Ottawa Beauty and Skincare brands

Ottawa has many many talented folk who run small businesses. This guide is geared towards natural beauty and skincare. I personally love some of these local brands and condone the natural and clean aspects of their products. There are so many ingredients involved in creating skincare and beauty products, some of which are more harmful and can cause irritation with prolonged use. I always find, the fewer ingredients the better!

Aromariss

Aromariss soaps are made using the cold process method to retain the inherent benefits of the natural ingredients. The soaps cure for a minimum of 6-8 weeks to ensure that the bar will be mild, firm and last longer. They use only natural ingredients such as herbs, clays, spices, and vegetable juices. All of the soaps contain least 20% shea butter. They are offering free pick-up in Orleans, free Ottawa delivery on orders over $45 and free shipping on Canadian orders over $90. Find there website here https://www.aromariss.com/

B Masked Skincare

B Masked is an Ottawa based skincare brand that offers sustainable, locally sourced and handmade products. Their dandelion salve is perfect for the cold weather as it moisturizes dry, cracked and itchy skin. Check out their website for more info https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/BMasked

Bee Savvy Honey

Bee Savvy Honey is located in Arnprior and are beekeepers and makers! They recently opened up a shop in Arnprior with tons of local goods. In addition to their lovely honey, they also offer beeswax skincare products. Check out their website here https://www.beesavvy.ca/collections/beeswax-skincare

Copperlace Naturals

Copperlace Naturals is located in Ottawa and creates clean, natural and cruelty free products. They have a great selection of bath products, shower products and lotions! Check out their website here https://copperlacenaturals.ca/

Glorious Life

Glorious Life is an Ottawa based soap and body product brand. Their products are are free of synthetic dyes and fragrances, are natural, vegan, free of gluten ingredients, paraben free, and preservative free.

The soaps are lightly scented with essential oils and coloured with herbs and natural ingredients. Check out their website here https://www.gloriouslifesoap.com/

Good Neighbour Soap & Supply Co.

If you’ve ever been to a local craft market, you will have seen Meredith’s friendly face at her booth. What I love most about these products is the focus on sustainability. Good Neighbour products are packed in aluminum tins and glass bottles, and made with plant-based ingredients. I have used their clarifying shampoo bar and quite enjoyed it! You will find some very luxurious natural soap, skincare, facial serums an hair care on their website and in a few stores around town. They also have free pick-ups in Ottawa. Check it out here https://goodneighboursoap.com/

JulAya Soap

JulAya is run by Yara who named the business after her daughters, Julia and Aya. She makes homemade soaps with natural and skin safe ingredients, colours and fragranced oils. For more information, please visit the instagram page here https://instagram.com/julaya__soap?igshid=tjjjv82wyvrg

HerbalEra

HerbalEra is an all-natural skin care product line. They products are inspired by cruelty free, and free from harmful synthetic materials or crude-oil derivative or compounds. They use pure organic ingredients with unrefined and cold extracted oils & butters. For more information, visit their website https://herbalera.ca/

Little Sweet Peach

I have walked by Little Sweet Peach’s stall at markets before and though Justyna’s bath products were actual edible sweets. Her products are all handmade and natural. Each product has beautiful packaging and looks good enough to eat! Check out the website here https://littlesweetpeach.com/

ManSoap

ManSoap is run by Dana and Shann in Gatineau, who developed these all natural, pure soaps for their teenage daughters who were suffering from acne. They often use olive oil as a base for their soaps which, I personally love. In addition to soaps, this shop also has moisturizers, beard care and shaving products! They are offering store pick-up, $5 flat rate shipping or free shipping on orders over $39. Check them out here https://mansoap.co/

Nurture with Botanics

Nurture with Botanics was inspired by a combination of Hygge and botanics. Lashawna uses locally + sustainably-sourced raw and/or organic ingredients and packaging that can often be reused, infusing hygge + an intentional use of botanics. They’ve got a selection of beauty products accessories and tea! Free local drop offs in Ottawa or a flat rate $5 shipping fee. Find their website here https://www.nurturewithbotanics.com/

Oresta Organic Skincare

Oresta is a clean beauty boutique with 3 locations in Ottawa: Glebe, Hintonburg and New Edinburgh retailing a curated selection of organic skin care brands. Find their website here http://oresta.ca/

Pink Soapworks

Pink Soapworks offers handcrafted goat milk soap, natural bath and body products. They source the majority of their ingredients locally and continuously support local farmers and growers. You can often find their products at Flock Boutique in Hintonburg. Check out their website here https://pinksoapworks.com/

Pure Heart Essentials

Pure Heart Essentials was developed to nourish our bodies and support natural hormonal function. Their skincare, body and hair care products are free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals and artificial scents and colours. I’ve personally used these soaps before, have sensitive skin and thoroughly enjoyed their natural lather. They have free pick-up in Kanata or free shipping on orders over $75. You can find their products at Terra20, NU grocery, Herb and Spice shops and more! Check out their website here https://pureheartessentials.com/

Purple Urchin

Purple Urchin has a physical shop in the Glebe where you can check out all of their wonderful products. The majority of their products are vegan and have never been tested on animals. They also select ingredients that are low-impact and good for the environment. They’ve got a wonderful assortment of gifts for the holidays and gifts for yourself. Free shipping Canada-wide on order over $100. Check out their website here https://www.purpleurchinsoap.com/

