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04 Aug, 2011

Ottawa giveaway alert: A Westboro shopping spree from The Guy With the Dog

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

I first wrote about Fishbowl patron Sean McCann a.k.a. The Guy With the Dog back in April. He knows Westboro, and I really like that he stands 100% behind the community he lives and works in. He’s passionate about supporting small businesses too (just like I am!) and I love that this is reflected in his choice for a blog giveaway.

Sean has pulled together a Best of the West(boro) package for our giveaway today. It is, essentially, a shopping spree. I am really excited because he’s picked some great shops.

ONE person has the opportunity to win the following bunch of gift cards:

  • $25 to spend at Bridgehead (go there first, to fuel up!)
  • $50 to spend at Lululemon
  • $50 to spend at The Works
  • $25 to spend at MEC
  • $25 to spend at The Candy Store (also a blog patron, woot!)
  • $25 to spend at Bark & Fitz (Obviously!)

Dear winner, promise me you’ll wear your comfy walking shoes before you set out, ok? :)

Here’s what you need to know. Please read carefully!

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area (not just in Westboro), but it is void where prohibited in Quebec. (Sorry mes amis, here’s why.)
  • The winner will have to pick up their prize in a timely manner at Sean’s office. It’s at 1335 Carling Avenue, Suite 200, in Ottawa. (You’ll need to call ahead to arrange for pick up; 613-725-1171 and ask for Stephanie Duffey.)
  • In order for your entry to qualify you must leave a comment below and tell us, what is your favourite destination in Westboro? It doesn’t need to be any of the stores listed, it could be a coffeeshop, restaurant or a park. Let me know!
  • One entry per family please. We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • If you can’t post your comment here because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com (however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!)
  • Good karma goes to those who tweet or post about this on their Facebook profiles. I bet you didn’t know this but it actually increases your odds of winning. ;)
  • I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on Saturday August 13, 2011.

This is not a requirement of this giveaway, but you should know that The Guy With the Dog is on Facebook and Twitter. I encourage you to connect with Sean and his team for great local info. :)

That’s it! Over to you. Thank you Sean for hosting this giveaway! Hurray for shopping local!

149 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: A Westboro shopping spree from The Guy With the Dog"

1 | April

August 4th, 2011 at 9:37 am


Just spent a day down in Westboro last week with the family. Have to say the Candy Store was a favorite with everyone.

2 | Jonathan Simon

August 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am


This is an awesome giveaway! Technically I live a street away from Westboro but we eat there all the time. They have awesome resturants and shops. Our favorite resturant is the Village Cafe.

3 | Alyson Fair

August 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am


My family loves to attend Westfest so we can see as much of wonderful Westboro as possible. But having to choose one, it would have to be Boomerang Kids – the kids have fun checking things out and I get great deals on the things they need!

4 | Melissa Flynn

August 4th, 2011 at 9:43 am


90% of the time I make my way over to Westboro I’m going to MEC and then to Bark n’ Fitz. However, I’d have to say my favourite store is Lost Marbles inside Mrs. Tiggywinkles. I love the nerdery in that place and so much of their wares make me squee with delight. :)

5 | Ross Brown

August 4th, 2011 at 9:45 am


There are so many wonderful places in Westboro, I couldn’t possibly pick just one. I live in the Barrhaven area and I make it worth my while to visit Westboro often. Here’s where my family and I love to go:

MEC: I’ve been a member for decades, back when they were in New Edinburgh. But I think the new building is fabulous–so environmentally conscious. It’s one of the best outdoors shops in town.

Newport: Pizza for lunch. What else need I say? A great place for adults and kids.

Bridgehead: Two. Count ’em: two! After pizza at the Newport, this is where we head for coffee and a treat.

Miss Tiggy Winkles/Lost Marbles: we tell the kids that after MEC, we can let them shop for a change. But secretly, my wife and I get a kick out of the grownup toys too.

So much more to do, but I’ll stop there. And now, I’ll cross my fingers and hope I win the prize! :)

6 | F Wright

August 4th, 2011 at 9:50 am


My favorite place in Westboro so far (I’m a newbie) is the food kiosk at Westboro beach. Same owners as Newport (another favorite), but there is a great view of the sunset on top of the delicious pizza!

7 | elsewise

August 4th, 2011 at 9:50 am


I am terribly ashamed to admit that I haven’t yet been to Bridgehead. How is that possible?? This would sure give me the push to make a special trip!

I can’t choose just one, but I narrowed it down to Newport (pizza! Elvis!) and Truffle Treasures (gelato! chocolates!). I could easily choose half a dozen more shops, for sure.

8 | Tuesday De Jong

August 4th, 2011 at 9:54 am


My favourite westboro destination is bridgehead. I love to grab a coffee and a pastry and then go walking around the neighbourhood. Maybe doing some shopping or just looking at all the cute dogs out walking with their owners. :)

9 | Stephanie

August 4th, 2011 at 9:59 am


Hard to choose, there are so many great places, but my top two shopping destinations would have to be the Newport (mmmm pizza) and Milkface.

