I'm a pretty easy person to impress. Show me something sparkly or some awesome shoes, or give me great service and you will inherit a client for life. Thought I'd share a few of things that make me happy right now. Let me know if any of them make your favourites list!
Renu Spa : In my opinion, this is the best spa in Ottawa. Not ashamed to admit that I love visiting spas, and have been to quite a few in the city. I have had just about every treatment at Renu and have never been disappointed. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the products they use are heavenly. If you want an amazing experience you have got to go visit them!
Stella & Dot : Ok so if you know me, you know I'm a bit of an accessories junkie...and I love nothing more than a little sparkle added to any outfit. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to Stella & Dot products. All I could think at the time was "why the heck had I not heard of this stuff before?" They make amazing jewellery for every price range, and I recently bought one of their bag (Madison Tech bag) and am in love with them too. The BEST part for me is the awesome personal stylist that I was introduced to. Nadia is amazing, knows her stuff, and gives you honest opinion about pieces you are looking at. If you want to do some Christmas shopping, or just pick something up for yourself, you have got to get in touch with Nadia. Thanks to her, I have a pretty decent collection of S&D - and I LOVE every piece!
My Tory Burch flats: I recently bought 2 pairs of these flats, and they are my new go to shoes for comfort and style. If you want to indulge a bit, I totally recommend these shoes!
Tagalong Toys : So it may seem a little odd that I have a toy store on my list, but I could not create this list without acknowledging this Kanata store. The selection of toys is awesome (I always find the neatest stuff), but what impresses me the most is their service. Here's an example - I was on holidays and my daughter was asking (in the non stop way 8 year olds do) for a Rainbow Loom. I looked while I was away, but happened to send a message (via Twitter) to Patti at Tagalong Toys. She not only replied, but held one for me until I got back from holidays. When a store is local, and this focused on service, it's easy to make it one of my favourite places in Ottawa!
Terra20 : This is one of my new favourite finds in the city (I know...I'm a little behind) - and I'm a little addicted to their stuff. Not only is it eco-friendly, but very reasonably priced and the selection is incredible. I love their laundry detergent, have found my new favourite hand cream there, have stocked up on re-usable containers for lunches, and am loving the peppermint sticks I found there to help with my headaches. I usually go in for one thing, and end up spending lots of time browsing and finding new things to love. Definitely put this on your list to visit!
Remember to let me know if any of these are on your list of awesome things! And if I find anything else that warrants getting added to my "gotta love" list I'll let you know!