Saaboon

Saaboon is an all-natural, vegan soap boutique in Ottawa. They use natural oils and do not use synthetic chemicals or foaming agents, artificial fragrance oils, artificial colourings, or any preservatives. And they are 100% against animal testing! Saaboon also offers wonderful lip balms. They also offer free Canada-wide shipping for orders over $99. Check out their shop and website here https://saaboon.com/

Scrub Inspired

Scrub Inspired is based out of Ottawa and Cape Breton, NS. Their products are Canadian made, 100% natural, fragrance free, eco-friendly and vegan. They’ve got an assortment of scrubs, soaks, body butters, face masks and more! I often see their products at Terra20 and Whole Foods. They offer free shipping on orders over $75. Check out their website here https://scrubinspired.ca/

Sunsational Soaps

Sunsational soaps is a local brand offering all-natural and eco-friendly bath, body, household & pet products. For more information, please visit their website https://www.sunsationalsoaps.com/

Tubby Tabby Soaps

Tubby Tabby soaps is named after Eli and Lia’s cat Abby who they also refer to as Tubby Tabby. I love the concept behind this brand and their soaps are loads of fun! None of their products contain harsh surfactants or detergents that aren’t biodegradable. All soaps are made with natural (usually edible) oils that have a simple, naturally-occurring chemical added to make soap: lye. Check out their website to read more about this lovely pair https://tubbytabby.com/

Twenty20 Skincare

This local company is owned by Elena Minnow who has a passion for natural skincare. Her skincare products focus mainly on shea butter bought at fair trade prices enables the women working in the shea supply chain to improve their working and living conditions. You can find Twenty20 Skincare all across the city at various local shops. Check out their website here https://www.twenty20skincare.com/

White Clover Soap

White Clover Soap in based in Manotick and these soaps are all natural and handcrafted. They are also created with high quality oils, butters pure essential oils, herbs and botanicals. For more information, visit their instagram https://www.instagram.com/whitecloversoap/

Woman Divine Skincare

Woman Divine Skincare is a organic and holistic skincare studio in Westboro. They have tailored facial treatments at the studio and they also create pure botanical, all-organic, handcrafted, micro-batch collection of face and body oils and balms. You can shop their products online here https://www.womandivine.ca/shop

Zoe’s Corner

Zoe’s Corner has a physical shop in Gloucester and they offer a great variety of natural skincare products. I have used a few of Zoe’s products over the years and my favourites are the bath bombs and the coffee scrub soap bar. They have curbside pick-up in Ottawa and offer free shipping on orders over $75. Check out their website here https://www.zoescorner.ca/

Other Skincare shops to check out in Ottawa

All Eco Ottawa

All Eco Ottawa is located in the Glebe and carries so many wonderful local and Canadian brands. If you want to find a variety of skincare products, you can stop by their shop to check out the selection. For more information check out their website here https://alleco.ca/

NU Grocery

NU Grocery has a personal care section where you can also find a good selection of natural or organic skincare products, while you browse for zero waste groceries! Check out their website here https://nugrocery.com/

Terra20

If you didn’t already know, Terra20 is my favourite store for many many reasons. First off, they are local to Ottawa and carry Canadian an local products. Their ethics indicate which products meet each ethic via little symbols. You can find a lovely selection of natural, organic and vegan products in their store. They offer free shipping on orders over $49 and curbside pick-up at all locations. Shop their store here https://terra20.com/

As always, if I am missing anyone, please let me know.

Ginger & Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie and these soft ginger + molasses cookies do the trick.

Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup molasses

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsps baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp ginger

2 cups large oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line 2 baking trays.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Stir in egg and molasses.
  4. Add in flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Mix well.
  5. Stir in oats.
  6. Measure out Tablespoon sized balls of dough and place onto your lined baking tray. Make sure to space them at least 1-2 inches apart. I like to gently flatten the dough before baking, this is optional.
  7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until they are golden. Remove, cool and enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.

They taste fantastic dipped in a cup of coffee.

Ottawa apparel brands

As I continue to support the local community, I’m finding more and more independent apparel brands. These makers put so much love into their products and deserve a shoutout. These are brands without storefronts, if you are looking for Ottawa shops with storefronts to support, click here https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/your-ottawa-apparel-guide

Blondie Apparel

Blondie is based out of Almonte, ON and their apparel can be found at Doree’s Habit, owned by Blondie Co-owner Brodie. Their pieces are some of the softest and coziest They’ve got sweaters, scarves, toquess and accessories. Their apparel can also be found across Canada, the details are on their website. They also offer free shipping on orders $50 and over. Check out their website https://blondieapparel.com/

Calita Intimates

Calita is owned by Rebecca who is based in Ottawa. She creates beautiful underwear made from natural fibers. Natural fibers for undergarments are one of the best options, it creates more breathability. Check out Calita’s website https://calita.ca/

Capsule Creator

Rebecca is the mastermind behind Capsule Creator. She creates capsule collections for all body shapes and sources the best fabrics. These pieces will last you a long time and they are created with so much love. She recently launched an Athlete Collection that contains a gorgeous bomber jacket and joggers, among the other items. Check out Rebecca’s website https://rebeccarowe.ca/

Here is a beautiful skirt I picked up from Rebecca’s pop-up shop in February.

Copious Fashions

Carissa is another amazing designer who owns Copious Fashions. Each piece from Carissa’s collections revolves around being Canadian-made, well-made and being environmentally friendly. She has quite a few collections available online, there’s lots to choose from. Her most recent initiative is the Femme sweater. The Femme sweater showcases women who inspire you. Each sweater is custom made with embroidered names to highlight three women who inspire you. Free shipping in ON/QC on orders over $70. Check out Carissa’s website https://www.copiousfashions.com/

Dutch Bike Printing Co.

