders.”

And when those rosy cheeks do pop into the iconic Bank Street bar for a beer and a bite, they’re not only supporting one local business, but several at the same time. From the Ashton Brewing Company beer they serve to the  Irene’s burger that is sourced from the Glebe Meat Market a block away, it’s all hyper local.

“Contributing to the notion of ‘support local’ has always been important to us,” adds Estabrooks.  “Operating a small business in a community like the Glebe has given us the opportunity to forge relationships with many local businesses and musicians.  Our relationships with suppliers like The Glebe Meat Market, McKeen Metro, and Morala’s Trading has allowed us to provide a higher quality, fresher product to the customer.”

With businesses cross promoting each other throughout the Glebe, it makes it even easier for residents to shop local and support their neighbourhood merchants. We challenge you to shop locally for one month and see just how easy it is.

We’ve enlisted the help of some local retailers to show you just how easy it is to get everything you would ever need right in your backyard. From groceries and books to electronics and a suite of essential services that will keep you healthy, happy and in tune, it’s all in your back yard.

Shopping locally at a place like McKeen Metro Glebe is a breeze, as the longstanding neighbourhood grocery store has been embedded in the community for more than a century. Owner Rebecca McKeen says she probably knows 80 per cent of her customers by name or face, so it’s clear many of you are already doing much of your grocery shopping locally.

“As a company, we are a neighbourhood store, so our priority is the Glebe neighbourhood and the residents who want to tailor our offerings to their needs and we appreciate the local business greatly, it’s a huge percentage of our business.”

And in terms of local products you can snag from McKeen’s, the list goes on. From Seed to Sausage meats and Little Victories coffee to Michael’s Dolce Jams to Top Shelf preserves and the irresistible Art-is-in Bakery goods, a trip through Metro is supporting more than just small businesses in the Glebe.

“Supporting local vendors is something we really pride ourselves on,” says McKeen, adding that the success of those around her contributes to the success of her store. “People can come to the destination of Bank Street and get their shopping done, hop into a hardware store, grab a coffee, have lunch. If everyone around us is successful, it makes the whole street successful.”

So you’ve got restaurants galore, grocery options from Metro, as well as Loblaws, Whole Foods Market and Il Negozio Nicastro. What about household products?

Just talk to Jackie Morphy, owner of All Eco Ottawa, who will set you up with pretty much anything you would need for the home – from shampoos to cleaning supplies to essential oils to reusable containers to… well, you get the idea.

“I have so many household items that are needed on a daily basis,” says Morphy.  “I have several plant-based natural Canadian cleaning product lines, all available in Prefill & Refill.   These include – dish, hand, laundry soaps, all-purpose, toilet, floor cleaners.” The Bank Street eco store also carries coffee and local honey as well as natural, Canadian-made skin care lines.

So can you support your local economy and shop locally for an entire month? There’s clothing from shops like Delilah, Stomping Ground, Escape Clothing and Shoe Plus Shoe. You’ve got a suite of essentials from eyecare clinics and massage therapists to yoga and dance studios. Need dry-cleaning, yup we’ve got that too at Glebe Tailoring. What about ski and bike and board shops? Kunstadt Sports and Sporting life will have you on the slopes in no time, while Joe Mamma and Top of the World will get you on the move. If you need a prescription, Whole Health Pharmacy is ready to serve your needs, as is The Glebe Apothecary and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

See how easy it is to shop local? Try it and you’ll find that everything’s right here in the area. And now with most of our shops back up and running, there’s no reason to hit up retail giants for a TV or a dog bed when AudioShop and Pet Value can help you out. Heck, you can even get Fido a new haircut at Purrdy Paws grooming spa. It’s all close, convenient and ready to serve.

Explore our website at www.intheglebe.ca to browse local shops and restaurants. They need your support now more than ever and we all need them just as much.

Shop local. Because you can.

Glebe businesses offer level of customer service unmatched by online giants

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Scott Robinson couldn’t wait to open up his first-ever pizza joint in the Glebe this past March.

