Thursday, July 08, 2010

And now a short commercial break....

Getting married? Having a baby? Throwing a party? Just like pretty paper, ribbon and fun cards? (and all the things you can do with it)? Check out my brother's store, UrbanfĂȘte , which he opened with his friend Christine back in May. This is a unique little shop, something fresh that Ottawa hasn't seen until now. It reminds me of strolling through SoHo and happening upon a funky little shop with lots of little surprises tucked in all the corners. Kevin and Christine will welcome you with friendly smiles and walk you through the invite process or leave you to pick that perfect card for someone.

You also have to check out their paper - some of these pieces are works of art in themselves and are begging to be framed. I have big plans for the girls' bedrooms with some of the quirky owl paper.

So, you've done Westboro, you've done the Glebe, why not go for a stroll down Rideau Street to UrbanfĂȘte, tell them Meanie sent you! After your visit, you can either hit up Frenchies for a Famous Burger or to Culinary Conspiracy which is supposed to be a ridiculously good place for some fine food on the go. If you want to sit for a meal, the Sunflower Cafe sounds like another delightful, unique dining experience.

Their store was recently written up on the apt613 blog - where they write much better than I do. Read all about it there :)

urbanfĂȘte | 517 Rideau Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 5Z5 | 613-422-4537
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm


The Maven said...

Holy small world, Batman! Christine is my neighbour and one very cool chick! I guess it's time I go have a look at the new place. Awesome! :)

XUP said...

What a good sister you are! Thanks for the restaurant tips, too.

meanie said...

Maven - that's crazy!
xup - thanks! let me know if you try any of the restos..........

Mylene said...

This is just an f.y.i. for you or any other parents who may be interested in this for your kids.

re: Animation Festival Announces Kids Jury Contest,
Local kids to judge films and TV shows made for them

The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) would like to inform parents that the Festival is inviting local kids to enter its annual Kids Jury contest. Ten animation enthusiasts, ranging from the ages of 9 to 14 years old, will be chosen to judge this year’s competition of short films or TV series made for kids.

To be chosen for the jury, local kids are invited to write a one-pager describing why their favourite animated character is the best cartoon ever. From the best write-ups, the OIAF will select ten lucky winners. These winners will then be whisked away to the Canadian Museum of Civilization on Saturday, October 23, 2010 to watch either short animated films or TV series made for children. They will pick their favourite films or TV shows and award prizes on stage to the winning filmmakers on Sunday, October 24, 2010.

To enter the OIAF’s Kids Jury contest, the one-pagers must be submitted by e-mail:, by fax: (613) 232-6315, or by regular mail: Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2 Daly Avenue, Suite 120, Ottawa, K1N 6E2. The kids must include their name, age and an e-mail address or phone number where they can be reached.

The contest deadline is 4:00 p.m. on September 24, 2010. The winners will be announced at the OIAF News Conference to be held during the first week of October.

The OIAF is also offering other activities for kids and teens at this year’s Festival including: free animation workshops and special screenings. Parents, kids and teens can get more information by visiting the OIAF’s Toon Apprentice website: Toon Apprentice is an educational resource aimed at teaching kids, teens, parents and teachers about the world of animation.