10 | Vivian Cheng

August 4th, 2011 at 10:00 am


My favourite destination in Westboro is Westboro Beach! It’s easily accessible by bike and afterwards, we make sure to hit Truffle Treasures for gelato! (Some day I’m going to get a giant peanut butter cup…)

11 | Hellcat13

August 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am


As much as Westboro has added many, many awesome shops and restaurants and cool places to visit over the years, I can’t lie – I still love the Newport best of all! And now I am sitting at my desk at 10am with a rumbling belly, thinking about the crispy crust and gooey cheese. Yum.

12 | Julie

August 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am


So many great places in Westboro. I spend most of my time at Lululemon, Bark & Fitz, MEC and the Candy Store.

Love going to the Works for lunch when we are around.

Always looking forward to Westfest!

13 | Sasha D

August 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am


How do you chose just one? I love the gelato at Truffle Treasures it’s the best I’ ve had in Ottawa! David’s Tea has a great selection of delicious teas and super friendly staff. Bridgehead has by far the best coffee.

14 | Meghan

August 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am


Gotta say that I love Kiddie Cobbler – great service and they always have shoes that my kids love.

15 | Rasha @ PBAddiction

August 4th, 2011 at 10:04 am


MEC is at the top of my list of favorite places in Westboro. I probably go in there every single time I’m around there.

For yoga, I’d probably go to The Elation Centre every day if I lived in the area.

16 | Emily

August 4th, 2011 at 10:20 am


My massage therapist is in Westboro, so that’s got to be my absolute fave, but I also really like Petit Bill’s… and MEC… and it’s so hard to choose!

17 | Lida

August 4th, 2011 at 10:23 am


We walk to Westboro from Carlingwood regularly in the evening and get our coffee at Bridgehead (yum!) then walk back. I’d also have to go with Boomerang Kids as a favorite spot.

18 | Leslie Foster

August 4th, 2011 at 10:27 am


We drive from Navan to Westboro frequently to spend the day. We have sooo many favourites. But one of our reasons for going is The Candy Store. They have several candy selections that are peanut safe. Instead of saying no to a treat (which I have to do pretty much everywhere we go), I can say yes to my son. The smile says it all. And the staff are always super friendly.

19 | Julie

August 4th, 2011 at 10:28 am


Although there are many ….my fave shop in Westboro is Suede! Great selection and really nice staff! Perhaps with a little trip to the DQ afterwards ;)

20 | coffeewithjulie

August 4th, 2011 at 10:31 am


Touch call! We usually manage to do MEC, Bridgehead, the Works and Lulu every visit! But if I HAVE to pick just one, I’ll pick Bridgehead. It is coffee, after all! :)

21 | Krista

August 4th, 2011 at 10:31 am


I’d have to say that our family’s favorite spot is the Newport, because the Lils just love to go there for any meal! *I* have many other favourites tho :). Great giveaway!

22 | Nigel Kay

August 4th, 2011 at 10:40 am


I would say my favorite destination is the Works at http://www.worksburger.com/ – Favorite Coffee Shop I have been to so far is Bridgehead.

After reading this blog I might have to put on my comfy walking shoes to checkout that Candy Shop though! ;)

Good luck to everybody & thanks @The_McCann_Team and @missfish for the cool giveaway.

23 | Sylvia

August 4th, 2011 at 10:41 am


Westboro has so many fantastic shops but I miss the extreme pita!!!

24 | Sheila

August 4th, 2011 at 10:47 am


I have so many favourites: our great street, running, cycling on parkway, visiting the beach and relaxing at
Bridgehead (my choice) or DQ( my kids’ choice)!

25 | Valerie

August 4th, 2011 at 10:50 am


My fave is MEC. I visit others if I’m there, but I GO there for MEC. :)

26 | Lauren Newby

August 4th, 2011 at 10:50 am


Hey there!
Ever since I worked in the Westboro area 2 summers ago I have been obsessed with trying out every single coffee shop and restaurant in the area. I love mom & pop shops vs the big chains, you know?

I’m not sure if its within the bounds of Westboro, but I absolutely love Petit Bill’s Bistro. If you’re looking for a moderately priced, intimate experience where the staff go above and beyond to make you smile, then this is the place! This is the restaurant known for their famous Lobster Poutine (yum!) but the entire menu is fabulous and fresh!

27 | Natalie

August 4th, 2011 at 11:00 am


Lilac lingerie for pretty things and Lululemon for comfy and stylish clothing.

28 | Amy

August 4th, 2011 at 11:07 am


My husband and I love hitting up Westboro to visit some adorable shops (my personal fave is Fab Baby Gear when shopping for babies). We enjoy strolling along simply window shopping and visiting some friends who are lucky enough to live in Westboro. We also love to stop in at our favourite restaurant – Petit Bill’s Bistro – YUM! We live in the suburbs and relish the chance to escape the box stores and chain restaurants!

