Celebrate, Create, Party & Fish! Published on June 28, 2017

  • Local love

  • MonkeyJunk

  • Tailwater Outdoors handcrafted net

  • Ottawa’s oldest steakhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary

Local Love

A new addition to the up-and-coming Wellington West neighbourhood of Hintonburg, Maker House Co. is all about traditional and locally-crafted furniture and housewares. Founder and owner, Gareth Davies, opened the store two years ago because he wanted to bring the maker movement to main street retail. Strongly influenced by his grandfather, a craftsman and furniture refinisher, he grew to cherish authentic handmade furniture and wanted a place to feature lasting, locally-made furniture.

Fostering a network of local makers, the store generates sales for more than 100 makers across Canada. From June 11-25, Maker House Co. will be part of CraftFest on Albert Island where 100+ local makers will showcase their handmade goods (www.craft-fest.ca). Take advantage of this fun opportunity to shop and support creative entrepreneurs while learning about the local craft community, or visit Maker House Co. at 987 Wellington St W.

Party by the Basin

Come celebrate Canada 150 in beautiful historic Perth. The three-day long weekend celebration will kickoff with the Party by the Basin – an outdoor celebration including three bands, a food market hosted by the Midnight Makers, cold brew from the Perth Brewery, a wine and drink table run by the Stewart Park Festival committee and samples from Top Shelf Distillers. The musical lineup includes the Keith Glass Band, Juno Award nominated artist JW-Jones and MonkeyJunk. A stage will be set up in front of the Crystal Palace and the party will take place in the Basin parking lot.

Gates open at 5 pm and the music starts at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 per person (plus service fee) and includes the Perth Passport, which gives summer-long access to special deals at participating businesses. You can learn more at perth.ca/canada150.

Gone Fishing

For the passionate fisherman, a Tailwater Outdoors handcrafted net is a must. The nets are made by Ottawa craftsman Jeremy Levett with locally harvested, sustainable wood. The creative process is lengthy and detailed to ensure durability. The nets can also serve as classic Canadian cottage décor when placed on one of the handcrafted stands. Tailwateroutdoors.com.

Happy Anniversary!

Ottawa’s oldest steakhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this summer! Halim “Al” Saikali, a Lebanese immigrant, opened Al’s Steakhouse in July 1967, and it quickly became a go-to dining destination. The recently reopened restaurant boasts a classy new vibe following major renovations in honour of Al who passed away last year. The menu has been updated, but still includes the core dishes that make the Elgin Street steakhouse famous. In celebration of their anniversary and Canada 150, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson will present the family with a plaque on July 24.

Sandy Connell

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