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14 Sep, 2011

Call me Miss Westboro Shopsalot (and help me support local businesses!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Westboro|Oh! Things!|Ottawa

Do you live in Ottawa? Ever shop and wander around the Westboro area? Like to hear about cool new stuff? This might be the thing for you!

(What is THIS, exactly? Good question.)

THIS is an email missive that ever-so-briefly describes something awesome I find in the wilds of Westboro Village. It’s a “look what I found” note. It could be about a swank pair of shoes, a stupendous cupcake, a gorgeous vegetable, or something pretty and sparkly. If you are already follow me on Pinterest and/or my shopping-related tweets you may find this interesting. I urge you to subscribe and see for yourself.

> Clickety click!

Help me support local businesses!

First wee mailing is going out this week. Hint: it’s sparkly.

Edited to add: I’ve had lots of new subscribers and received some really nice emails since this post went up yesterday! You are awesome. And as a thank you I would like to give one subscriber a $25.00 Starbucks gift card. I’ll do a random draw for it on Thursday September 22 at noon. Thanks again for your enthusiasm and support, and for spreading the word too. It really means a lot to me. Thank you! xox.

4 Responses to "Call me Miss Westboro Shopsalot (and help me support local businesses!)"

1 | Joy

September 15th, 2011 at 1:17 pm


I like it – look forward to the first sparkly ‘special helping’.

2 | andrea

September 16th, 2011 at 11:23 am


Thank you Joy, to you and to those who took the time to send me an email. :)

My first big experiment went out today. It’s a small thing, but I’m pretty excited. Yay!

3 | Debbie

September 17th, 2011 at 9:40 am


Enjoyed the first necklace tip!

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (18) and Sarah (16). I am the managing editor of our community newspaper, the Kitchissippi Times. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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