29 | Nora

August 4th, 2011 at 11:15 am


We love Westboro – but don’t visit nearly as often as we’d like! I’d say Bridgehead and MEC are our favourite and most visited spots, but there are so many other cool stores we stick our heads into if we can.

30 | Bill

August 4th, 2011 at 11:19 am


I love the kids who work in the Starbucks in Westboro… It is my favorite destination. I also love the Piggy Market’s products.

31 | Joy

August 4th, 2011 at 11:35 am


Gosh – it’s hard to choose one! Pharmasave (go away Shoppers Drug Mart!); The Works; Lululemon; The Candy Store; Quichua World Market…. It is so fun just to amble and explore Richmond Road.

32 | Finola

August 4th, 2011 at 11:44 am


Our family loves to go to the beach on a Friday evening for pizza and a swim. I just love that we have such a beautiful spot so close to an urban neighbourhood.
I also love all of the stores already mentioned, though i don’t have a dog, so I hope that won’t disqualify me :)

33 | Andy

August 4th, 2011 at 11:47 am


Picking a Westboro favourite is like trying to pick a favourite star in the midnight sky but my pick, thanks to my new bulldog, goes to Bark & Fitz. Two paws up (:

34 | Debbie

August 4th, 2011 at 11:52 am


We love heading to Westboro for a variety of things to do and places to go. Our daughter attends gymnastics at the OGC which is a great place. While she’s there, we’ll hit Bridgehead, MEC and Tiggy Winkles. Of course the DQ is a hit with the kid on a hot summers night!

35 | Matt

August 4th, 2011 at 12:06 pm


Lost Marbles: Toys for me!!!!!

36 | Jodi

August 4th, 2011 at 12:21 pm


Our regular trip to westboro will always include stops at MEC, the Expedition Shop, LuluLemon, Chlorophylle and Bridgehead!! Usually in that order but not always.

37 | Milkfacemama

August 4th, 2011 at 12:47 pm


Love Westboro! And love this giveaway – thanks Sean and Andrea! I live and work in Westboro so am there every day – my favourite everyday stop is Bridgehead, need it to start my day properly!, my favourite once in a while stop (too often and I’ll get in trouble) is Green Tree Eco Fashion.

38 | Nurse_Ja

August 4th, 2011 at 12:55 pm


I used to live in Westboro as a teenager and man has it changed. When I go to Westboro now I enjoy eating at the Works or the Baker St Cafe. Often I also take a stop into MEC or Lululemon to see what is on sale and new trends in outdoor activity. One really good hidden find is the Piggy Market. They a local store that offers ready to make meals and produce from sustainable local farmers. I highly recommend the pull pork sandwich from them. My favourite summer drink a Rasberry Tea Crush from Bridgehead

39 | Jennie

August 4th, 2011 at 12:57 pm


A trip to Westboro usually involves cramming friends into my car for quality time at MEC and The Works but may favourite place is The Piggy Market…..mmmmmm…. bacon.

40 | Shawna

August 4th, 2011 at 1:12 pm


Boomerang Kids is a fave of ours!

41 | Miss Vicky

August 4th, 2011 at 1:15 pm


I’d have to say our regular haunts include both Bridgeheads, MEC, Kiddie Kobbler and Mrs Tiggywinkles. But I am greatly indebted to Brachic, and the kids love the classes at the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre!

42 | Scott Oakley

August 4th, 2011 at 1:20 pm


Back in the day it was Francesco’s which has since moved to Bank Street. Can’t go wrong with MEC.

43 | Milena

August 4th, 2011 at 1:22 pm


My favourite spot is by far Davids Tea. It’s become a bit of an addiction. I love dropping by for a sample, although it usually means I’ll go home with a new baggie of tea too. Rikochet Resale is also worth a visit, as well as Lilac Lingerie.

44 | Trish

August 4th, 2011 at 1:23 pm


I meet up with my mother and a sister every Sunday at Newports for breakfast, so that’s a favorite. I love the food at Milagros and the Piggy Market – they sell a chocolate chili ice cream that is heaven. But it’s not all about the food…I love MEC and Quicha crafts too. Oh, and the gelato at Truffle Treasures ain’t half bad either. Okay, so it’s mostly about the food!

45 | Carolyn

August 4th, 2011 at 1:32 pm


I love Lululemon but try to rein in my wish list so a gift certificate would be fabulous. Bark and Fitz is always fun to walk into and think what my Great Dane could use just for fun.

46 | Amanda Young

August 4th, 2011 at 1:34 pm


My favourite spot in Westboro is decidedly The Newport. Part of the charm is having to walk through a tiny convenience store to get inside the restaurant. They serve a fantastic breakfast including real rye bread(!), amazing pizza, and to-die-for desserts. If you’ve never had the cheesecake, you are missing something very special. Their service is fast, friendly, and I have never been disappointed. When you first walk into The Newport, you just know that Elvis is NOT dead. The King is all over the walls, in pictures, paintings, newspaper clippings, an amazing homage to the man whose hips were x-rated.

