Westboro Villager November 2019

Support Our Veterans

On behalf of Westboro Village BIA, I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation for those who fought for Canadians and our freedom. Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa are scheduled at various times November 11 to pay honour in person for veterans. In Westboro, the Royal Canadian Legion will hold its annual service and wreath laying ceremony at the Westboro Cenetaph (Byron Park) beginning at 2:00pm. 

Through the annual Poppy Campaign (already begun), Legion members raise hundreds of thousands of dollars that are donated back to the community towards seniors’ residences, hospitals, Veterans’ homes and other charities and organizations. Please purchase a poppy.

Westboro Village will be transitioning to our Winter Wonderland mid to late November (winter already!?) On November 30, please join us in a day and an evening of activities to kick off Light Up the Village. 

This year, Westboro Village is proud to partner with members of our community to organize a Kitchissippi Food-Raiser on November 30 at the Churchill Seniors Centre 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. There are many activities to raise funds for the Parkdale Food Centre and families in need; including a makers market/craft sale, indoor activities for families, lunch, bake sale, afternoon high tea by Amica, and an evening performance by Grateful We’re Not Dead band. Please stop in for some goodies and do some ‘one of a kind’ Christmas shopping from local crafters. Come in before the tree lighting ceremony with the family, then join the tree lighting ceremony next door at All Saints Church.

We continue our tradition of a tree lighting ceremony at All Saints Anglican Church courtyard – 347 Richmond Road. Join us for caroling and our annual ceremony beginning at 5:30p.m. Visitors are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the tree lighting ceremony in support of Westboro Region Food Bank and the Kitchissippi Food-Raiser.

For details and more information, please visit westborovillage.com


Get in The Holiday Spirit: Book Your Christmas Parties NOW!

Kick-start your holiday spirit at The Savoy Brasserie with their first ever Miracle Pop-Up! From November 1 until January 1, The Savoy Brasserie, 334 Richmond Rd., will transform itself into everything Christmas! 

Expect sparkly decorations galore and holiday-themed cocktails, like the Christmapolitan, Bad Santa or the Christmas Carol Barrel, with $1 from each drink sold going to supporting The Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign

Get your jingle-bell fix during your meal thanks to an exclusive all-Christmas Magic 100 playlist. In addition, get jolly and break out that ugly Christmas sweater you’ve been dying to wear for Savoy’s Ugly Xmas Sweater Party, set for Dec. 2! 

Are you being volun-told to organize holiday gatherings for business and pleasure this season? Forget the rezo run-around. Book your Christmas/holiday party NOW. Get exactly what you’re looking for to accommodate your guests’ needs right here in Westboro.

Barley Mow Westboro, 399 Richmond Rd., takes groups of up to 150 people, including a restaurant take-over option available in cocktail style and sit down buffet options. Enjoy sophisticated pub favourites such as perogies, wings, battered cauliflower, avocado wedges and their famous zucchini sticks to share! Send inquires to gmwestboro@barleymow.com or call (613) 695-7669 to reserve.

The Whispers Pub & Eatery, 249 Richmond Rd., is a neighbourhood staple which has been around since 1981. It can accommodate groups of up to 30 people at a time. The cozy pub, filled with quaint nooks to connect over food and drink, offers three designated areas to choose from for your holiday gatherings, including a private room available upstairs. Don’t forget happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily! Email paul@whisperspubottawa.ca or call (613) 722-9603.

Ottawa’s original craft brewing authority since 1996,  Clocktower Westboro, located at 418 Richmond Rd., boasts a friendly, inviting atmosphere with two spacious areas to choose from. A private room on the main level seats up to 50 people at a time, and is fully wheelchair accessible. A mezzanine upstairs holds 45 seats and is a semi-private way to enjoy pub ambiance in a more intimate group setting. Menus to accommodate larger groups include a home-style buffet with platter options to suit your groups dietary needs. Got a presentation to roll out for an end of year recap? Audio video and microphones are available on demand. Call (613) 680-5983 to reserve.

Winter is coming, and Westboro is Ottawa’s shopping and dining destination this holiday season.


Westboro Village: Your Holiday Prepping Headquarters!

Now that November has arrived, are you secretly waiting until it’s considered appropriate to decorate your home for the holidays? Deep down inside, are you screaming “Santaaaaaaaa!” like Will Ferrell in the hit movie Elf? 

If so, Westboro Village has everything you need to give into these sparkly seasonal sentiments! Feel good about supporting local and global communities simultaneously.

Visit Ten Thousand Villages at 371 Richmond Road and get holiday shopping done as early as November 1! Find eco-friendly, fair-trade, handmade gifts such as quilts, pottery, jewellery, baskets and more, crafted from natural and recycled materials. Donate to their Holiday Hampers program in support of the Westboro Region Food Bank by filling handmade hampers with locally renowned fair-trade cocoa bean company Camino hot chocolate and dried fruit to nourish those in need. Feed a global, non-profit philanthropic social enterprise, support the Ottawa Food Bank through a weekend visit to the Fair Trade Festival. (Visit their Facebook page for more details.)

Send your holiday cards on time this year! Beginning November 7, sign up for card writing workshops (for kids, too!) at The Village Quire – located at 312 Richmond Rd. Find thoughtful, charming cards with warm words and fuzzy feelings, or hilariously inappropriate, laugh-out-loud funny ones, to send your seasons greetings locally and abroad. Owner Molly van der Schee will have you in stitches while handwriting cards from the heart alongside new friends! 

Do you remember licking the raw cookie dough batter and frosty icing spoons from your mothers’ and grandmothers’ favourite holiday baking recipes? Can’t wait to do that with your own kids this season? Over at Kitchenalia, 274 Richmond Rd., find cookie cutters in all shapes and sizes for all of your festive baking needs! Bake up family classics with everything you need to make the perfect batch of shortbreads, butter cookies and more! 

Throw in a little Provençial French flair this holiday season with Chez Francois Plaisirs de Provence, 427 Richmond Rd. Try their house-line assortment of artisan olives and olive oils, salad dressings, vinegars, tapenades, pestos, specialty mustards, handmade chocolates and patisserie treats for you and your guests. They’re 100% natural with no preservatives, offering up the perfect gourmet gifts for your host and hostesses.