Feel the love in Westboro
Ottawa was shaken by the tragic bus accident occurring at Westboro Station. Our community cannot express enough the deepest sympathies to the victims of the January 11 crash, and the families of Bruce Thomlinson, 56 years old, Judy Booth, 57 years old, and Anja Van Beek, 65 years old, who lost their lives.
The emergency services were nothing short of exceptional. We want to extend a very grateful thank you to these people who were onsite, working tirelessly. A special thank you to the Churchill Seniors Centre for being the hub for which city services connected with friends and family of victims.
The community came out to the emergency service workers with coffee and snacks to warm up and the Granite Curling Club offered its facilities and warmth. Without any doubt, the Westboro, Kitchissippi and Ottawa communities are very caring and compassionate.
Warm up in Westboro
With the extreme amounts of snow Ottawa has experienced, we can expect wonderful outdoor activities to take place. As we mentioned last month, Westboro Village is a proud sponsor of the SJAM Winter Trail – a groomed snow trail along the parkway that is perfect for cross-country skiing, fat bikes, snow shoes, and walking. There is plenty of street parking and paid parking in Westboro to park and walk over to the trail. Then come back for a quick warm up. There are plenty of options to heat you up from the inside out! You can even stay in your full gear and grab a warm bite on the go; the hot buffet at Farm Boy, Jamaican patties at The Piggy Market, pressed paninis at Cucina Barone, pizza at FIAZZA, and plenty more.
Follow us on Facebook at @westborovillage as we will be posting the latest “Warm Up in Westboro” goodies over these chilly months.
Will you be my Valentine?
Show your love in Westboro Village
For many, February is synonymous with love, and everyone loves a bouquet of flowers. Flowers Talk Tivoli (282 Richmond Rd.) is the destination for all things floral in Westboro.
Owner Elizabeth Young confirms the shop will be carrying the classic red roses we all love and that the coolers will be filled with a variety of flowers including blooms from Ecuador and Columbia, New Zealand, Holland, Niagara, and P.E.I.
Placing orders ahead of time means shoppers can swing by and pick up their purchases without waiting. Or stop by the shop ahead of time to browse or speak to one of Flowers Talk Tivoli’s talented designers. And here’s a tip: Delivering to the office during a weekday is the best way to ensure your special recipient receives the flowers you sent!
Heist Jewellery (343 Richmond Rd.) has gorgeous gift ideas and a price point for everyone.
Customized silver pendants are a popular item. Customers choose the shape and style and Heist will engrave it with their chosen text, such as a name or short saying. “They are very popular around Valentine’s Day, especially for people who want to give their partner something a bit sentimental,” confirms Ania Geerts, the owner of Heist. Heist needs a bit of time for custom work, so Ania recommends coming in at least a few days before the 14th.
Another idea for the romantics out there: How about having an existing ring customized? Heirloom rings and other jewellery (such as grandma’s wedding ring!) can be remade for modern brides.
Drop by and get inspired by their wide selection of pendants, rings, earrings and bracelets. Or do some advance shopping online at myheistjewellery.com.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil the woman in your life with lingerie she wouldn’t normally buy for herself. Bra Chic owner Marianne Hassan stresses the importance of best fit. So how about making a day of it? Grab your partner before Valentine’s Day, have a wander through Westboro, and pop by the shop at 433 Richmond Rd. for an expert fitting. They’ll keep the info and measurements on file so the partner can fulfill that wish list during a shopping trip on a later date.
Hot sellers at include eroticwear and lacy kimonos that do double-duty as loungewear and outerwear. “Italian briefs” are one of the biggest trends in lingerie this year. This style features a partially sheer back panel and maintains good coverage. It’s a win-win!
Marianne says Bra Chic’s “luxurious and sensual brands” feel great on the skin. Ask her about it! You can also take a peek at some of their brands at brachic.ca.
Feed your love
Romantic dining ideas in the heart of Westboro
They say that the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and we are totally on board with this!
Candlelight, great spins, plates for sharing… there aren’t many places in Ottawa that are as intimate and romantic as Trio (307D Richmond Rd.). It’s about mood just as much as is about the food here and we know you’ll love the vibe at Trio.
Another option: Experience a true Italian trattoria in the heart of Westboro Village. Trattoria in the Village (309 Richmond Rd.) has a menu and a wine list that will have you drooling. Reservations are strongly recommended!
The Savoy Brasserie (334 Richmond Rd.) is serving up great value in a lovely neighbourhood bistro right on the corner of Richmond and Churchill. You may already know them for their Mollusk Madness promo ($1.50 oysters and $2 jumbo shrimp when ordered with a beverage) and their selection of craft beers (34 on tap!) but you should definitely check out the set dinner menu for Valentine’s Day. For $39 per person, you’ll receive a shared appetizer, choice of main, and a shared dessert. For details, check the Savoy website at savoybrasserie.com.
Here’s an idea:
Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year. How about sneaking away for a romantic lunch date for two while the kids are at school? If you can’t make it out for dinner, there are many destinations for lunch in Westboro Village.