47 | lacoop

August 4th, 2011 at 2:20 pm


If by favourite spot in Westboro, you mean the place we go the most, then our favourite would be Truffle Treasures. Best hot chocolate, best gelato, great staff!

48 | Elizabeth Davey

August 4th, 2011 at 2:33 pm


I love the small town feel of walking through Westboro, all the little shops. Just a relaxing casual walk down the “boro” always puts a smile on my face. :)

49 | Tiana

August 4th, 2011 at 2:37 pm


BRIDGEHEAD since Orleans doesn’t have one. I rarely get to enjoy this treat.

50 | Michelle

August 4th, 2011 at 2:46 pm


Walking around Westboro just makes me happy. I love the boutiques and coffee shops and restaurants and that there are tons of other people walking around, too. Bridgehead is a standard destination while ambling around, with The Works becoming a fave as the kids’ expand what they will eat!

51 | Lauren Kellar

August 4th, 2011 at 3:03 pm


My husband and i love Bridghead. Its a cute space for us to go enjoy tea and coffee, do some sudoku and catch up. Were both nurses working relatively opposite rotations so bridghead is that place for us to catch up and reconnect. Of course lulu is a place where we go to get inspired to exercise but not necessarily on all the $$ we drop doing it :)

52 | Murray

August 4th, 2011 at 3:06 pm


Lots to choose from, but Naked Fish Sushi (esp. as take-out to Westboro beach) has moved to the top of the list of favorites. Props to Forbie Active Wear for outfitting our rapidly growing daughter with cool custom bathing suits !

53 | Katie McDonald

August 4th, 2011 at 3:12 pm


I like getting gifts at 10000 Villages, if I can’t find something there, I go to MEC. Finding time to shop for others can be a challenge with three young children, but between these two spots, I usually find a great gift when I need it. I also love Extraordinary Baby Shop further down, is that still Westboro? Love their borrowing option.

54 | Mackenzie

August 4th, 2011 at 3:14 pm


It’s a toss up between David’s Tea and Lululemon, both favourites of me, as well as my sisters :)

55 | Liisa

August 4th, 2011 at 3:22 pm


For a kids treat: Gelato at Truffle Treasures no matter the weather or the time of year.

To get my day started: Bridgehead coffee and a granola cookie

For workout wear: Lululemon

For dress up or down: Green Tree Eco Fashion

For weekend fun: Westboro Beach

For kids’ activities/camp of all kinds: Dovercourt Community Centre

For preschool/kindergarten: Westboro Montessori School

56 | Heather M

August 4th, 2011 at 3:24 pm


My favourite spot in Westboro… is not just one, it is the whole area. I love taking a Saturday and going on my usual wander around the area. My first stop is always MEC, I could spend hours in that store… and try and convince myself I need another backpack or another hobby. I also love Ricoche Reseal, always some great finds and I have sold some of my own goods there too. The afternoon normally always has a break at the Village Cafe, there food is so tasty, or Trio if it is approaching dinner time. Those are my must go to’s but I am always poping into the other stories and inevitably taking a trip into LuluLemon. Outdoors, used finds and good food, thats Westboro to me!

57 | Steph P

August 4th, 2011 at 3:49 pm


We love Parma Ravioli. Great little Italian grocer and the lunch counter has fantastic food at cheap prices.

58 | Heather

August 4th, 2011 at 4:10 pm


Bark and Fitz for all my dog Rubys special treats.

59 | Lynn

August 4th, 2011 at 4:19 pm


For us it’s definitely the MEC. Although we live pretty far out we travel to Westboro several times a year specifically to hit the MEC. We’ve been going there since the day they moved to the new building, and I think there’s no question that moving the MEC to Westboro really helped accelerate the makeover of the area. They’re a solid draw!

60 | Denise

August 4th, 2011 at 4:57 pm


Piggy Market!!! I absolutely LOVE Pascale’s ice cream.

61 | Sonya

August 4th, 2011 at 5:10 pm


There are so many good places to visit in Westboro! But one of my definite favourites is Truffle Treasures, in particular their peanut butter hot chocolate!

62 | Stephanie

August 4th, 2011 at 5:24 pm


I recently moved to Westboro from the country and continue to be astonished by all the exciting things going on and the incredible retail and fresh eateries. I covered the area for awhile reporting on its happenings on my blog, http://stephaniebrooks.wordpress.com/the-neighbourhood/. In it, I write a post about Milagro Grill on Richmond — easily one of my favourite spots due to the amazing food, friendly service, great prices and one of Ottawa’s only rooftop patios.

63 | Ericà

August 4th, 2011 at 5:32 pm


Bridgehead, absolutely. Boomerang Kids, MEC, Byron Bus Park, the Saturday play group at Hilson Ave. Public School and the Thursday morning playgroup at All Saints Anglican……and many more (love my neighbourhood).

64 | Mommy Marshall

August 4th, 2011 at 5:37 pm


Our Favourite destinations in Westboro….Whispers, Zahara, MEC and Boomerang Kids!

