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16 Nov, 2013

Ottawa giveaway alert: connecting life’s moments with The Village Quire

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

Ohhh my pretties.

The Village Quire is a new Fishbowl patron and let me tell you, I’m pretty excited about it. If you know me AT ALL you know that I just adore paper and paper-related goods. Stationary, pretty wrapping paper, office supplies, they made me weak in the knees.

The Village Quire is the cutest thing that’s happened to Westboro, in, like, forever. And this time of year it’s the eye of the holiday hurricane. Shopping there is actually peaceful. I drop in when I’m walking by, even if I’m not in the market to buy anything. It’s rest for my weary soul.

The Village Quire store is positively brimming with lovely things: cards, wrapping, party supplies, all kinds of gifts and great little finds. (Have a peek and see it for yourself using Google Maps.)

Sidebar: For me, The Village Quire embodies everything about what it means to SHOP LOCAL. Shopping there is a very special experience, one that does not exist at the dollarama or in a box box store. I know the owner, and I know how much effort she puts into selecting her merchandise and in running the store. She lives in the area and her kids go to school here. When I shop in a store like this I’m basically saying, YES, I want to live in a neighborhood that has a cool assortment of independent businesses! And I hope you do too.

OK. I’ll be talking more about shopping locally next week, but right now, it’s giveaway time!

The Village Quire is ultimately about All Things That are Thoughtful. Everything here is essentially about connecting, and sharing meaningful moments with friends and loved ones. Sending a card, writing a note, tying a pretty bow on a gift… there are a million ways to show someone you care, and make some great memories while you’re at it.

The Village Quire is giving Fishbowl readers a chance to create some special memories of their very own with two different packages. The winner gets to pick which one!

1) The Very Merry Holiday Package – It contains festive holiday photo props, a pretty peppermint garland, and a pack of holiday cards (because everyone needs cards right?):

Making Merry, at the Village Quire

Not sure how to use photo props? Let Molly show you how it’s done:


You can also tape some Christmas paper to the wall, bring out the accessories, and VOILA, you have a holiday photobooth at your next party or family gathering! Neat eh?

2) The Sparkling Holiday Package: This one will appeal to the Glitterati among us. It contains glittery party photo accessories, a gorgeous garland, and gold stickers (perfect for decorating special packages). It’d be a neat thing to have around for New Year’s too:

Glittery fun at the Village Quire

Would you like to win one? It’s easy.

  • In order for your entry to qualify, please leave a comment below and tell me which package you’d like to win. That’s it. If your name is chosen you will win the package you mentioned in your comment.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on November 23, 2013. I’ll contact the winner via email, who will have to pick up their chosen prize at The Village Quire (312 Richmond Rd, Ottawa) in a timely manner.
  • The Village Quire is on Facebook. Liking their page is not a requirement of this giveaway but it’s a great way of keeping up with news, local events, and 411 about other local businesses.
  • There’s a second giveaway going on right here on their website. You can enter that one too!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to mention that if you’re a fan of shopping local like I am, do consider spreading the word about your own favourite independent stores. You’re doing a world of good when you do: making our city a better place to live, boosting your local economy, and helping families like your own.

Good luck!


39 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: connecting life’s moments with The Village Quire"

1 | Colleen

November 16th, 2013 at 12:56 pm


The Sparkling Holiday package looks like fun, and the store sounds great. I will have to drop by sometime, without the kids.

2 | Brien Marshall

November 16th, 2013 at 1:53 pm


The Glitterati appeals to me, just to be able to use that word! Hosting a New Year’s party and would be fun for pics. Thanks!

3 | Jennifer

November 16th, 2013 at 2:48 pm


I just love the The Very Merry Holiday Package! What a great bundle to make the holidays jolly!

4 | Joy

November 16th, 2013 at 3:19 pm


the sparkly one! how fun!

5 | Christina

November 16th, 2013 at 3:21 pm


The Very Merry Holiday Package for me!!

6 | Kerry

November 16th, 2013 at 3:39 pm


The Sparkling Holiday Package is my favorite!

7 | Roz

November 16th, 2013 at 4:12 pm


Oooo…I like the sparkling holiday package!

8 | Heather

November 16th, 2013 at 4:17 pm


My kids would love the very merry holiday package. I don’t live in Westboro but make sure to always drop into the Village Quire.

9 | Tricia

November 16th, 2013 at 6:24 pm


Very Merry all the way!! I love the Village Quire and have shopped there for years – so many unique things to be had!

10 | TLJ

November 16th, 2013 at 6:33 pm


We would love the sparkling package! The Village Quire always has a beautiful selection of pop-up cards, which are my favourite type of birthday/special card to send in the mail.