Dutch Bike is a hand silkscreened apparel and homeware company in Ottawa, with a focus on the bicycle theme. They hand print each item using water-based eco-friendly ink and source t-shirts from companies that have ethical practices. Check out their website https://dutchbikeprinting.com/

Fletch Robbins

Fletch Robbins is a husband and wife illustration team who create designs of dinosaur skeletons, animals and lots of other illustrations. Their illustrations are printed onto a variety of t-shirts and hoodies. They have also got prints and cards available online. Check out their website https://fletchrobbins.com/

Jet Set Collective

Jet Set Collective is an apparel company located in Ottawa who creates wicked apparel for jet setters. I love the concept of supporting a local brand that keeps you cozy while you travel. Check out their website https://jetsetcollective.ca/

Line Original

Line Original an artist carved apparel brand located in Ottawa run by Alex. Check out their website here https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LINEoriginal

Little Press Co

Little Press Co. was started by Tamy, an Ottawa mom of 2 kids, to keep busy when her son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in 2018. He is now cancer free and this apparel line continued on! I recently purchased a t-shirt from this lovely shop and love it. Check out their holiday designs on their website here https://littlepressco.ca/

Mama Dye

If you haven’t already seen Mama Dye’s work, she makes incredible tie dye creations. You can even get a matching sweat suit created with custom colours. What a great gift idea for yourself or a loved one! Check out her instagram page here https://www.instagram.com/_mamadye/?hl=en

McShane Custom Design

McShane Custom Design creates wonderful tie dye apparel and is located in Ottawa. This shop offers local pick-up in Ottawa and $1 from each purchase is donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Another great gift idea for your friends and family! Check out their Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mcshanecustomdesign/

Octopied Mind

This Ottawa apparel brand creates thought-provoking graphics on quality products. Each of their pieces tell a story we all share. They have incredible graphics and offer free local pick-up and free shipping on orders over $150. Check out their website https://octopiedmind.com/

Rain and Moonwater

Rain and Moonwater offers natural fiber hand dyed boho apparel. All of their pieces are hand sewn and dyed using an ice dye method. Ice dying is a slow fashion technique using ice and reactive dyes. Check out their website https://www.rainandmoonwater.com/

Six One Three Co.

Six One Three Co. is based in Ottawa and offers a range of printed apparel. Their mission is to give back to charities of all sorts. 5% of their sales go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation and another 5% goes to different charities each month. Check out their website https://sixonethreeco.ca/

Stephanie Davis

Stephanie Davis designs ready-to-wear and one-of-a-kind gowns for women. They have a lovely focus on empowering women and donate a percentage of each order to charities to support the mental health and wellbeing of the local community. This brand believes in the slow fashion movement, which I condone! Check out their website https://sdavisdesigns.ca/

Tangente Clothing

Tangente Clothing is designed and created in Ottawa. Their apparel available at Workshop and Flock boutiques in Ottawa. They have a great selection of tops, dresses and more! Check out their website https://www.tangenteclothing.net/

Twiss and Weber

Twiss and Weber recently closed their physical storefront but they remain available as an online shop. They design, cut and sew their apparel in Ottawa. They are community oriented and support local! Check out their website https://twissandweber.com/

Village Envy

Village Envy is a local Ottawa shop owned by Chinelo who also runs The Thirsty Maiden Cafe in Kanata. Village Envy has a wide range of apparel and accessories for everyone. They are currently in a pop-up shop at the Thirsty Maiden. Check out their website https://www.villageenvy.com/

Please let me know if I am missing any local brands by sending me a message or leaving a comment.

Other shop local links

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/ottawa-s-plants-and-flowers

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/local-coffee-guide

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/books-books-books

Your Ottawa Apparel Guide

Ottawa boasts a great variety of local apparel with both physical shops and with local makers. I’ve been slowly transitioning the majority of my wardrobe to Canadian made and supporting local. I’m sure there are a few spots and makers I might be missing, feel free to send me a message or leave a comment!

Allegro Clothing

Allegro is located in Hintonburg and they have a wonderful selection of apparel and accessories. Check out their Facebook page here https://m.facebook.com/allegroclothing

BBxCollection

If you haven’t heard of BbxCo, it is a brick and mortar shop in the Byward Market where you can find some of the best printed apparel. You can also find accessories, beauty products and a variety of other goods. You can also find Megan, in the shop, every day. She’s the kindest person, who constantly brings in local brands to her shop. This shop is currently open for browsing, online shopping, local pick-up and free shipping on orders over $55. Check out her shop here https://www.bbxcollection.com?sca_ref=234222.Hfl1Qf9hfA

Delilah

Delilah is a women’s clothing shop in the Glebe with a wonderful selection of apparel, accessories and shoes. They have a great pick-of-the-day promotion each day. Check out their website here https://mydelilah.ca/

Doree’s Habit

Doree’s Habit is in Almonte, but I had to include this shop because they carry the best bamboo leggings I have ever owned. In addition to leggings, they carry some cozy apparel, printed apparel, accessories and shoes! They are offering curbside pick-up and free shipping on order over $40. Check out their website here https://dorees.ca/

Here is a picture of me, in the bamboo leggings from Doree’s Habit.

