The two-storey building at 1123-1125 Bank Street has now sat vacant and boarded up for 12 years. It was gutted by fire in 2009 and has been a challenge ever since, a significant concern for us in Old Ottawa South and for small businesses on Bank Street. There has been regular graffiti on the building, bylaw complaints about garbage left out, leaks, animals, and other issues.
We are very excited to see the transformation of a venerable business in the Sunnyside/Seneca area, from what seems to have been a “corner store” forever…or at least since we arrived in the neighbourhood in 1995! The transformation began, when the new owners started clearing out junk in the back of the store. This is where the brothers Fares and Tamer discovered an old butchers block. They realized they were continuing an Old Ottawa South business which needed love.
As we sit at home in this second lockdown, many of us have been enjoying the chance to watch movies together more than ever. For a lot of us, that means renting DVDs from a local small business, Glebe Video International. Film lovers in Ottawa know that Glebe Video International is an irreplaceable gem, the place where one can find thousands of films from around the world and through the decades—films no streaming service offers.
Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario announced that some regions can now transition into Phase 2 of "Reopening Ontario". Eastern Ontario is one of the regions that will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday June 12th. This means that in addition to the non-essential stores that were already allowed to open in Phase 1, businesses like personal care services and restaurant patios are now also allowed to open.
Following the lead of several BIAs and Community Associations, we put together an overview of local businesses and how they are adjusting to the COVID-19 situation.
If you haven't already noticed, take a closer look at the Oat Couture Cafe. On Thursdays to Sundays, it transforms nightly into the Montgomery Scotch Lounge, featuring fine malts, scotch, beer, and small plates.
In this announcement from the October 1978 OSCAR, Larry McDonald reports on a new name in the neighbourhood.
Title: The Corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Seneca Street
Address: 431, 435, 437 Sunnyside Avenue and 41, 43, and 44 Seneca Street, Ottawa, Ontario.
The corner of Sunnyside Avenue and Seneca Street currently comprises four buildings which combine commercial and domestic spaces. In the early period of Old Ottawa South’s development (pre-1950) this corner had particular importance as one on which Ottawa’s streetcars turned. It has continuously included commercial spaces since 1907.