Westboro Villager May 2019

Happy Spring!

Walking through Westboro Village, it is wonderful to see the street thrive and new businesses settling in! We are very happy to welcome new to the neighbourhood Newboro (295 Richmond Rd.), Wild Child Coffee Project (314 Richmond Rd.), Sisterhood 613 (371a Richmond Rd., Suite 5) and La Diperie (429 Richmond Rd.).

We hope you can join us at a few new events we have lined up in the spring!

May 5 is the Big Spring Clean Up and we are collecting clothes and car seats for kids’ sake at Winston Square. We will have the Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa collection truck at Winston Square (beside the Royal Canadian Legion) May 5 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please stop by with your unwanted items of all sizes! Big Brothers Big Sisters Ottawa uses this to raise funds that support the local programs here in our neighbourhoods. We will be handing out free samples of David’s Tea in the morning. Our Winston Square businesses, Cucina Barone and Piggy Market will be out as well.

June 1 is the annual Kitchissippi-wide Community Garage Sale and this year, the merchants of Westboro Village are participating as well! This year will be the very first SHOP THE VILLAGE event in Westboro Village. When you are out looking for great deals in the community, stop on by to shop, savour, and save! Several merchants will be set up outside for a sidewalk sale and we will be handing out canvas “Shop the Village” bags filled with savings! For more details follow WestboroVillage on Facebook or check it out online at westborovillage.com.

On June 15, the Westboro Village BIA is putting in a team in the Shoppers Love.You Run for Women in support of The Royal. If you are looking to join a team, we welcome any businesses and members to sign up with us. Email admin@westborovillage.com if you want to join.


Breakfast and Brunch in Westboro

We’re big fans of taking mom out for breakfast or brunch on Mother’s Day. It’s an easy meal, and easy on the wallet too. We understand that many mamas love their coffee (we get it, we really do) and that’s why we love what Mamie Clafoutis is brewing up this summer. Next time you’re visiting, bring your own mug. If you BYOM, you’ll get a free cup of filtered coffee to go with that delicious chocolatine.

Don’t miss their special Mother’s Day draw! Children are invited to participate by colouring in a very special ballot (ask for one at the register) and dropping it in the ballot box. One winner will be chosen, and that lucky person gets to choose a special edition pie as a prize. The draw takes place on May 8.

If you haven’t been to Gezellig (337 Richmond Rd.) in awhile, now is the time to make a return visit. Dishes that herald the arrival of spring are on the menu. There’s something delicious for everyone, and if there are special dietary requirements, it’s no problem. Owner Stephen Beckta recommends simply letting the restaurant know ahead of time. Pro tip: Mother’s Day will be busy, so book your table now. “It’s always a celebration when we’re celebrating moms,” says Stephen. “They are the most
important people in our lives.” Brunch at Gezellig is now served Saturday and Sundays. This is good news for those who aren’t able to swing a Mother’s Day out on Sunday. Make your reservation at gezelligdining.ca.

Perhaps the easiest Mother’s Day outing is to Wild Child Coffee Project (314 Richmond Rd.), especially if there are small kids in the picture. Wild Child is brand new in Westboro and is owned by Paige Watts, a mother of three (8, 4 and 6 months!). This is a coffee shop with a twist. Bring the kids and set them free to have fun in a special “play zone” while you enjoy a hot cuppa and some baked goodies from Strawberry Blonde. Head over to the website at wildchildcoffeeproject.com for more information about drop-in rates and passes. The space is available for birthday parties as well and future plans include workshops, classes (Yoga! French language!) playgroups, and ECE-guided play. It’s a space for kids to climb and play but it’s just as much for the parents. “It’s a social space too,” says Paige. “The goal is to build a community.”


A Day of Beauty and Pampering for Mom

The trick to Mother’s Day success is to figure out whether the mom in question is the type who likes to leave the kids at home and indulge in a day of solo pampering or if she’s the kind of mom who prefers company along for the ride. Whatever kind of mom she is, there are treats galore waiting for her in Westboro Village.

It’s about time for the first pedicure of the season, right? Well The Ten Spot (397 Richmond Rd.) has something really special in store for Mother’s Day. In addition to that long-awaited springtime mani/pedi, a complimentary continental breakfast will be awaiting guests on Mother’s Day. From May 6 to 12, guests who purchase a gift card for $100 or more will receive a free 10spot beauty hand cream while supplies last. Ten Spot assistant manager Olivia Foulkes recommends booking ahead as spots will fill up quickly! Book online at thetenspot.com/Westboro.


Sisterhood 613 (371a Richmond Rd., suite 5) opened a permanent shop in April. The owner is Su Chu, who owned a beauty biz on Sparks Street called Her Beauty & Lash Lounge. Lucky for us, she’s now part of the Westboro beauty scene!

We’re thinking outside the box for Mother’s Day beauty gifts. How about lash lifts or extensions? “It’s that extra little something that will make anyone feel really special,” says Su. She’s offering 20% off a full set of lashes as a special Mother’s Daypromotion. (Tell her you saw it in the Westboro Villager!) Book an appointment for mom online at sisterhood613.com. Make a day of it and celebrate that gorgeous new look at one of Westboro’s many great cafes and restaurants.