Frou Frou by Pat

Frou Frou is located in York street in the iconic yellow building in the Byward Market. They have a very fun variety of apparel and accessories in this shop. Check out their website https://froufroubypat.business.site/

Workshop and Flock Boutique

Workshop is located in the Byward Market and Flock Boutique is located in Hintonburg. These shops carry Canadian made apparel from a variety of designers. They have casual wear, formal wear, accessories, and carry local goods that are great for gifting! I’ve got a handful of dresses and tops from this shop and absolutely love them. Every time I step foot into the shop, I feel the love from the shop staff and love browsing the racks. This shop is currently open for browsing, local pick-up and free shipping onnn orders over $100. Check out their website here https://workshopboutique.ca/

Milk Shop

Milk Shop is located in the Byward Market and are open for walk-in and appointment shopping. They have a great selection of clothes accessories, gifts and some of the best cards. I’ve purchased plenty of cards from this shop over the years; they are witty cards. Check out their website here https://milkshop.ca/

Must Boutique

Must Boutique is a new apparel shop in Westboro. They’ve got an excellent selection of classic pieces. Check out their Facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/mustboutiquewestboro/

Schad

Schad is located in the Byward Market. This boutique carries some lovely designer brands and has a constant rotation of new seasonal apparel & accessories. If you’re in the market for some covetable apparel, you need to check out this shop. They are offering free shipping on orders over $200. Check out their website here https://schad.ca/

Tallow

Tallow is located on Richmond Street in Westboro and they are a luxe-boheme boutique. The shop has impeccable decor and gives off a laid-back coastal vibe. They have a great selection of swimwear amongst their other apparel. They are offering in store pick up and shipping. Check out their website here https://www.shoptallow.com/

The Kania Life

Kania Life is located in the Byward Market and they offers apparel that blends fitness and fashion. They have versatile and comfortable pieces for everyday wear. Check out their website here https://kania.ca/pages/the-kania-brand

Victoire

Victoire is located in Hintonburg and focuses on Canadian made ethical & sustainable accessories and apparel. If you’ve ever been to this shop, it’s got a beautiful collection of quality products. They are open Tuesday – Saturday 11AM-5PM as well as free shipping on orders over $50. Check out their website here https://victoireboutique.com/

Viens Avec Moi Boutique

Viens Avec Moi Boutique is located in the Glebe and they too, have an impeccable interior. This shop has a variety of bigger brands, local brands and beauty products. They even have their own line of branded apparel, of which I have + love. Check out their website here https://viensavecmoi.ca/

Vincent Boutique

If you’ve ever noticed a shop on Preston Street with a lovely floral border on the window, you will know that is Vincent Boutique. They have beautiful designer apparel in their shop. They are currently open for private appointments, curbside pick-up and free shipping on order over $200. Check out their website here https://www.shopvincent.ca/

Ottawa Shoe Stores

Glebe Trotters

This shoe store has been around since 1994 and it located in the Glebe. They have a quality selection of footwear for everyone! They offer curbside pick-up, delivery within a certain area and free shipping on orders over $120. Check out their website here https://glebetrotters.com/

Letellier Shoes

Letellier shoes has been around for quite some time and is located on Rideau Street. They have a great selection of shoes for everyone! Check out their website here https://letelliershoes.com/

Mansfield’s Shoes

Mansfield’s Shoes is located in Manotick but I had to include them on this list. They have such a great selection of women’ shoes and accessories as well. They have been in business for 30 years! They offer in store shopping and pick-up. Check out their website here https://www.mansfieldsshoes.ca/

For more shops, check out Ottawa River Lifestyle’s guide here https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-shop-locally-in-ottawa-for-the-holidays

For similar local guides, click here

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/ottawa-s-plants-and-flowers

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/books-books-books

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/local-coffee-guide

Ottawa’s plants and flowers

Ottawa has some pretty amazing plant and flower shops. You can find a great list over on Ottawa River Lifestyle’s blog https://ottawariverlifestyle.com/blogs/news/where-to-buy-plants-in-ottawa

I have a few more shops to add to the list.

The Ottawa Flower Market

I’ve been attending the flower market since last summer when they had monthly pop-up markets at Somerset Square. The market came together through 6 local flower farmers/florists who aim to promote seasonal, local and sustainable blooms. This year, they have been taking pre-orders for pick-up at various locations. This fall and winter, some farmers/florist will have offerings. If you have any questions, each one of these shops can answer your floral inquiries, they are experts.

https://www.ottawaflowermarket.ca/

Rosalind’s Garden Blooms

Rosalind grows all of her beautiful blooms in her garden and has a rotating selection of buds based on the season. Last year, I picked up DIY dried flower wreath kits and they were a blast to put together. Rosalind also offers a variety of edible flowers and edible dried flowers!

Rosalind’s website https://rosalindsgardenblooms.ca/

Riverwood Gardens

Riverwood Gardens puts together some of the most gorgeous bouquets and they often put together custom bouquets for weddings.

Riverwood’s website https://www.riverwoodgardens.ca/

Roam Flora

Roam Flora is a cut flower farm, with quite the impressive field of blooms. During non-pandemic years, you can visit their flower farm.

Roam Flora’s website https://roamflora.ca/

Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals

Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals is also a flower farm that is located just outside of Perth. They also create beautiful custom bouquets for weddings throughout the year.

