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Former soldier from Arnprior overcoming injury, finding new purpose through Sweetlife Flora nursery

Former soldier from Arnprior overcoming injury, finding new purpose through Sweetlife Flora nursery

Kristin Topping went looking for a new career after a brain injury took her out of the military. She found Sweetlife Flora after she found herself.
'Business has never been better:' Pandemic bringing customers back to Compact Music

'Business has never been better:' Pandemic bringing customers back to Compact Music

Compact Music says the focus on 'shop local' has really helped the store thrive.
'I'm an ambitious, hard-working guy:' High Ties owner launching seven cannabis stores in Ottawa

'I'm an ambitious, hard-working guy:' High Ties owner launching seven cannabis stores in Ottawa

Will Chaar is opening locations downtown, in the Glebe and Orléans, in addition to his Embrun storefront.
J.A. Laporte's Flowers & Nursery closing after 60 years in Orléans

J.A. Laporte's Flowers & Nursery closing after 60 years in Orléans

Margaret Trudeau, Rob Bryden and Ed Broadbent were regular customers at the nursery, which has also served as a location for television cooking shows.
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.
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