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Ottawa Shopping Style Series: Sussex Drive, ByWard Market neighbourhood


Byward MarketOttawa has tons of great neighbourhoods with unique style and shopping experiences. The Ottawa Shopping Style Series will take you on a tour of Ottawa’s best shopping districts.

The ByWard Market district in Ottawa is the place for shopping, dining and the arts. With so many great stores, it has to be broken down in to sections, starting with Sussex Drive. Of course, Sussex Drive is one of Ottawa’s best-known streets. It’s home to 24 Sussex (the Prime Minister’s residence) and Rideau Hall (where the Governor General lives and works), but the street has another claim to fame—shopping! The four blocks between Rideau Street and Murray Street are jam-packed with high-end boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Here are a few highlights to check out on your next trip to Ottawa.

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CANTAS specializes in evening gowns, elegant business attire and casual wear. Focusing on European designers, the boutique carries elegant clothing at affordable prices. Sizes range from 0 to 20. CANTAS located at 700 Sussex Dr. bridges the gap between Downtown Rideau and the ByWard Market district.

Poised caters to fashion-forward women who thrive on individuality, featuring exclusive and edgy designer labels. Drop in to the boutique at 535 Sussex or book a personal shopping appointment and let the talented stylists make you look and feel extraordinary.

Kaliyana, F/W 2013 Kaliyana, F/W 2013 Envied located at 513 Sussex features well-known designers like Betsey Johnson and Black Halo with additional labels hand-picked by their team of personal shoppers. When you walk out of this store in your new duds you’ll be… envied!

Kaliyana – This is the first boutique opened by designer Jana Kalous over 25 years ago at 515 Sussex. Kalous uses architectural details to create simple and timeless style. Made with all natural fibers such as linen and cotton, the clothes feature bold shapes, asymmetric lines, multiple layers and simply ooze comfort. Dressing women from size 6 to 22, this boutique is a definite standout.

Melow, S/S 2013 Melow, S/S 2013 Melow par Mélissa Bolduc was an Ottawa Fashion Week favourite for the spring/summer 2013 season. The Montréal-based designer recently opened a boutique at 457 Sussex bringing her particular brand of sophisticated yet comfortable designs to the Capital.

For you and the hubby
Trustfund – True, the majority of the floor space is dedicated to the women, but there is a section of very nicely selected men’s clothes. And let’s face it, they rarely need quite the same selection we gals require! Trustfund caters to a more relaxed trend with a downtown-chic vibe. Trustfund is located at 493 Sussex right across from the American Embassy.

Schad/Schad Blü – a men’s and women’s store duo run by a husband-and-wife team. This store is a go-to for hot new trends and the season’s must-haves. And their jeans selection is fantastic! And right next door, the owners opened Wolf & Zed, a shoe store that has the perfect pair to finish every outfit. 519-521 Sussex Drive.

For the Home
Il Motorino Pizza Cutter, $12 at Zone Maison Il Motorino Pizza Cutter, $12 at Zone Maison Zone Maison is a home store that carries the cutest and most practical accessories going. Located close to the National Gallery of Canada at 471 Sussex. Stop in to look at the gorgeous new home trends and you might find yourself leaving with a Vespa pizza cutter you never knew you needed!

As you shop your way up the street stop into Social Restaurant and Lounge or Play Food and Wine and make a reservation for dinner. After all that shopping, you’ll be hungry for a fantastic meal!

Happy shopping!

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