11 | J-RJ

November 16th, 2013 at 6:34 pm


The sparkling package looks lovely. We have purchased many, many great cards from the Village Quire, its a neighbourhood treasure.

12 | Judy

November 16th, 2013 at 7:18 pm


I love the very Merry and it would rock with kids!

13 | Rebecca

November 16th, 2013 at 9:57 pm


The Glitterati would be perfect not only for the holidays but for my sister’s special birthday this year (I won’t tell you which one!).

14 | Cath in Ottawa

November 16th, 2013 at 10:00 pm


Ooh – sparkles all the way! Thanks for the great giveaway!

15 | PaminOttawa

November 16th, 2013 at 11:03 pm


Loving the xmas props – my 3 year-old twins would have a hayday!

16 | Ange

November 16th, 2013 at 11:38 pm


I would love to win The Sparkling Holiday Package. So fun, and I’m sure it would go over very well with my family as added holiday fun!

17 | Sarah

November 17th, 2013 at 12:11 am


The very merry holiday package would be a big hit with my family!

18 | Maria

November 17th, 2013 at 12:59 am


I love what you can do with these..how fun! I’m not usually one for all the glitter and gold..but this time, I would really love to add a little holiday spark-le into my life :D

19 | EmmyB

November 17th, 2013 at 8:48 am


I love this store! Hard choice, but I think the sparkly one would be my pick.

20 | Carolyn

November 17th, 2013 at 10:48 am


The Very Merry Package would be a hit with our kids and the dog!

21 | Siouxie M

November 17th, 2013 at 10:48 am


Very Merry all the way.

22 | Elnaz S

November 17th, 2013 at 2:32 pm


I’d love the The Sparkling Holiday Package! Westboro has some of the cutest shops – I’m definitely going to be checking this one out very soon!

23 | Lynn

November 17th, 2013 at 2:54 pm


I’d go Very Merry – I adore that peppermint garland!

24 | Danielle

November 17th, 2013 at 5:25 pm


The sparkle package, pretty please!

25 | Natalie Fraser

November 18th, 2013 at 10:23 am


Great contest! I’d like to win the gliterrati package!

26 | Pam

November 18th, 2013 at 10:48 am


Every year, about the time I remember that I need to take a family picture for Christmas cards, I realize that my husband is smack dab in the middle of Movember. So while he does not sport a mustache for 11/12 of the year, anyone who never sees us but gets an Xmas card would think otherwise. Perhaps winning the Very Merry Holiday pack would save my family picture this year?!

27 | Ayla

November 18th, 2013 at 11:50 am


Tough choice, but I’ll go with the The Very Merry Holiday Package!! So cute for holiday pictures. :D

28 | Debbie

November 18th, 2013 at 10:51 pm


I am partial to the sparkly package. Need to make a return visit…

29 | Nora

November 19th, 2013 at 1:47 am


Love shopping in your ‘hood & will stop by the Village Quire next time for sure!
Thanks for the opportunity – I think both packages are super but think the Very Merry Holiday one might be the best hit with the kids! ; )

30 | Vanessa

November 19th, 2013 at 10:16 am


I would love to win the Very Merry package… and set up a photo booth at our upcoming kick off the holidays party!

31 | Judy W

November 19th, 2013 at 1:54 pm


We would love the Very Merry Package! So much fun for the holidays!

32 | Shannon

November 19th, 2013 at 10:21 pm


The sparkly package would be my pick. Love the Village Quire. Lovely owner and the best selection of funny birthday cards.

33 | Sarah

November 20th, 2013 at 8:25 am


The Very Merry package would be great…my boys would be all over the photo props and I would love that garland!

34 | Misty

November 20th, 2013 at 10:37 am


Love the Very Merry package!!

35 | HollyStar

November 21st, 2013 at 1:50 pm


The Very Merry looks amazing. My boys would have a blast with the photo props.

I love the Village Quire. An amazing source when you need a special card for a special someone. My husband buys all of his cards for me there and it is such a treat to see what he finds there. Beautiful store and great folks.

36 | Mike Strong

November 21st, 2013 at 10:48 pm


I would go for The Sparkling Holiday Package. Cool to use this New Year. Cheers!!

37 | Heather

November 22nd, 2013 at 3:53 pm


I would love the sparkly one for New Years — ps love the quire I get all my cards there!

38 | andrea tomkins

November 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm


Comments are closed to new entries! Stay tuned for the winner!

39 | andrea tomkins

November 23rd, 2013 at 5:03 pm


The winner is commenter #24, Danielle, who chose to take the sparkly route!

Congratulations Danielle, and thanks everyone for your entries. I do hope you drop by the Village Quire to do some holiday shopping! And shop local!

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