Westboro Villager June 2019

A nature walk in Westboro

I’m so happy to kick this summer off with a fresh, new look we have just installed throughout Westboro Village: La nature en ville Westboro Nature Walk

Westboro Village now hosts an outdoor exhibition of captivating nature photography by Michelle Valberg, a Westboro Village business member since around 20 years, Canadian Nikon Ambassador, and Canadian Geographic’s Photographer-in-Residence.

“There’s magic in the nature of our own backyard,” says Michelle, who has traveled internationally to capture visually stunning images of nature, but claims that it our local and Canadian nature she loves the most. The exhibition spans the whole of Westboro Village at the main intersections – on traffic boxes. Walk just over 1KM to view each of the nine displays. We are able to put forth this exhibition through the partial funding grant provided by the City of Ottawa Mural and Architectural Design program in prevention of graffiti. We invite you to take the Nature Walk, take photos and share them with us on social media. To learn more about the photographer, Michelle Valberg and the locations of the installations, please visit our website at westborovillage.com

Coming soon… FUSE Street Festival is BACK! As with previous years, Richmond Road will be closed for auto traffic and buses. This year, the closure will span Richmond between Roosevelt Avenue and McRae Avenue. Please note that the major intersection of Churchill/Richmond will be closed for the safety of the Festival attendees. Scott Street will still be accessible. Please follow our Facebook event to keep up to date on the news, acts, and entertainment happening at FUSE.

Michelle Groulx
Executive Director
Westboro Village Business Improvement Area


Time out for Dad

Now that the weather has finally improved, it’s the perfect time to celebrate Father’s Day on one of the many picture-perfect patios in Westboro Village. (You can find a full round-up on our website at westborovillage.com!) It’s hard to pick a favourite but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention The Clocktower Brew Pub (418 Richmond Rd.). Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (which is perfect, because dad gets to sleep in).

Churchills (356 Richmond Rd.) is another delicious destination for dad. We’re pretty sure he’ll love the Churchill Burger. It’s made with a locally-raised organic ground beef patty from O’Brien Farms and topped with smoked bacon, St. Albert aged cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Creole Mayo. Pair it with their famous Colossal Caesar and you’ve got all of your food groups covered.

While you and dad are walking off lunch in Westboro Village, drop by the Imperial Barber Shop (352 Richmond Rd.) and treat him to a professional wet shave. You can also bring it back to basics with a cut or beard trim. (This could be a fun outing with junior too!) Gift certificates are a popular option, especially for fathers who are hard to buy for. Check their list of services and book ahead at imperialbarbershop.com. Find them on Facebook and Instagram too.

Photo by Ellen Bond.

Whether dad is a weekend warrior or simply needs a little TLC after a couple of rounds of gardening, we recommend checking in with the experts at Back In Balance (591 Byron Ave.). There are many different services available for a wide range of needs, not just men’s health. (Go to their website for the full list at backinbalancechiro.ca.) We love the idea of treating dad to a massage to help relax, and treat old injuries or sore muscles. If you’re new to massage, don’t worry. Canadian massage therapists are some of the most intensely trained therapists in the world, says Lorrie Douthright, a registered massage therapist at Back in Balance. “The most important thing for me to get across to patients is that we want them comfortable with every aspect of their care. We want them to be free to speak up and ask questions if need be, and feel confident that we are there to help them meet their health goals.”

Did you know that Dr. Michael Friedman, a chiropractor at Back in Balance, moonlights as a comedian? He will be performing at Clocktower on June 15 at 9 p.m. (A ticket for dad and his best bud might be a cool gift idea!) Admission is $17 per person and can be purchased ahead of time via Absolute Comedy Ottawa by calling 613-233-8000.


Gifts for your stylin’ daddio

Give the gift of fashion to dad for Father’s Day!

Get dad into the sartorial spirit at Frank and Oak (297 Richmond Rd.). Now that summer has arrived, we think dad will appreciate their easy breezy short-sleeve button down cotton-linen blend shirts. And if you love to give dad a tie for Father’s Day they have those too! We also appreciate their commitment to eco-conscious materials and manufacturing methods. Read more about it on their website. Oh, and you get 15% off your first purchase if you sign up for their email list at frankandoak.com.

E.R. Fisher (199 Richmond Rd.) has been at the forefront of menswear in Ottawa since they first opened their doors in 1905. Fashions have changed since then, but their excellent service has not. Drop by and see what’s new in store for dad! Sonia Fisher confirms that socks are a hot item for Father’s Day. Check out their Egyptian cotton socks by Pantherella. Other top picks include Italian silk neckwear and lightweight alpaca V-neck sweaters. Personalized gift certificates are always available too! From June 8-15, shoppers can save 25% on Paul & Shark sportswear and Allen Edmonds footwear.

Ollie Quinn manager Ciara Dunn says new frames are hitting the shelves now through August. Photo by Ellen Bond

Does dad need to spruce up his spectacles or sunglasses? Hit up Ollie Quinn (354B Richmond Rd.). It’s a small shop that is high in style factor, and the price is right too! We love flat rate pricing when shopping for glasses. Frames, including prescriptions lenses, are $155. Manager Ciara Dunn says new frames and sunnies are being added to the shelves through August. Here’s some big news: they now offer eye exams. Dr. Catherine Michon is bilingual and is available Tuesday through Friday. See what’s new at instagram.com/oqstories.