WHO: Jacobsons Gourmet Concepts
WHERE: 141 Beechwood Ave, Ottawa. ?Tel: 613-746-6002, www.jacobsons.ca
WHAT: Everything for a splendid dinner party. From candelabra and glamorous glassware, to mouth-watering chutneys, charcuterie, cheeses, pastries and olive oils.
STYLE: Sophisticated, modern, urban, luxury entertaining, catering and gourmet gifts.
BEST BUYS: Exotic cheeses from France and Quebec, Bilboquet ice cream from Montreal - decadent and creamy.
THE GOODS: Jacobsons sells everything you could ever need to throw the most fabulous dinner party. From elegant tableware such as a five-candle stainless steel candelabra and pretty plates designed just for mussels, to over 80 different cheeses from France, the U.K. and Quebec. Mouth-watering desserts from Dufflet in Toronto fill one cabinet, while "FRESH ART IS IN" bread is delivered daily and at weekends they offer croissants, cranberry and chocolate twists. Non-alcoholic drinks in vintage-style bottles offer a stylish alternative and include Effervé Sparkling Lemonade, Orangeade, Pomegrante and Pink Lemonde from France. And for the perfect hostess gift, pick up a little something from the oh-so-chic Parisian establishment delicatessen, Fauchon, with its distinctive black and white packaging.
OWNERS: Susan Jacobson opened Jacobsons in 2006, and a second retail store in St. Jovite, Quebec in November 2008. She's about to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the wholesale business that was the impetus for opening a store. "I had talked for a long time saying that I should open a store," she says. "It's given me an insight into what the consumer is looking for in a store from the retail perspective, and what my customer is looking for from a wholesale perspective." Jacobson adds that she is the sole Canadian importer and agent for 98% of the products stocked in her store. ó Written by Hattie Klotz