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From Italy to Mechanicsville, Romeo Donatucci closes his garage after 51 years

From Italy to Mechanicsville, Romeo Donatucci closes his garage after 51 years

It wasn't always easy for Romeo Donatucci, moving overseas to open a auto shop in a once rough neighbourhood, but the mechanic is reflecting on his career with gratitude.
'It's a crazy time to open a store:' Ottawa Artisans launching St. Laurent Mall boutique shop

'It's a crazy time to open a store:' Ottawa Artisans launching St. Laurent Mall boutique shop

Andreanne King and her business partners are hoping to build on the success of their online store and pop-up shop from last holiday season.
The 'What's Up Wednesday' holiday rewind

The 'What's Up Wednesday' holiday rewind

We've featured many of Ottawa's small businesses and entrepreneurs who have been doing unique things in an extremely difficult year, through this weekly feature, and as the holiday shopping season heats up, we're looking back.
'We're having a bit of fun': how Centretown's Arlington 5 is rethinking the coffee shop's place

'We're having a bit of fun': how Centretown's Arlington 5 is rethinking the coffee shop's place

"I think we would see, not just an open house, where people come in and sit on their laptops and be in their own space, but an intentional space where we would invite people in to be a part of what we’re up to," says owner Jessie Duffy.
'You just gotta take a chance:' Bytown Beard Co. on jumping into craft business

'You just gotta take a chance:' Bytown Beard Co. on jumping into craft business

Two years ago, James Phillips created his first beard oil in his kitchen. Now, he's got a full-fledged craft business.
Ottawa's 'Thirteen: A Social Enterprise' branching out with new holiday market

Ottawa's 'Thirteen: A Social Enterprise' branching out with new holiday market

Thirteen's youth-led program has been making unique African spice blends, now found at local shops and cafés in Ottawa, for the last four years, and this year the group is branching out with a market of its own.
'You make our culture grow:' NAK Gallery bringing modern art to Wellington West

'You make our culture grow:' NAK Gallery bringing modern art to Wellington West

After a career as a touring singer, Sylvette Briere is carving out her place in Ottawa’s arts community.
Ottawa's reCycles searching for new home as COVID-19 keeps its volunteers busy

Ottawa's reCycles searching for new home as COVID-19 keeps its volunteers busy

The DIY bike shop, currently located on Bronson Avenue, isn't sure where it might end up next.
UPDATE: Ottawa kombucha-maker now looking long-term at idea turned to during pandemic

UPDATE: Ottawa kombucha-maker now looking long-term at idea turned to during pandemic

Buchipop's Patricia Larkin launched Burrow Shop, an online farmers' market, in the early days of the pandemic as a way to keep afloat. But now, she sees it sticking around for much longer.
Houseplants are having their moment — and so is Ottawa's House of Plants

Houseplants are having their moment — and so is Ottawa's House of Plants

Judie Tu started House of Plants as an online store during the pandemic. Now, she's got her own plant shop in House of Plants.
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