Sylvia’s 4th Line Florals website https://www.sylvias4thlineflorals.ca/

City Love Flowers

City Love Flowers has an urban flower garden and has launched an Elderflower program to bring blooms to isolated seniors in Ottawa. She is accepting donations for this initiative for 2021. For the season, this floral shop is closed.

City Love Flowers website https://cityloveflowers.ca/

Ganden Gardens and Frank Town House are also a part of the Ottawa Flower market and you can find their instagram accounts here https://www.instagram.com/gandengardens/?hl=en

https://www.instagram.com/franktownhouse/?hl=en

More wonderful shops

Amethyst Floral

Amethyst Floral is located in Beckwith, just outside of Ottawa but I had to include them. They cater to weddings but have beautiful wreaths and offer a bouquet subscription service.

Amethyst Floral website http://www.theamethystfloral.com/

Aquatopia Water Garden Conservatory

Aquatopia is a lovely venue for events but they also sell plants! Yes, this serene space with the koi pond and glass exterior has plants for sale. It is truly a magical space and you need to check it out. They are in Carp but worth the trip!

Aquatopia website https://www.aquatopiaconservatory.com/

Beaudry Flowers

Beaudry Flowers is located at Trainyards and is a family-run business. You can find florals, plants, pots and more at this shop!

Beaudry Flowers website https://beaudryflowers.ca/

Capital Florist Ottawa

Capital Florist Ottawa offers beautiful bouquets and dried arrangements. I myself, have purchased a dried bouquet for my house. I absolutely love my bouquet and believe flower are great gifts. They are offering delivery and curbside pick up in Gatineau/Aylmer. Capital Florist Ottawa also offers wedding services at their sister brand Love in Bloom. https://www.loveinbloomott.com/

Capital Florist Ottawa website https://capitalfloristott.com/

House of Plants

House of Plants is in the Nepean area of Ottawa, close to the Hunt Club and Prince of Wales intersection. They’ve got all sorts of plants and accessories! They also offer local delivery and nationwide shipping. House of Plants website https://houseofplants.ca/

Langdon’s Flowers

Langdon’s has such a welcoming atmosphere every time I walk into this shop. They are located by Billings Bridge and are a family run business. I’ve picked up many plants and flowers from this shop in the past. they have excellent service! They offer a delivery service, more details on their website.

Langdon’s Flowers website http://www.langdonsflowers.com/

Floral Studios and Event Designers

Maison Anthea

This floral shop is located on Somerset. If you have ever taken a gander at Maison Anthea’s designs, you will know that they are incredible. Maison Anthea creates some stunning wedding floral designs. They also have a beautiful collection of fall wreaths for sale online. Her dried flower designs are also a great gift idea!

Maison Anthea website https://www.maisonanthea.ca/

Mill Street Florist

Mill Street Florist is in Manotick and if you’ve ever been into this shop, it is stunning. Even their porch is enviable. Their shop is closed to the public but you can support them by ordering online for curbside pick up or delivery.

Mill Street Florist website http://www.millstreetflorist.com/

Pollen Nation Floral Studio

Pollen Nation is located in Nepean + Carleton Place and specializes in special event designs. I’ve had the opportunity to see some of their designs and I can attest, they are stunning. In their shop they also have succulents, dried floral arrangements, artwork and more. Additionally, their creations include unique eco-focused naturals combined with one-off locally sourced up-cycled vases and vessels.

Pollen Nation website https://www.wearepollennation.com/index.html

Rebel Petal Floral Design Studio

Rebel Petal is located in Manotick and is offering online and telephone orders. In addition to beautiful blooms, they also have a great selection of giftware.

Rebel Petal Floral Design Studio website https://www.rebelpetal.com/

Trillium Floral Designs

Trillium Floral is located in Kanata North and has a variety of flowers, plants and home decor. They also offer custom services!

Trillium Floral Designs website https://www.trilliumfloral.ca/shop

If I am missing any businesses, feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

Other shop local links

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/your-ottawa-apparel-guide

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/books-books-books

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/local-coffee-guide

Books, books, books

Ottawa has a variety of local book stores for you to shop from. You can get new books, used books, rare books and so much more! I’m personally I big fan of shopping for books because I always find new authors and books I want to read.

Barely Bruised Book Club

An Indigenous owned book store located in Sandy Hill with a cozy atmosphere. They’ve got both French and English books for your selection.

Here is their website https://www.ottawabookstore.ca/

Black Squirrel Books

I have been swinging by this book/coffee shop since it opened and have loved it ever since. I loved the way the books were stacked in this shop and the assortment of used books they have. Since COVID started, they have pivoted to take out orders and pick-ups. They have daily book sales over on their instagram stories – you will want to check these out.

Here is their website https://www.blacksquirrelbooks.ca/?q=h

Book Bazaar

This shop has been open since 1974 and holds an eclectic mix of books. They’ve got rare books, used books and music sheets. Support this family owned business buy purchasing your next book(s) from here

Here is their website https://www.bookbazaar.ca/

Octopus Books

If you’ve ever walked through the Glebe, you will have noticed this book shop with the large octopus painted outside. It’s a woman owned book store that sells all sorts of books. They are offering shipping or pick-up at their shop during COVID.

Here is their website https://octopusbooks.ca/

Singing Pebble Books

This book shop is located on Main Street beside the Green Door vegetarian restaurant. They have a wide selection of books on health and healing, women’s studies, philosophy, self help, parenting, psychology, metaphysics, vegetarian cooking, Eastern and Western spirituality. They also carry fiction and children’s books. They are open during COVID and also offer curbside pick up.

