Friday, January 7, 2011


Why We Love It:

I love a good glossy--who doesn't? And Mags and Fags on Elgin Street is an essential stop on my downtown excursions. They have everything from Interview to Modern Dog (my two personal favourites) and a fun, fantastic selection of gifts as well. Also, the staff are quite charming, according to Capital Oh's J--she works there part-time. -S

So, As S said, I do work here, which might make me a tad bit biased, but in all honesty I love this store. If there's one thing everyone knows or should know about me, it's that I am a HUGE magazine junkie - my collection grows everyday, so essentially, walking in is often like my dream world. They always have what I'm looking for (V, 10, i-D - the best!) and then-some (Dairy Goat Farmer's Journal anyone?). Aside from Mags, they (or should I say we) have the best and funniest selection of greeting cards around. Come visit me sometime...and if you were wondering what that handsome guy up there is spelling, it is most definitely the word "blog". Eric's got skillz. :) -J

Mags & Fags
254 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0G1
613) 233-9651

Saturday, January 1, 2011


Why we love it:

Have you ever gone vintage shopping and thought, "man, I'm like, so hungry right now!"? The founders of Ottawa's Aunt Olive's sure have and created this quaint vintage-cafe located on Elgin Street as the answer to both your shopping and dining prayers. I have used the adjective "delicious" in the past to describe anything remarkably wonderful, yet Aunt Olive's is a whole new level of delicious. With both a mouth-watering selection of vintage clothes and a mouth-watering menu, Aunt Olive's is a must-visit in the Capital's downtown. -S

This was the first time I had been into Aunt Olive's (surprisingly - I have no clue how I had not been there before!) and I really loved the idea of a cafe and a vintage shop mixed into one. Pretty clever if you ask me, because I always find that shopping works up an appetite. There's also a record shop in the basement which is always fun to look at. Good food, good music and great clothes - that is my kind of place. Definitely check it out! -J

209 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, ON