WELCOME, SPRING! 🌿🌷

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Celebrate the first weekend of spring by joining us in Wellington West and shopping our new arrivals!

We promise you’ll walk away with something you’ll love for a long time.

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Don’t forget to peek upstairs at Goods Shop whenever you’re at VAM to grab your unique, fun, locally-made housewares and apothecary.

See you this weekend!

xo Renée & Sophie
& the VAM team

VIENS CHEZ MOI: Anne-Marie

For this edition of #vienschezmoi we are so excited to be featuring our beautiful, inspiring friend Anne-Marie, who we highlighted throughout the month of February. Anne-Marie underwent a heart transplant over a year ago and celebrated her one year anniversary with her new heart back in September❤️ . Check out our other blog posts for what Anne-Marie has been up to this past year and you will understand why this friend makes our hearts sing!!! 🎤 ✨ enjoy 👇
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Name: Anne-Marie Koeslag
Occupation: I’m a teacher
Favourite place in your home: My favourite place is our brown couch in the living room.
Why: It is to life what the time-out tree is to a serious game of tag. When we’ve had a long day, we meet up on the brown couch, forget everything, and nap. Our naps are best on a Winter day, when the sun is out and its warmth takes over the living room. Long live the brown couch 😉
Your favourite possession: My favourite possession is anything that brings me music, like Sirius in the car or the speaker in my shower.
Why: Music is everything. It calms me, it energizes me, it’s where I spend my daydreams and it’s where I reflect on life. Car or shower concerts are the best therapy in the world 🎶🎤
Your favourite VAM purchase: That’s a tough one. My Cleobella weekender bag, Krista Norris rebel wingtip scarf…I’m also REALLY excited to wear my new little Félicité butterfly top when it’s warm out!
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Oh Canada, oui oui

This Saturday, June 25th is officially Buy Canadian Day. So there’s no better day to come and explore Ottawa’s ‘made in Canada’ shopping district! Wellington West is full of beautiful locally owned boutiques that offer a wide range of Canadian made goods. Find everything from fashion to home goods in this Ottawa-favourite shopping district.
Visit us in store to win! 
Buy or wear anything made in Canada when you visit us in store on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate and a Canadian made Krista Norris scarf! Then head on over to the other participating stores for a chance to win even more great prizes. Youpee!

As if the fashion and contests at each boutique weren’t reason enough to head down to Wellington West this Saturday, we’ll be putting out a whole bunch of NEW Canadian made jewelry and a limited quantity of Tuck Shop swimwear! Take advantage of some sweet sales on women’s wear upstairs and 50% off on men’s goods! Believe us when we say, this will be an event you do not want miss.

See you all this Saturday – VAM xx


#SupportLocalArtists

October is shop local month, but we celebrate it all year round! You can find new designs from one of our favourite local designers in store every season. 

So who’s this local designer we speak of, you ask? Ottawa born and raised Krista Norris, of course!
Krista Norris Collection is a Canadian accessories line focused on creating unique and timeless scarves for the adventurous but sophisticated, the spontaneous but composed.

This line, which is inspired by textured fabrics and authentic leathers, was born out of seeing how one item can be incorporated into an outfit, day in and day out.
If you have a passion for scarves (I mean, who doesn’t love cozying up to a super chic, ultra soft, over-sized scarf?!) and for supporting local, you want to try one of these on! It’s the scarf that suits everyone, as it falls perfectly on your body. What could be better than that? Scroll down for a peek at what we have currently in store!

Hintonburg Hap!!

Of all the ‘hoods in Ottawa, Hintonburg has to be our favourite. Okay, I’ll admit we are a bit biased, but you can’t deny the appeal of Hintonburg. With all the shops, galleries and cafes there is no doubt that Hintonburg is a happening place.  (If you haven’t noticed, I’m going for the “saying Hintonburg the most times in one blog post” prize.)

Starting this weekend and for nine days after, Hintonburg will be happening in an official sense. Starting on Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 29, there will be events galore in the ‘hood of Hintonburg.

We’re celebrating with a trunk show featuring local scarf wunderkind, Krista Norris and the always amazing Bernice & Barclay on June 22 so make sure you stop by!!

Other events include a workshop with the queen of positive thinking, Kate Durie will be down the street from us at Twiss and Webber along with art exhibits at Cube Gallery, Cyclelogik and on bus shelters along Wellington. Our friend Dwayne Brown and his LoveOttawa project will be showcasing a special LoveHintonburg night at MINT Hair Salon and Peter Joynt will be performing on June 21 in Somerset Square!

These and many other events can be found on the Hintonburg Happening website HERE!

Check it out and see you there!