He was days away from firing up the new wood-fired ovens, slicing up fresh veggies and rolling out the dough for his signature pies like the Hot & Spicy and the Great White North before the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

In an instant, Robinson’s dream was reduced to a flicker, like the pilot light on his Bank Street pizza oven.

“It was and continues to be difficult at times,” admits Robinson, owner of the brand-new Score Pizza at Bank Street and Fifth Avenue.  “Although we continue to have a very positive outlook on our situation it is hard to forget all of the struggles that we have had to overcome.”

Delayed by provincial shutdowns and city inspections, the pizza joint finally opened in early June and hasn’t really looked back. Robinson credits the pizzeria’s early success to local diners who have opted for pizza night for often than not this summer.

“We were a little surprised, but the Glebe has been known to be a very encouraging community and their reputation holds true,” adds Robinson. “We have had some additional support from Ottawans in general as well.”

But Robinson isn’t seeing this amazing great Glebe welcome just because he’s a local small business owner, but more for the experience customers are having inside the pizza shop. On most days, you’ll find Robinson himself manning the ovens, recommending his faves to customers and tossing up dough for that perfect crust. Staff are friendly, genuine and happy to serve hungry diners.

"It’s much of the same down the street at Delilah, where owner Eva Cooper has adapted to a new shopping reality that she is seeing take form across the city. She’s introduced one-on-one shopping appointments, a Pay-it-Forward campaign as well as a Delilah’s Daily Picks campaign, which featured a series of curated outfits advertised online to generate sales and awareness for her Bank Street clothing shop.

“We have had to adapt on a continual basis,” says Cooper. She says she already sees a trend towards a more curated, consultation-like shopping experience for consumers in the future. Her customers have been flooding in from across the city for a one-on-one visit at the shop.

“When we were given the green light to open as of Phase 1, I decided to do it by one-on-one appointments only,” says Cooper. “I quickly discovered that this could be the new normal. I was busy with five to seven appointments daily and it was a wonderful way to reconnect with my customers and understand how they were adapting and adjusting to our new reality.”

It’s this type of hyper-local, deeply personalized service that consumers get from small businesses, not only in the Glebe, but throughout the country, says Carleton Business Professor Ian Lee. He says that while some businesses certainly won’t be able to weather the storm this winter, many others will succeed through superior customer service that can’t be delivered by the big box chain stores.

“I think the niche markets are going to grow,” says Lee, referring to places like The Glebe Meat Market, ethnic and specialty food stores like Hareg Café & Variety and Audio Shop where customers can begin a long-standing relationship with customers. These are just things that customers won’t ever get at Amazon or Walmart, he adds.

“As we become more affluent, we become more discerning. We become more discerning, more educated, more knowledgeable, so guess what? Our expectations and our demands go up. The E-commerce online is geared for the mass market, just like Walmart is geared for the mass market, just as Sears was geared for the mass market. It wasn’t geared for individuals with individual unique requirements or demands, so that is the opportunity space for small business in the future.”

Lee adds that it’s “not all doom and gloom” for bricks and mortar businesses and those that can offer an elevated level of customer service will easily compete with the Amazons of the online world.

With buying local likely to be a make-it-or-break-it factor for many businesses as we head into the fall and later the holiday season, it will become increasingly important to support your local shops, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, salons and spas.

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and the people behind them are our friends, our family, our sons and daughters and the ones who make our community buzz with life every day.

So, buy a coffee from the little guy, get some new shoes in time for school without clicking “add to cart” or surprise the family with a mouth-watering take-out order from one of the Glebe’s fine eateries.

Support local. Shop local. Save local.

Glebe merchants adapt in order to continue serving their community

"When Katherine Slack was told that her stationary supply boutique had to shut its doors due to COVID-19, she had no idea whether or not her business would survive.

But like any entrepreneur, the owner of The Papery went into problem-solving mode and began to search for novel ways of continuing to serve her customers while still doing her part to curb the spread of the virus.

With e-commerce orders beginning to flow in, she also started accepting emails and phone calls from customers looking for birthday cards, craft supplies and, the newest big seller, puzzles.

