Father’s Day Gift Guide #1
▪️ Give your sporty dad a new cycling top from The Cyclery. Although in-person shopping is still a no-no, the website is well stocked with bike parts, clothing and accessories, and gadgets for hard to buy for fellows. Right now you can score a Castelli mens jersey for $299.99, and for a very Canadian look, they’ve even got a few ’20 Biemme Canada jerseys for $55.
▪️ Sporty and unsporty Dads alike will appreciate a sport massage from Body + Mind Sports Massage Therapy. The price list will suit all budgets, starting at $45 for 15 minutes for a visit with a Registered Massage Therapist. Located at 783A Gladstone.
▪️ Hand make a gift card for an offspring + dad breakfast at Father & Sons in Sandy Hill, once the lockdown is lifted. If he likes his breakfast classic, you won’t go wrong with the Breakfast Special for $6.99, including two eggs, two slices of toast, home fries, and sausage, bacon or ham. This is quintessential diner breakfasting.
▪️ Speaking of breakfast, order him a hearty bowl of oatmeal from Oat Couture Oatmeal Cafe. This isn’t your granny’s porridge: the Woodstock Oatmeal Bowl is a rich mix of oatmeal, yoghurt, maple syrup, granola, dates, banana, hemp, and chia seeds ($8 - $14) and that’s just one option. If oatmeal doesn’t float his boat, there’s a toast menu as well as a selection of paninis. Open for takeout and delivery from 7:00am to 10:00pm, 365 days a year.
▪️ Get outside, and take Dad for a pleasant hike at the much-Insta’d Mer Bleue Bog, off Ridge Road K0A 2Y0. It’s a gorgeous walk, and the fresh air will do him (and you) good.
We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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#WHAT OTTAWA IS TALKING ABOUT
▪️ The Vanier Porsche dealership has been approved for a $2.5 million community improvement grant. City council split on a 15 – 9 vote to give Mark Motors the grant, contingent on the dealer building a new showroom on Montréal Road. Proponants argue that with increased property taxes and permit fees, the City comes out ahead financially. Opponents ask why grants are given to businesses that were intending on expanding regardless. [CBC]
▪️ City council has asked the Integrity Commissioner to investigate who leaked the Sinkhole Memo. The City had not made public a lawsuit against its insurers over the 2019 Rideau Street sinkhole, created during the construction of the Confederation Line. A memo was leaked to the Ottawa Citizen and the CBC, much to Council’s consternation. The investigation is expected to cost $25,000. [CBC]
▪️ The ByTowne Cinema will return – under new ownership. Owner Bruce White has announced that new ownership has been arranged, and that the ByTowne will reopen when loosening COVID-19 restrictions allow such things. Says White, ““The new owners can’t be asked to lose money right from their opening day, so your next trip to the ByTowne can’t happen for a while.” [Apt 613]
▪️ After 60 years, the White Horse restaurant in the East End is closing. The building in which the White Horse rents has been sold and will be redeveloped as a six-storey apartment building. The restaurant owners say that they are not ready to retire, and will reopen in a new location – when they find one – after the pandemic. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ After 40 years, Prospero Books on Bank Street has closed. Indigo Books, which owns the business, says that the closure is an ‘optimization of it's real estate portfolio.’ Employees will be offered work in Indigo stores. [Ottawa Citizen]
▪️ Art auction for Old Ottawa South’s Save Our Firehall campaign
▪️ Kathleen Edwards features in US public radio's Tiny Desk Concerts.