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Business Beat: Awards, an Unexpected Liquor Licence, and More

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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!

My only hope is that this continued success won’t lead to even longer line-ups down Bank Street...

Black Squirrel Books - Now with a Liquor License

Black Squirrel Books. Photo by Eric van der Torre.

From the day they opened, I have loved Black Squirrel Books. I think what makes them so great is that for a secondhand bookstore, the books are remarkably well organized. My memory and image of a secondhand bookstore is a cramped space with way too many books and practically no rhyme or reason as to what’s where. But BSB’s dedicated owners and staff make sure that all books are not only organized by topic, but more often than not also alphabetized!

As if BSB wasn’t great enough already, they added a café section quite some time ago and started serving some pretty good coffee, tea, espresso, and baked goods. Add to that some recent renovations of the interior walls, and the space has steadily become more and more inviting, evidenced by how hard it can be to find a seat at most times of the day.

Several months ago I spotted a liquor licence application notice in the front window, but kind of forgot about that fairly soon after. But when I was in the store a little while ago, I noticed the mini fridge behind the counter was filled with several types of Nickel Brook Beer, as well as Empire Hard Cider. Clearly the liquor licence was granted and you can now enjoy a beer, cider, or wine at BSB while studying, working, reading, or listening to one of their live (music) events.

Kevin Dodds Gallery Closes

On a sadder note, Kevin Dodds Gallery closed its door in mid September. I was a little surprised to see the empty space and a “for lease” sign up. I thought they had a beautiful space with some pretty amazing looking art. And during the last few months of the previous school year I had also noticed that on most days there seemed to be after-school art classes happening in the space. I always thought the gallery was a great addition to the business mix on Bank and I am sad to see them go.

The Senate Tavern on Bank Opens

Ending on a more positive note: by the time the October OSCAR comes out, The Senate Tavern on Bank should be open for business. The soft opening is scheduled for the third week of September, and if all goes well, the Grand Opening will be sometime in October.

As you may remember from an earlier Business Beat article, The Senate will not only be a great spot to go watch sporting events, but also a place to hang out and have fun with friends and/or family. I look forward to checking out what they did with the space, and can’t wait to go and crush my kids at foosball...

Business Beat is a monthly feature that highlights new and existing businesses in Old Ottawa South. Reviews and opinions are those of the author alone. If you know of any new businesses opening up or want to share your thoughts about existing businesses, please feel free to share them: e [DOT] vandertorre [AT] gmail [DOT] com.

Erik van der Torre has lived in Old Ottawa South for over eight years. He is a member of the OSCA Board, the Traffic & Safety Committee, and Hopewell Avenue PS Parent Council.

Originally published in the October 2017 OSCAR.

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