“I have been getting my customers involved in the ordering process, so it’s been really fun,” laughed Slack, adding that some customers have sent her “shopping lists” that she then puts together for ordering and curbside pickup. “Sometimes, I am in the store and somebody knocks on the window and points and says, ‘can I buy that?’”

For these shoppers, Slack has initiated a “tapless card protocol” where customers leave their card on a tray so she can bring it inside to ring in the sale. She’s trying to branch out to offer many ways of purchasing – especially for those who do not have the ability to shop online. She has even used WhatsApp to send photos of products in store to customers for somewhat of a virtual shopping experience at The Papery.

“Now I’m thinking I can use WhatsApp to shop with customers for birthday cards. Should we go over to the floral ones? Should I take you over to the funny ones?”

You’ll find a similar dedication to the community at the neighbourhood’s grocery stores McKeen Metro Glebe, Loblaws, Il Negozio Nicastro, Whole Foods Market and the Glebe Meat Market. These shops and their dedicated workers have become local champions – serving the essential needs of the community during an unprecedented and challenging time. All of them have implemented dedicated hours for the elderly and vulnerable populations.

“Our colleagues are definitely my heroes,” said Loblaws Store Manager Sophie Lichtenstein. “We continue to be impressed with how well our colleagues are handling this challenging situation and how committed they are to providing this essential service to our community. Our team has become much closer during this time – we’re like a family and we definitely couldn’t continue to do what we’re doing day in and day out without them.”

The Isabella Street grocery store has set up a simple time slot tool when shopping for groceries online that allows customers to select their preferred pick up time. They’ve also launched Instacart – an online shopping tool that can have groceries delivered in as little as one hour, however, wait times may vary depending on demand.

At McKeen Metro Glebe, they have three full-time delivery trucks dropping off groceries right to your doorstep with “no contact delivery.”

Along with a pre-opening hour dedicated to customers who are 60 years old and over, Whole Foods Market has also features delivery and door-drop service.

The Glebe Meat Market is offering telephone orders and at their Bank Street shop, so customers don’t have to enter the store.

It’s creative measures like these that our resilient merchants have implemented to not only to keep their customers safe, but to also allow them to still serve the community. A quick surf through our Share Your Love Marketplace at intheglebe.ca will show you just how resourceful entrepreneurs can be. From hair salons and clothing stores selling products online to health and wellness companies shifting from in-studio lessons to virtual yoga, dance and fitness classes – our merchants are here for you.

The team at Where I Thrive has begun offering weekly live streamed barre and fusion classes to keep their clients moving while the footloose crew at Fred Astaire have been offering up remote dance lessons online.

The area’s pharmacies also remain committed to the health and wellness of the community during the outbreak – from offering free prescription delivery for all clients and curbside pickup at Whole Health Pharmacy to online prescription management at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

When it comes to food, Glebe eateries haven’t turned down the heat – they continue to cook up delicious take out and delivery meals so that you can still enjoy your favourite dishes from the comfort of your home. You’ll find over 30 restaurants still dishing up eats in the Glebe – everything from Italian, Mediterranean and Indian to seafood, Asian-fusion and some good old Canadian pub fare.

In addition to serving up great take-out, some restaurants are getting creative. At Joey Lansdowne, customers can also stock up on quality goods at the new Joey Market – including eggs, butter, proteins and produce. Customers can also purchase full meal kits to easily recreate Joey’s famous Gluten Free Salmon or their delicious Chicken Parmesan right in their own kitchens.

“It’s every single ingredient that is in that dish, portioned out for four people and they can cook it at home with instructions,” says Joey General Manager Massimo LaMonaca. “It’s awesome. It’s like going out for dinner but being able to cook it with your significant other. And we make it look easy for them.”

The restaurant has also partnered with Door Dash to ensure that customers get their order delivered within 30 minutes. As a way to give back to the community, Joey also offers a discounted menu for all first responders in the city.

“It has helped them get some affordable food and help them out. Nurses, doctors, police, firefighters. Any first responder.”