Thank you!!!

65 | Natalie Fraser

August 4th, 2011 at 5:57 pm


My favorite place is the Village Cafe. A beautiful restaurant with great food and service, perfect for getting together with friends and catching up on the weekends.

66 | Sara-Lynne

August 4th, 2011 at 6:22 pm


Hi Andrea, and thanks Sean, this is a great giveaway!
We love all the shops in Westboro, especially The Candy Store, Bridgehead, MEC and Truffle Treasures.

67 | Anne Marie Laurin

August 4th, 2011 at 6:34 pm


At this time of year, my favourite destination is Truffle Treasures. So many flavours of gelato to choose from in 2 short summer months. Hmmm, I think the chocolate covered cherry gelato is beckoning right now…

68 | Tania

August 4th, 2011 at 6:54 pm


Definitely Westboro Sports Centre for my bike tune-ups!

69 | Darcy

August 4th, 2011 at 7:01 pm


Moe’s for breakfast with the regulars.

70 | barbara

August 4th, 2011 at 7:55 pm


We love to go everywhere in Westboro, simply take a stroll through the parks and visit the small business. You may feel an interesting atmosphere with its own identity…. but if I have to pick a place .. Truffle Treasures, delicious

71 | Jackie

August 4th, 2011 at 7:57 pm


I have to say that the food brings me to Westboro the most! Bridgehead’s coffee is the best, and I happen to like the service on the old one on Richmond road. The Works is also a family favourite.

72 | Tobi

August 4th, 2011 at 9:12 pm


I’m lucky enough to work in westboro, and it’s hard to pick a favorite destination. Bridgehead is up there for sure. I also love going for a lunchtime run on the pathway that runs along the river. I was also a fan of the now defunct Puzzles. No joke, that place had a lot of character and made a pretty good burger.

73 | James Mihaychuk

August 4th, 2011 at 9:27 pm


MEC, Bridgehead, and anywhere that sells chocolate… and the Roots and Shoots organic veg stand at MEC!

74 | Faustina

August 4th, 2011 at 9:34 pm


I love that little magazine shop that’s in the same block as most of these shops. I can never remember the name of the place, but I always stop in when I’m in the neighbourhood. I love a good magazine store.

75 | Alison in Ottawa

August 4th, 2011 at 10:05 pm


Ooh. Best spots I think are MEC, Dovercourt(!), Truffle Treasures and Tiggy Winkles. I also love the Gear Garage.

76 | lmi

August 4th, 2011 at 10:15 pm


I love Green Tree Eco-Fashion! And word has it there’s a sale on as we speak…

77 | Kaitlin

August 4th, 2011 at 10:22 pm


Whoa. This giveaway is incredible! I think if I could only choose one shop to frequent in Westboro it would be the Bridgehead at Golden. The service is phenomenal and they have the Clover machines that make the best drip coffee (it’s somewhere between a drip and a french press).

But for me Westboro is about something so much more than the shops and even the community centres and churches and civic spaces. It’s the streets and the different styles of houses and the people. Yep. It’s so much bigger than any one thing.

78 | Kent wilkins

August 4th, 2011 at 11:16 pm


My favourite place in westboro is Bushtukah. Local, encourages biking which makes it sort of green and its got soooo much great stuff. Really bad for my wallet though. My kids like Mrs Tiggy Winkles.

79 | Shakira

August 4th, 2011 at 11:27 pm


What an awesome contest!!!!

My faves are MEC and the Expedition Shoppe.

I also love the clearance centre in the garage behind Expedition Shoppe!! Super deals back there!!

80 | Psychgrad

August 4th, 2011 at 11:28 pm


I’d have to say MEC. It’s the store that I visit most in Westboro. Any time I have a trip coming up, I always make my way to MEC.

81 | Joe Hashem

August 4th, 2011 at 11:47 pm


One of Ottawa’s best restaurants: Wellignton Gastropub

82 | Anne B.

August 4th, 2011 at 11:48 pm


Wow, so many favorites to mention… The Newport (pizza and pie), Truffle Treasures, Boomerang, MEC, Kiddy Kobblers, Westboro Sports, Forbees, and most recently the Candy Shoppe. Favorite places include Dovercourt (love the waterfall), the beach and bike paths, the Churchhill mural and the red house that is now a health centre.

83 | Redheadedmama

August 4th, 2011 at 11:57 pm


My new favourite spot is the Elation Centre where I meet my running group every week. A close second is Baker street where I get a cinnamon bun as big as my face from afterwards :)

84 | @TravelEater

August 5th, 2011 at 12:17 am


Cool contest!
My favourite is The Wellington Gastropub – they’re all so nice, especially Chris, Shane and Ivan, and the food is incredible! I explain more about why I love them here: http://ltottawa.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/wellingtongastropub/.

85 | Anne

August 5th, 2011 at 12:36 am


My faves are Bark and Fitz as well as new addition Magpie! Gotta love the Canadian jewelry designers they feature!