Here is their website http://www.singingpebblebooks.ca/

Perfect Books

Perfect Books is located on Elgin St and has many great books to offer. They are open and offer curbside pick up.

Here is their website http://perfectbooks.ca/wp/

Patrick McGahern Books

This book shop is located in the Byward market and offers used and rare books. If you’ve ever been in the shop, they have rolling wooden ladders that I love.

Here is their website https://www.mcgahernbooks.ca/

Librarie du Soleil

For those looking for a french bookstore to support, you can find this shop in the heart of the Byward Market. They have been open for over 30 years and have a second location in Gatineau. They have a wide variety of french books.

Here is their website https://dusoleil.leslibraires.ca/

Le Coin du Livre

A Franco-Ontarian book store with plenty of French books for your perusing. This shop is located on Cyrville road.

Here is their website https://www.coindulivre.ca/?fbclid=IwAR32MEW8ysWgtqOXXRsp51yevGc5V6v3VrREqKMHDj2Rgip-n-GxD3HAFYw

Books on Beechwood

Books on Beechwood is an independent shop that offers in store shopping, shipping and pick-up on their books.

Here is their website https://booksonbeechwood.ca/

For my Comic book readers, here are a few I have been to in town:

https://cometcomics.ca/wp/

https://thecomicbookshoppe.com/

https://mythslegendsandheroes.com/

http://koboldscorner.com/

A few other used book stores in the city to consider:

http://www.bookmarket.ca/

http://www.rereadusedbooks.com/

One last used book store is the “Book Store” located at 5525 Dickinson St. in Manotick. I find they have a great selection of books and I’ve purchased on several occasions. They have a great selection of Canadian novels at the back of the store.

If I’m missing any shops, please don’t hesitate to message me or leave a comment.

Other shop local links

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/local-coffee-guide

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/your-ottawa-apparel-guide

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/ottawa-s-plants-and-flowers

Local Coffee & Tea Guide

I have a profound love for local coffee and tea. I’ve definitely had my fair share of tea and coffee around town and over the years. I’ve learned to appreciate the locality of these businesses and will share them with you. I enjoy a darker roast coffee with depth of flavour. This year in particular, I’m focused on supporting local and hope you are too!

Coffee

Birch Bark Coffee Co.

Birch Bark Coffee Co. is a coffee roaster based out of Ottawa, who is working to provide clean water for Indigenous families across Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from each bag that Birch Bark Coffee Company sells will help buy water purifiers for Indigenous families who don’t have access to clean water. I haven’t had a chance to taste these beans yet, but they are on the list. You can find their beans at a variety of shops in Ottawa, please see their retail locations tab on their webpage.

For more information, please visit their website – https://birchbarkcoffeecompany.com/

Bluebarn Coffee Roasters

Bluebarn Coffee Roasters is located in Wakefield, QC. They roast their beans in an actual Blue barn in Wakefield, which is so neat! They are a group of friends and family who love coffee and create great coffee. You can find their beans at a few locations in Ottawa, like the Herb and Spice shop, Black Squirrel Books and more!

For more information, please visit their website – https://bluebarncoffee.com/

Brown Bag Coffee Roasters

This roaster is located in Aylmer but I will include them on this list because they can often be found in Ottawa shops. They offer free local delivery, curbside pick up and free Canada-wide shipping. I have yet to try these beans but will be picking up a bag once I run out of my current beans.

For more information, please visit their website https://bbcr.ca/

Cafe Latte Cino

Caffe Latte Cino also offers coffee beans and tea in addition to their regular menu. They are located in Orleans.

For more information, please visit their website https://cafelattecino.com/

Cloud Forest Coffee

I stumbled open Cloud Forest Coffee at a craft market about two years ago. I instantly fell in love with the flavour and depth of the beans. The scent of the coffee generally draws me into tasting it. I have since cycled through two bags of the medium roast coffee beans. CloudForest Coffee is an organic direct-trade coffee. They currently have a pop-up shop with Pokoloko in Westboro until December 31!

CloudForest Coffee also offers delivery, see their website for more information. https://cloudforestcoffee.ca

Eight50 Coffee

Eight50 Coffee is a female owned coffee company in Ottawa run by Muna. They offer beans and coffee subscription boxes. They just launched their coffee earlier this year!

For more information, please visit their website

https://eight50coffee.com/

Equator Coffee Roasters

Equator has been around since 1998 and a certified B Corporation. They offer such a fantastic variety of roasts and wicked merchandise. They also have a few shops around town, if you didn’t already know. My favourite roast so far has been Outlier, a delicious medium roast coffee. Pick up a bag of beans at any of their shops or various local shops around Ottawa.

For more information, please visit their website https://equator.ca/

Figaro Coffee

Figaro is located at Trainyards and offers a variety of coffee beans to go. They also offer delivery on their beans within Ottawa.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.figarocoffeehouse.com/

Fluid Solar Roasted Coffee

Fluid Coffee is located in Clayton, but you can pick up their beans at various shops like Herb and Spice shop or 692 Coffee Bar in Manotick. I personally, love their Ambrosia roast and have a 1lb bag of beans at home. The coolest part about these beans are how they are processed. These beans are processed with renewable energy, the waste water is recycled and they use compostable bags. Every aspect of sustainability in procuring these beans has been thought of.

For more information, please visit their website https://fluidcoffee.ca/

Francesco’s Coffee Company

Francesco’s is located right in Ottawa and offer roast-to-order beans. I have yet to try these beans but I’ve been told they are quite a good roast.