While COVID-19 continues to affect our way of life, our merchants in the neighbourhood are doing everything they can to make life feel normal for you again. Let’s share that same love and support our local businesses. They need us now more than ever. Visit our Share Your Love Marketplace at www.intheglebe.ca where you can browse more than 100 merchants selling products online, offering gift cards and take-out & delivery options galore.

Christmas in the Hood hits the Glebe this Thursday

"The weather outside may be frightful, but Christmas shopping in the Glebe will be absolutely delightful this Thursday night.

Bank Street will be brimming with Christmas music, holiday lights, sweets, treats, and deals galore as a number of Glebe businesses celebrate “Christmas in the Hood.”

The merchant-driven, neighbourhood-wide shopping event will see a number of shops open up their doors until 9 p.m. on November 29 with deals on everything from Japanese knives and clothing to kitchen equipment and olive oils from around the world.

“It’s really to celebrate Christmas and make it a spectacle,” says Knifewear manager Chris Lord, who initiated the business-to-business shopping event in the Glebe.

It didn’t take long for other businesses to pull out the Christmas decorations and crank the Christmas music up to 11, as close to a dozen different shops are hosting in-store events complete with hot chocolate, treats, giveaways and specials throughout the night.

At Knifewear, you’ll be greeted at the door with hot chocolate, mulled cider and shortbread cookies, while Christmas music will fill the quaint Bank Street knife shop with holiday cheer. The shop is offering free gift-wrapping throughout the evening.

Just off Bank Street, you can sample some of the world’s finest olive oils from The Unrefined Olive who will be opening their doors until 9 p.m. for the event. The charming shop is a must-stop for any food lover – and the perfect spot to snag a gift for that impossible-to-buy-for person.

Down the street at JD Adam Kitchen Co., you can help celebrate the long-time Glebe store’s 30th anniversary during their Customer Appreciation Night all day Thursday. The store will have in-store giveaways, and a number of raffle prizes that you’ll want to bring home with you. The store is celebrating from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

A few blocks over, Delilah will be busting out the bubbly during their “Christmas in the Hood” event that will see prices on boots, pants and hats slashed down. All winter boots at Delilah will be $180 down from $240 while pants will be 25% off. The charming little shop will be bursting with holiday spirit all night long.

The Joy of Gluten Free will be another great stop on the Christmas tour Thursday night, as the shop will be offering samplings of their delicious gluten-free treats while the Joy pop-up shop will be showcasing its unique array of locally-made goods from necklaces and healing candles to handmade gift boxes.

At Mickle Mack’s Haberdashery, the Glebe’s new hat shop, you can get 50 per cent off mix-and-match beanies when you purchase one at full price. The unique shop will off free Christmas treats throughout the night.

Other shops taking part are Stomping Ground, Bloomfields and The Papery.

And if you’re out and about celebrating with these Glebe shops, you’ll need to stay fuelled up. Boston Pizza will also be taking part in the event, as will Starbucks to keep you energized so you don’t drop after you shop.

So don’t go home after work, just head to the Glebe and celebrate Christmas with us in style.

Lots to do in the Glebe’s Winter Wonderland

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The Glebe is the place to be this weekend, especially if you’re into winter fun, snowmen, hockey, yoga, fashion, and superheroes and princesses.

From Friday night to Sunday evening, there is literally something for everyone in the Glebe, with Winterlude and Snowmania in full swing and a slate of family activities to get you off the couch and out into the neighbourhood.

Here’s a quick rundown on how you should be spending your weekend.

The Lansdowne Winter Garden
Feb. 3 to 18; All day
Lansdowne Civic Garden

Tour the Glowing winter garden every day during Winterlude at Lansdowne Park. Located behind the Horticulture Building, the garden is a fun way to see how magical winter can be.  Click here for more information.

Ottawa 67’s vs. Oshawa Generals
Feb. 10
Arena at TD Place

The Ottawa 67’s will look to notch their third win in a row this weekend when the Oshawa Generals blow into town for a matinee hockey game at TD Place. The team currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Puck drop is at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets. The 67’s are back on the ice Sunday afternoon vs. Owen Sound at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets.