86 | Dan

August 5th, 2011 at 6:41 am


We love David’s Tea!

87 | Patricia

August 5th, 2011 at 6:43 am


I can’t decide between Lululemon and Miss TiggyWinkles! Oh, and of course MEC. Hmmm, of all three, the one that gets me there from Barhaven the most is MEC.

88 | andrea

August 5th, 2011 at 8:16 am


Am posting this comment on behalf of Emmanuelle who writes:

Hi Andrea,

My favourite destination in Westboro is probably the Newport.. LOVE their pizza!

89 | Marianne

August 5th, 2011 at 9:06 am


I live in Kanata, so I don’t often get to Westboro. When I do, it’s usually MEC that draws me down there, though I enjoy other places too. My mom’s favourite is Ten Thousand Villages. I’ve also enjoyed Gotta Paint in the past, though I haven’t been there in several years.

90 | Loren B.

August 5th, 2011 at 9:39 am


My favourite spot is Ten Thousand Villages – especially when they have chocolate samples!

91 | Wendy

August 5th, 2011 at 9:51 am


So many freest places in westboro, but I love milk face, mec and lulu lemon so much! And bridgehead is pretty sweet too!

92 | Cheryl H.

August 5th, 2011 at 10:26 am


Without a doubt my favourite spot in Westboro this time of year is the Westboro beach! Sun, sand, and a patio with frozen margs and good eats from Newport?! What more could you ask for in a place?

93 | Mary @ Parenthood

August 5th, 2011 at 12:09 pm


I love the Works and Mrs Tiggy’s but they are in my neck of the woods too so I don’t think of them as “Westboro” My favourite destinations are probably Gotta Paint, MEC (!!!) and Mothercraft. Assing I actually understand where Westboro is :)

94 | Cathy

August 5th, 2011 at 1:03 pm


There are so many great places in Westboro. My top 4 are Starbucks, Green tree fashion, Lululemon, Candy store … the list could go on.

95 | Christine

August 5th, 2011 at 1:16 pm


I must admit that I have multiple favorite places in Westboro as I live just east of Westboro. The following makes a nice morning with our two little girls: a visit to the nice park behind the Ottawa Gymnastics Club followed by a visit to Lost Marbles / Tiggy Winkles to play and shop and and of course lunch at The Works.

A perfect morning. Thanks.

96 | AllisonP

August 5th, 2011 at 1:21 pm


Really can’t pick just one… Bark & Fitz, Lost Marbles, Brachic…

97 | Adam

August 5th, 2011 at 1:33 pm


Well discarding home, which is in westboro, it’s a toss up between Bridgehead (the old one next to MEC), The Works and Naked Fish. Lulu is on the list too, but need to be in a certain mood.

98 | Amy

August 5th, 2011 at 3:03 pm


Bridgehead was one of my favourite hangouts when the kid was younger and less mobile, but Three Wild Women is a great place to explore and find some great, unique pieces.

99 | Jay

August 5th, 2011 at 3:16 pm


Westfest is my favorite destination! But MEC is fun too…although a little dangerous:)

100 | zoom

August 5th, 2011 at 3:31 pm


You know what’s been drawing me down to Westboro lately? The gelato at Truffle Treasures. Better than ice cream. The Sexy Chocolate is my favourite.

101 | Natalie

August 5th, 2011 at 4:51 pm


MEC, MEC, MEC. For everything outdoor for our family.

102 | Roz

August 5th, 2011 at 7:36 pm


Hands down my favourite spot in Westboro is Tivoli Florist. I love that place, especially at Christmastime.

103 | Katie

August 5th, 2011 at 8:08 pm


What made me start going to Westboro was MEC. But I love going to The Candy Store, Green Tree and I like stopping for a ginger cookie at Bridgehead. Yum!

104 | Jen

August 5th, 2011 at 8:18 pm


My favourite place is the Newport, which our girls aged 5 and 7 call the “Elvis Cotton Place” (for reasons that truly escape us). We go for spinach pizza every two weeks just to soak in the ambiance of former Westboro days.

105 | Pam

August 5th, 2011 at 8:37 pm


It’s all ages and stages, right? I used to go to MEC and the Expedition shop, but now it seems I spend more time at Milkface and Boomerang Kids. Can’t wait for the stage that allows for a little more time at the LCBO!

106 | Carey

August 5th, 2011 at 9:25 pm


Love boomerang kids and red chair kids!! What a great giveaway!!

107 | Wynne

August 5th, 2011 at 10:25 pm


Great giveaway! My husband & I spend way too much time at the Westboro Starbucks, but we enjoy all the stores listed!

108 | Carla

August 5th, 2011 at 11:56 pm


Oh, great giveaway! As for favourite destination, it is hard to say, but probably Iona Park. I love love that it is small enough for the parents to keep an eye on the small kidlets while hanging out in one spot, but big enough for said kidlets to amuse themselves for quite a while. Spent many a day nursing a newborn while my 2 year old played and played, and thankful for it. (And it’s close to grandma’s house!)

