Although last month I hinted that the April Business Beat would be dedicated to the exciting new development at the OTLBC restaurant, those interested will have to wait one more month to get all the details. In communicating with the tennis club and the people behind the restaurant it became clear that it makes more sense to do a write-up for May so that I can include details like decor, menus, etc. Work is already underway and the goal is for the restaurant to open in early to mid May. So stay tuned.
Instead, this month’s Business Beat features a number of different updates.
Anna Belanger for Businesswoman of the Year Award
This May marks the 8th anniversary of Anna Belanger opening up her massage clinic in Old Ottawa South (1097 Bank Street). In those 8 years, Anna has opened an additional two locations and also provides regular massage services at the Shopify headquarters.
As a testament to her success, Anna is up for the 2017 Ottawa Businesswoman of the Year Award in the category “Established Entrepreneur”.
And back in October, Anna was also recognized by BMO at the BMO Celebrating Women event in the Expansion and Growth in Small Business category. From BMO:
“Ms. Belanger is the Owner of Anna Belanger and Associates, a group of clinics designed to meet therapeutic needs of women of all ages. In 2009, after her intensive training at the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT), she opened Ottawa's first massage therapy clinic for women. Ms. Belanger has grown the client base from 12 to more than 16,000. She plans to expand her business to include other health care services and open more locations in the Ottawa area.”
We’re coming up on almost a year since it was announced that Oat Couture would be opening up in the former Three Monkeys space (1154 Bank Street). A rather challenging renovation process that apparently uncovered structural issues that dated back several decades meant a long delay. In the past few weeks, however, it looks like there has been quite a bit of activity in the space, and in December Oat Couture posted notices that they were hiring.
A recent post on their Facebook page announcing their coffee program curator suggests that they are indeed moving closer to an opening date.
I know I have sung the praises of Cedars here several times before, but a recent experience reminded me once again how lucky we are to have them in the 'hood.
I was planning to make some perogies the other night and wanted to serve some pickled beets with it. We really like the ones from Produits d’Antan, but it looked like all their products were gone from the store. I asked Marilyn about it and she mentioned that they were having trouble with their distributors. Reading the disappointment on my face she mentioned that Cedars also makes their own pickled beets and sells them at the salad counter. After I tried one I was sold. Problem solved.
In our conversation about pickled products I mentioned former OOS company, Top Shelf Preserves, and asked if she’d ever considered carrying their products. Marilyn admitted she wasn’t all that familiar with them, but promised to look in to it. And sure enough, a few weeks later there are several pickled products and one preserve from Top Shelf at Cedars!
How awesome is it that you can have a brief chat with the manager of your local store, make a suggestion, and a few weeks later those products are on the shelf?
Erik van der Torre has lived in Old Ottawa South for over 8 years. He is a member of the OSCA Board, the Traffic & Safety Committee, and Hopewell Avenue PS’ Parent Council.
Originally published in the April 2018 OSCAR.