Capital Catwalk into the Wild
Feb. 10; 7 p.m.
Horticulture Building

Step into the wild with Her Campus uOttawa for a night of fashion, food, fun, and fundraising in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Click here for more information.

Snowmania Sundays
Feb. 11; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Horticulture Building

Build a lantern during the Snowmania Sundays at the Horticulture Building while Eccentric Adam and Zip-E the Clown entertain the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday throughout the winter festival. Click here for more information.

Winterlude Yoga
Feb. 11; 10 a.m.
Horticulture Building

Join Rama Lotus and the City of Ottawa for a free yoga class at the Horticulture Building Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Instructor Erin Bidlake will help you perfect that downward dog. Click here to read more.

Ottawa Princess and Superhero Dance Party
Feb. 11; 1 p.m.
Glebe Community Centre

Dress up as your favourite superhero or princess and come cut up a rug at the Glebe Community Centre Sunday afternoon. Tickets include snacks, a cupcake, free face painting and a live DJ. There will even be a superhero and princess hair salon to get your hair did. Proceeds go to the Ottawa Children’s Wish Foundation to help grant life-long wishes to children diagnosed with life threatening illness. The party gets cracking at 1 p.m. Click here for more details.

Deserving family wins $10,000 Glebe Spree Grand Prize


When Nadine Hodgson got an email saying that she had won a $10,000 shopping spree in the Glebe, she didn’t believe it.

Although the mother of two has been playing Glebe Spree since its inception, winning a shopping spree was the last thing on her mind.

Hodgson and her husband Andrew had just spent two weeks at the hospital, where their two-month-old daughter Siena was rushed in for an emergency operation. The young couple was just looking forward to getting home with a healthy baby when the good news came in.

“It was unbelievable,” said Nadine during a cheque presentation at Glebe Spree sponsor business McKeen Metro Glebe Tuesday.

“When I first opened the email, I thought it couldn’t be true. I actually had to get my husband to read it and confirm that was the case. Even then, we still were in shock.”

But it didn’t take long to sink in. Immediately after receiving their cheque, the family strolled across the street to Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s, where their three-year-old son Theo was told that he could get anything he wanted. And he did.

The young boy’s eyes grew wider and wider as he rapidly browsed through colourful toys lined on shelves around the store. From Lego to Playmobile, board games to books, little Theo was in his own heaven. In the end, he settled on a stuffed kitten, and a plastic warrior’s sword.

As for Andrew and Nadine, they haven’t fully decided how they will spend their winnings, but they are eyeing a trip to Florida in the spring through Flight Centre – and that nagging bathroom renovation may actually get off the ground this year. And after the “emotional roller coaster” they went through over Christmas with their daughter, who is now fully healthy, the couple may look to sneak out for a nice romantic dinner to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

“We haven’t been to the Rowan yet, and we would really like to try it,” adds Nadine. “A lot of people have been recommending it to us.”

The couple will likely make a few trips to Sporting Life for ski gear, perhaps a movie night or two, and some browsing at stores they haven’t scoped out yet. Nadine’s husband isn’t worried about finding places to spend the winnings on.

“We love the Glebe, we shop here daily,” he says.

“The walkability, the proximity to stores. You’ve got all of Lansdowne and all the variety of shops along Bank Street.”

For Nadine, winning the extra cash means she can even take more time off to spend with their new baby. How perfect?

“We can’t think of a more deserving family than the Hodgsons to win this special prize,” says Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck. This year’s Canada 150 special edition contest proved to be the most successful contest to date with more than 32,000 entries made – a 67 per cent increase of last year’s all-time record high. Glebe Spree 150 also featured more prizes than ever before with 75 daily giveaways, five cash prizes of $1,000 and the big $10,000 grand prize.

“What a way to end such a monumental year, both in our neighbourhood and in the nation’s capital, as we celebrated Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Thank you to everyone who participated – businesses, shoppers, and our sponsors Mckeen Metro Glebe and Bank of Montreal Glebe Branch.”

The Glebe BIA would like to also thank the more than 160 businesses who participated this year, and the nearly 40 businesses who contributed an Any Day prize to this year’s contest.