109 | Donna

August 6th, 2011 at 8:13 am


I always go there for MEC and then find someplace to eat, but now that I have read all the other comments, there are many other places I want to check out!

110 | Angela Grant

August 6th, 2011 at 10:25 am


Love love LOVE the stunning jewelry and art at the amazing Wall Space Gallery.
Have been to a few functions there – had so much fun at their November jewelry event – and have always been find the perfect special gift there. Great to take in the artwork after grabbing a hot chai latte at bridgehead.

111 | Lorrie Douthwright

August 6th, 2011 at 10:51 am


for Mary@parenthood, you do not suffer alone


It is soooo hard to pick just one, so I won’t! Bridgehead is the obvious choice, but as I sip my medium-medium I itch to get to the Piggy market (you gotta support these guys, they’re just off the main street enough to get missed and I think they suffer a little because of it), MEC, Tiggly Winkles and Boomarang kids!

112 | Heather R

August 6th, 2011 at 1:25 pm


I love Westboro and always have since moving to Ottawa. I have many favourite stores BUT I would have to pick 10000 Villages. I love buying gifts for people there, as well as for myself ;-)

Thanks for the opportunity!

113 | Shawn

August 6th, 2011 at 2:03 pm


We live in rural Kanata, but find our way down there every couple weeks. If I had to name one favourite, it would have to be Truffle Treasures for their spicy hot chocolate in the winter, although we find lots of other reasons to go year round (Ottawa Bagel Shop, Three Tarts Bakery, Piggy Market, Newport…yeah there does seem to be a theme to these…).

114 | Ruvini

August 6th, 2011 at 2:55 pm


I have to say Westboro is one of my favourite places to visit. I was just there this past Thursday checking out some really interesting art galleries as part of the First Thursday Art Walk. I enjoy David’s Tea and recently discovered the Corner Bar & Grill, a nice restaurant to grab a tasty bite or drink.

115 | DA

August 6th, 2011 at 3:19 pm


Juniper for when it is time to get fancy and spoil yourself for dinner.

116 | Monica Gallivan

August 6th, 2011 at 6:19 pm


I love Wall Space Gallery!

117 | Shannon B

August 6th, 2011 at 11:07 pm


What a fab giveaway!! Best part of Westboro is either Dovercourt pool (used to work there ages ago!) and MEC!! Thanks for the chance!

118 | Rachel H

August 7th, 2011 at 8:24 am


Westboro – love love love it. I have many destinations there but just walking around is nice too. I must admit I get down right excited about breakfast at ***Baker Street****. Seriously, that place is wonderful…. the food never dissappoints!

119 | April

August 7th, 2011 at 12:19 pm


I love the Bridgehead at Golden!

120 | Justin

August 7th, 2011 at 1:56 pm


So many favourite places in Westboro! The Candy Store, David’s Tea, Trio, Tiggy Winkles, and more

121 | Lori

August 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm


A happy Westboro outing for me is to stop in the “original” Bridgehead and then tour through WallSpace Gallery. But the kids love a burger and shake from The Works!

122 | Fiona

August 8th, 2011 at 6:36 am


I always feel so lucky to be part of the energy in Westboro, and appreciate that so many of the businesses are locally owned, adding personal touches to our neighbourhood. One of my favourites is Wallspace, with beautiful artwork and wonderful jewellery, it often feels like a peaceful retreat. My kids love it too, we always feel welcome and meeting artists and seeing their work certainly helps with their appreciation.

123 | Kim

August 8th, 2011 at 9:16 am


Our favourite destination in Westboro is probably MEC. But we also love just going for long walks through the neighbourhood, down to the beach, and up and down Richmond Road. Hard to resist dropping into Bridgehead for coffee or The Works for a yummy burger…
Kim & Matt

124 | Jordan

August 8th, 2011 at 10:14 am


I have a bias for DAVIDsTEA, but I do so love the Candy Store!

125 | Tiiu

August 8th, 2011 at 8:49 pm


My favourite is obviously Churchill Alternative School. It ROCKS!

126 | Heidi

August 9th, 2011 at 10:59 am


I must say there are so many great stores in Westboro! My top fave is Quichua World Market! And of course Bridgehead coffee is the best ;)

127 | Astrid

August 9th, 2011 at 11:06 am


Bark and Fitz is my favorite! I love to put my pets in designer duds!!

128 | mark villanueva

August 9th, 2011 at 2:17 pm


Id have to say the Piggy Market. It has the best breads.

129 | Ben Wood

August 9th, 2011 at 7:49 pm


I was actually in Westobro a couple of times this month (became foursquare mayor). I really wanted to pop into The Candy Store and a couple to the toy stores, but had no time.

Bushtukah was really cool, will visit again!

Really though, it’s all about The Works. The one in Westboro is my restaurant of choice whenever I can suggest it!

