When we moved to Ottawa, I left my job in marketing research to become a full time caregiver to our children, and I have been in that role ever since. But with the kids now being older and more independent, I have started taking on some freelance projects. And as these things tend to go, things went from 0 to 60 really fast and I almost had to skip this month’s Business Beat. But while I was working away on my first report, I realized it gave me the perfect topic to write about: work/study/meeting spots in Old Ottawa South.
Stella Luna Gelato Café Strikes Again
This news will come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Stella Luna won another award for their amazing gelato. At the Gelato World Tour Grand Finale in Rimini, Italy, Tammy Giulliani and her team were one of only 36 finalists to compete at the global finals (out of 1800 contestants). At the summer event, her “Rich Chocolate with Bourbon, Truffle Swirl, and Maple Candied Pecan” gelato won both Best Gelato in Canada and the Journalists’ Choice Award. Congratulations to Tammy, her team and everyone at Stella Luna!
There is a lot happening on Bank Street, and rather than focusing on one or two specific businesses in Old Ottawa South, this month’s Business Beat will highlight some of the changes that have occurred this summer.
The corner of Bank & Belmont looks a little different now with the addition of a statue of Sri Chinmoy surrounded by some flowers and benches. CBC News recently brought attention to the statue and the Bank Street site where a local group operated a natural food store and restaurant in the 1970's.
Here's another Bank Street garden — this time in front of Boomerang Kids — transformed into a lovely spot by Green Dreamers.
We will meet at Sunnyside & Bank on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Depending on weather and numbers of Green Dreamers, we will branch out to do some transplanting and some light gardening at the Firehall and at the Hopewell School bed nearest the younger kids' playground.
On Thursday July 7th, Brian Ure and I moved some perennials from the former Hortus Urbanus garden on Glen to the bed nearest the TD building. Ailsa Francis began her work on the new Oat Couture Garden Wednesday, July 6th, and asked us to move what she is excavating. So we did! The public bed nearest the new Oat Couture garden will likely be affected by the patio design and renovations taking place. We will maintain this public bed but not plant anything new in the near future. We agree with Ailsa that the weed trees on this bed should be removed and a new tree planted. When this happens we will have to be prepared to save perennials already planted. Stay tuned. It all looks good!!
Being a born-and-raised Dutchman, I thoroughly enjoyed the last two FIFA World Cups, where we finished as runners-up and in third place, respectively (I’ll conveniently ignore the last few Euro Cups though). A huge part of that enjoyment came from watching the majority of the games at the Georgetown (1159 Bank Street). Especially as the Georgetown was the unofficial-official hangout for Dutch soccer fans and was nicknamed “the Dutch Lair” on game day (the Dutch soccer emblem is a lion).
For as long as we have lived in Old Ottawa South, I have always been intrigued by 70A Leonard Avenue. We arrived too late to see the birth of Red Apron, who now run a highly successful ready-made food service out of a beautiful location at 564 Gladstone Ave. But we did get to see the start of Life of Pie in that same location. And as anyone in OOS will know, they too are a great success story, with two subsequent moves along Bank Street. And while I am not a vegan or a fan of raw food, it was still sad to see Herbivore at the Door close, not in the least because I loved their logo! According to HatD’s Facebook page, chef Candice Bernes has moved on to Simply Raw Express in Hintonburg.
The folk music community in Ottawa, in Ontario, and, indeed, across Canada, was dealt a harsh blow today with the announcement that the Ottawa Folklore Centre has fallen into bankruptcy and has closed.
The announcement came in a letter to the community (see below) from Arthur McGregor, who founded the Ottawa Folklore Centre in 1976 and ran it with tremendous dedication and love for nearly four decades – most of his adult life. As Arthur writes in his letter, it has been his life’s work.