For more information, please visit their website https://francescoscoffee.com/Olivia/?ref=506

Happy Goat Coffee Company

Happy Goat Coffee is an Ottawa-based coffee company, headquartered in Hintonburg. They have a few locations across the city and delicious brews. At the moment their Laurel location remains open, with reduced hours. You can also find them online and they are offering free shipping on orders over $40.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.happygoatcoffee.com/

Joe the Dog Coffee

I first discovered this coffee at a pet store on Bank St. in 2014. Joe the Dog Coffee beans are roasted in eastern Ontario and they also raise funds for local animal rescues. There are a few options for roasts and they are pretty tasty. My favourite roast is the Gotta Go.

For more information, please visit their website http://www.joethedogcoffee.ca/

Little Victories Coffee

Another local coffee shop in the Glebe. I bought two bags of the Sunshine bags and they were mild and easy to drink. The shop has a few other beans to offer and they are located in a great spot. Little Victories coffee is available for purchase online. If you order 3 bags or more, they are offering free shipping Canada wide with the code COMMUNITY or free local delivery. They have opened up an outdoor pop-up shop to the side of their building.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.lvcoffee.ca/

Lulo Coffee Roasters

Lulo Coffee is an Ottawa based micro-roastery that launched earlier this year. I’ve heard that Arlington 5 has partnered with Lulo Coffee Roasters. Excited to see what comes next!

For more information, please visit their website https://lulocoffee.ca/

Mighty Valley Coffee

This coffee company is located in Smiths Falls but you can find their beans at Massine’s Your Independent Grocer in Ottawa. I haven’t had the chance to try these beans yet but I’ve heard others really enjoy their coffee.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.mightyvalleycoffee.com/


Morning Owl Coffee

Morning Owl has many locations across the city but they also sell their own beans. If you’ve every picked up a cuppa coffee and enjoyed their brew, why not buy a bag of beans. They also have some wicked merchandise available.

Check out their individual instagram accounts for more information. Here is a link to the offerings at the Parkdale location https://form.jotform.com/202736056977263

No Go Coffee Co.

No Go Coffee is located in Kemptville and started in North Gower. They offer a variety of roasts and even have some apparel for sale! You can find these beans at a few locations across the Ottawa Valley, more information is available on their website.

For more information, please visit their website https://nogocoffee.com/

North Brew Coffee

North Brew Coffee is another great local coffee roaster who donates a portion of every bag sold to the Ottawa Mission. They recently launched an Autumn Brew that sounds quite delicious. I have found their coffee at Makerhouse Co. in Hintonburg and picked up a bag last fall.

For more information, please visit their website https://northbrew.ca/

To shop their coffee from Makerhouse Co. https://makerhouse.com/

Pico Alto Coffee

Pico Alto is located in Gatineau, QC and they are built on sustainable development. Pico Alto imports, packages and distributes organic coffee beans grown by local farmers in the Copan region of Honduras.

For more information, please visit their website – http://picoalto.ca/index.html

Poppa Bean Coffee 

Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery, I have had the pleasure of having each time I visit the Lansdowne Farmers Market. I always bring my reusable mug knowing that there will be fresh local coffee available. The coffee profile is refreshing and light. Spots where you can grab these beans include Whole Foods, The Herb and Spice shop on Wellington St W and Seed to Sausage on Gladstone. Poppa Bean is a part of an initiative called the Vendors Project where you can order from select vendors who would normally be found at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market. If you order over $45, free delivery is available.

For more information, please visit their website – https://www.poppabean.ca/collections/pure-bread-sourdough

Snark Coffee

Snark is located in Arnprior but it’s only a short drive away from Ottawa. What I love about Snark Bean is their partnership with four charities whom you can donate part of your coffee proceeds to.

For more information, please visit their website https://snarkbean.com/

Suzie Sips Coffee

Sue started up her coffee business earlier this year and I’ve had the chance of trying out a bag. I enjoyed my medium roast bag of beans. She currently offers free delivery in Ottawa with a purchase of $25 and over.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.suziesips.com/

Tea

Birch Moon Wellness Co.

Birch Moon is a tea company based in Ottawa that offers wellness teas made with wild-harvested Siberian chaga and herbs. They even have some wicked merchandise for tea lovers.

For more information, please visit their website https://birchmoon.ca/

Diversitea

Diversitea can often be found at the Ottawa Farmer’s Market on Sundays at Lansdowne. The market is where I first discovered this wonderful tea shop. Their chai tea and ginger syrup are two of my favourite products. They are also available in various shops around Ottawa, their website has more information.

For more information, please visit their website http://www.diversitea.ca/

Green Lotus Organics

Green Lotus Organice is a new tea company in town. They hand pick their herbs in remote parts of Wakefield. The herbs are wild, organic and cultivated by nature!