130 | Jennifer

August 9th, 2011 at 9:21 pm


This is a fabulous giveaway!
I have too many favourite stores in Westboro to count…but if I had to pick one…it would be Wall Space, love the framing they do!! Oh…and Bridgehead obviously!

131 | Shannon Emmett

August 9th, 2011 at 10:20 pm


Went to Trio last night – small cozy spot with an amazing server and top notch food! I also frequent “The Best You” – friendly professional staff with a great membership program!

132 | Randa

August 10th, 2011 at 3:04 pm


MEC for sure. Always a treat going there – great customer service, and superior products!

133 | Susan

August 11th, 2011 at 11:18 am


We often have breakfast at The Newport – especially when we have out of town visitors. They always ask to go back to “The Elvis Place”. :)

134 | Carole Michaud

August 11th, 2011 at 7:18 pm


I recently moved to Westboro and can’t say enough good things about this area. The parkway, coffee shops, baker street, milagros, trio, bark & fritz are but a few of my favourites…

135 | Jennifer

August 12th, 2011 at 10:21 am


I love everyone’s comments. Now I can’t make up my mind!!! I think I’ll vote for Richmond Rd because I love strolling up Richmond Rd., bumping into friends, wandering into shops. Tied for 1st would be Iona Park, (I may be biased!) it has such as good, safe, friendly, welcoming feel to it.

136 | Maureen Cech

August 12th, 2011 at 11:25 am


My favourite store is Lululemon, although a coffee at Bridgehead is also mandatory on a Saturday! We do all of our shopping in Westboro Village, so winning this would be great.

137 | Sherryl Fraser

August 12th, 2011 at 12:15 pm


My favorite place is the place that evokes the best memories. That is Bridgehead.

I was introduced to Bridgehead by a girlfriend of mine, who has since moved from Ottawa. As we entered Bridgehead, we were always looking for a spot to sit as there coffee shop is always so busy. Upon finding a location, we would order our Chai Lattes and sit down for what usually was at least a one hour long conversation. We would discuss the woes of the world and how we could find solutions. We would also discuss work and relationship issues, again to which just listening over a steaming cup was always comforting.

It has been two years since my friend has moved, and everytime I go back to Bridgehead, I still feel her presence. The memories keep flooding back of all the laughs we have had and all the solutions we had found.
Thank you Bridgehead for serving a great Chai and offering a milieu for friends to meet and share.

138 | Victoria

August 12th, 2011 at 7:54 pm


We love Westboro, it’s charm and the great sense of community that it provides. We have many favorite shops here, however, the Villiage Quire and it’s owners ( Sue and Molly now) are always welcoming and genuinely friendly. Iona park and Byron linear park are also great places to take the kids for a walk, bike or play.

139 | alison

August 12th, 2011 at 10:31 pm


Though I do love Mrs. Tiggywinkles and the Newport, my favourite destination in Westboro is my friend Janice’s house.

140 | Georgina

August 13th, 2011 at 7:59 am


We love visiting the Candy Store and Lululemon!!

141 | spydergrrl

August 13th, 2011 at 8:29 am


We’re always finding excuses to head to Bushtukah. And MEC. :)

142 | Jason

August 13th, 2011 at 8:33 am


Tall Tree bike shop – terribly knowledgeable and friendly.

143 | Trish

August 13th, 2011 at 8:44 am


Wall Space Gallery for art, jewelry, service and framing, The Candy Store, The Piggy Market for locally sourced food, Junipers outdoor patio for providing a hidden oasis, & Bridgehead coffee!

144 | Amber

August 13th, 2011 at 9:06 am


I like Mrs. Tiggy Winkles for great toys for my son and fun games for me!

145 | Stephanie Luedee

August 13th, 2011 at 9:27 am


I love walking around in Westboro, but I love going to the Newport and sharing a Newport deluxe pizza with my husband and then grabbing a coffee at Bridgehead and continue to stroll around!

146 | Tim W

August 13th, 2011 at 10:35 am


The Works for sure. I always have to loosen my belt a bit after a milkshake, tower of rings and a burger.

147 | andrea

August 13th, 2011 at 11:50 am


This comment is on behalf of Amy B who writes: “My favorite spot in Westboro isn’t a store or park. I love walking down the main street and seeing all the people and looking in store windows!!”

148 | andrea

August 13th, 2011 at 12:09 pm


Comments are closed to new entries!
BTW, I edited out a couple of duplicate/extra comments and am doing the draw now. Stay tuned!

149 | andrea

August 13th, 2011 at 12:12 pm


The winner is commenter #34 – Debbie – who wrote:

“We love heading to Westboro for a variety of things to do and places to go. Our daughter attends gymnastics at the OGC which is a great place. While she’s there, we’ll hit Bridgehead, MEC and Tiggy Winkles. Of course the DQ is a hit with the kid on a hot summers night!”

Congratulations Debbie! I’ll be in touch with you shortly. Thank you all for your entries, and thank you to Sean McCann… The Guy With the Dog who generously hosted this giveaway!

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