Visit their Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/greenlotusorganics/

Life Booster Tea

Life Booster Tea is a Canadian based company whose mission is to improve the lives of women and men throughout the world and to bring the planet back to life through reforestation. Each product sold plants one tree! All of their teas are ethically sourced and contain only specific, hand-picked ingredients that have been proven to produce results and make positive changes in people’s lives. They also offer free delivery to Ottawa residents! Check out their website https://lifeboostertea.com/

Shanti Tea

Another great local tea company, with many great options. They also sell dry foods, herbs and spices. I first discovered this tea company in 2015 at a shop on Bank St. in Old Ottawa South. I really enjoy their tea and so far my favourite is the Strawberry White tea, it’s nice and subtle. Shanti tea can also be found at the Country Perks Cafe inside the Country Moments Spa in Navan.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.shantitea.ca/

https://countrymomentsspa.ca/

Take Charge Tea

I had Take Charge Tea years ago and quite enjoyed it. Take Charge Tea is home business owned and operated by Bonnie-Jean Stacey. They have lots of tea options for targeted functions and you can find them at many stores in Ottawa. Check out their website http://www.maidenkanadah.com/

Tea Genic Wellness

Tea Genic Wellness is located in Ottawa and their focus is on health and wellness. For more information, please visit their website https://teagenicwellness.com/

Tealee

I’ve been drinking Tealee tea since 2012 and they popped up on the campus farmer’s market. Ever since, I have always picked up tea from this local brand. They offer local pick-up in Ottawa! I really enjoy the apple cinnamon oolong tea. They also create custom blends for special occasions.

For more information, visit their website https://www.tealee.ca/

Tease Tea

Tease Tea is headquartered in Ottawa and is an all-natural & sustainably sourced tea company. What I love most about this tea is their objective of empowering women and giving back through their Charitea program. They offer pick up at their head office on Canotek Road and they can be found at many stores across Ottawa.

For more information, visit their website https://teasetea.com/

Teastore

The Teastore is located right in the heart of the Byward Market and it has been a staple in my tea collection for over 8 years. They have the best selection of tea and they create their own blends. If you haven’t had the chance to check out their scones, add it to your list. Personal favourites from this shop are the Buckingham Palace tea, Lady Grey and the Peach Apricot tea.

For more information, please visit their website https://www.teastore.ca/

Mint and Honey

Mint & Honey tea and gift emporium is located in Kanata and they have a wonderful selection of tea. They offer a variety of local products in their inventory as well as tea. Great spot to purchase a gift!

For more information, please visit their website https://mintandhoney.ca/

If I am missing any local coffee or tea vendors, please send me a message or leave a comment.

Other shop local links

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/books-books-books

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/ottawa-s-plants-and-flowers

https://www.inspiringolivia.com/post/your-ottawa-apparel-guide

Apple crisp shortbread bars

As you pick those apples off the branches at the orchard, you might wonder – what can I do with all these? Well, you can make apple crisp shortbread bars and so many other wonderful apple treats (Check out my other apple recipes).

Makes 9 – 16 squares

Ingredients

Shortbread layer

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Apple layer

4-5 medium peeled, cored and thinly sliced apples

1 Tbsp lemon juice

2 Tbsps all purpose flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Crumble layer

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp cinnamon

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed

Directions

  1. Shortbread crust – Preheat oven to 350°F. Line and grease a 8×8″ or 9×9″ with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the butter and sugar until smooth Add vanilla and continue mixing until dough resembles a crumble. Press the dough evenly along the bottom of the line pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes until dough rises a bit. Then cool.
  3. Apple layer – In a large bowl, mix your prepared apple slices with the lemon juice, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour this mixture onto the baked shortbread crust and spread evenly.
  4. Crumble layer – In a small bowl, mix the crumble layer and sprinkle over the apple layer.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes or until the apples bubble an the top is golden. Once ready, remove, cool and cut into bars.
  6. Enjoy!

Jasmine tea, honey and apple cake

You read that right, jasmine tea in a cake. I was skeptical before I made this cake but the three flavour profiles really bring together the best combination.

Makes 1 bundt cake

Ingredients

3/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1-2 apples, sliced thin

1 Tbsp loose leaf jasmine tea

1 Tbsp dark honey

Zest of 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup sour cream

3 large eggs

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

Jasmine honey syrup

2 tsp loose leaf jasmine tea

1/4 cup dark honey

1/4 cup water

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 340°F. Grease a 12 cup bundt pan.
  2. Place the apple slices into the base and up the sides of the pan. Press them down a bit.
  3. In a small ceramic or glass bowl, mix 2 Tbsp of boiling water, 1 Tbsp honey and the lemon zest and let it infuse for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the butter, sugar and vanilla. Add sour cream and strain the jasmine tea mixture into the cake batter and mix. Add in eggs, one at a time and mix after each addition.
  5. Add in dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  6. Pour batter into the pan gently, making sure not to move the apple slices. Bake for 30- 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cake cool for 10 minutes and then flip it onto a flat surface.
  7. In a small saucepan, heat up 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup water, 2 tsp jasmine tea leaves and bring to a simmer. Add in lemon juice and cook on low for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool a bit and pour over cake.
  8. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Scones

I love a good pumpkin scone with a kick of spice. I’ve had my fair share of scones and often find they are a tad too dry. These on the other hand, are perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Makes 8 scones

Ingredients

1 3/4 cup flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsps cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 tsps vanilla extract

1 Tbsp molasses

1 large egg

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

1/4 cup greek yogurt

1 Tbsp milk

Glaze

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin purée

Pinch of pumpkin spice mix

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Add in butter and keep mixing.
  4. Add in the vanilla extract, molasses and egg and mix.
  5. Add in the pumpkin purée and greek yogurt and mix.
  6. Place dough onto sheet and shape into an 8 inch disc. Cut into 8 wedges and brush with milk
  7. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes and then cool. Edges should be crisp and the middle soft.
  8. Mix the glaze and pour gently onto scones.
  9. Enjoy!