Celebrating @healthypetshq on Downtown Bank! Last weekend, Healthy Pets HQ had their 5th anniversary🎉😻 we are so thrilled for this wonderful shop and admire all of their hard work. Along with their amazing selection of pet foods and products, did you know that they have kittens for adoption (including the one in this photo 👆)? Healthy Pets HQ are active in supporting rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of companion animals - so stop in today and adopt your new best friend ❤️
One of the best perks of our Centretown location is the neighbouring businesses around us, and the community we have built and shared together. Tonight, we were honoured to host Sheena and the crew from Aziz & Company for their "Staff-termath" party after 53 years in business. We wish you all the best in your next adventures! ❤️
We are sad to see @markbstephenson art coming down, but you can find his new show called Social Portraits at Trinity Art Gallery Salon B on from Oct. 19th.
Thanks to @csart_ottawa for letting us be a part of your program!
In the meantime, we are applying a coat of paint to our walls to welcome the art of Andrew Dobson @apld108 and hope you will all join us for the vernissage on Tuesday October 24th from 5 -9pm.
Sips by our friends @kin_vineyards and @dominioncity.
Bites by Clover.
Music by Andrew Dobson.
Not to be missed!
The north end of #FifthAvenueCourt on Bank St in #TheGlebe , at the corner of Fourth Avenue. Like #DowntownBank , this section of #BankStreetOttawa has a long history of being home to small businesses, including family businesses. Where Von’s is today, 819 Bank at Fourth, there was a pet supply shop decades ago. Notice #NewlandsBlock in the background.
“The first part to be built was at the corner of Fourth Ave. (819- 821) in 1896 for C. Moreland where he opened a grocery store, a branch of his main store on Sparks St. According to the 1898 City of Ottawa Directory it sold wood, flour and feed as well as groceries. This business, which remained in the family until 1932, also housed the Bank St. South Post office from 1904 to 1918. On the second floor there was a large public meeting room, known as Moreland's Hall, where several of the Glebe churches held Sunday services before they had their own facilities. It remained in use until the 1940s when it was converted into an apartment […]
“In 1974, the year these photos were taken, Aladdin Pet Shop had already been at 819-821 for 17 years. Next door was Alex Jewelers at 825; Choice Meat Market at 827; Glebe Fashion Cleaners at 829-831 and still here today at 829; Trans Canada Promotions at 835-837; B. G. Electric at 841- 843; and Robin's Restaurant, later to become the popular Kamal's, at 845. The demolition of 845 in 1980 and the extensive restoration and renovation work associated with the Fifth Avenue Court project have resulted in the building as you see it today [in 1998].”
- Glebe Report April 3, 1998 page18
Helping diners primed and stretchy-pants ready for #Thanksgiving .
This week's #burger , aptly named "The Thanksgiving Burger": 6oz house ground @enrightcattleco beef patty, sweet potato mash, rabbit sausage & @seedtosausage bacon stuffing, @ferme_reveuse pulled chicken, mushroom gravy, roasted @rochongardens brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce, all in a #plaisirsgourmands sesame bun.
We'll be closed Sunday and Monday, reopening on Tuesday!
Photo, that captures our burger In all its glory, by: @mattkgardiner
All these frames are waiting for their owners to pick them up meanwhile our boss sits there wishing it happens before they completely take over our store. Busy time of the year and it's not even Christmas yet 😱
It isn’t part of Ottawa’s original area, but I really want talk about #TheGlebe as an example of how Ottawa expanded beyond its core. These two maps are from Bytown.net, a great resource for anyone interested in Ottawa’s early history; their website has a collection essays, copies of primary sources, links, and other resources. One piece is devoted to the evolution of the Glebe, driven by the #RideauCanal and extension of #DowntownBank south into a rural area.
“Before 1850 the Glebe was a mixture of forest and meadow. Proximity to the city encouraged landowners to lease plots to market gardeners rather than to large-scale farmers as this provided a yearly income without losing control of their property for any length of time. Three major speculators in this venture were the Presbyterian Church, which leased its Clergy Reserve just south of William Powell's property, the Hickey family and William F. Powell. The annual Agricultural Fair was held at what is today known as #LansdownePark . It attracted farmers from the outlying townships as well as urban dwellers for a mixture of business and pleasure. The #BankStreet commercial corridor bisected the neighbourhood. Early taverns at Central Park and Fifth Avenue and businesses such as the Capital Boat and Canoe Works provided employment. At this time Patterson’s Creek was still navigable by canoe and rowboat, as far west as Bank Street. At the northern boundry of the Glebe, along Chamberlain and Isabella Streets were "piling yards" where sawn lumber was stored as late as the 1950's. There was also a stockyard south of the CAR terminus, in the north-east corner of the Glebe.”
http://www.bytown.net/glebe.htm 🏬⛪️ 🏢
This is 722 Bank St at First Avenue in #TheGlebe , the home to @GoldartJewelleryStudio since 2016. I mentioned #GoldartJewellery in September, while looking at #DowntownBank north of Somerset West, it having been located at 117 Bank for 39 years. The business was established in 1977 in Centretown by Mark Rozanski, and just celebrated its 40th Anniversary. (See https://gold-art.com/pages/about-us )
"Goldart opened its doors in the Glebe in late November 2016 in the stylish turn-of-the-century mansion vacated by Bucklands Fine Clothing at the corner of Bank Street and First Avenue. The Rozanskis love their new building, which they describe as their “forever home.” Before opening, they refinished the floors and installed “new old” radiators, a thoughtful reference to the rich history of the building. They also installed a glass wall to the workshop where the magic takes place."
Picking up the keys to a whole new future! Tarek and Emily of @gongfubao are going to turn the corner of Bank and Gilmour into something new and wonderful! Or should we say.... BUN-derful...!!! Please join the Aziz Family and Team Aziz in wishing them all the best in their awesome endeavor! We invite you to join us in following @gongfubao on IG, and FB and hope you'll be dining there with us when they open! #AuthenticBao#Eat#Local#SupportLocal#BankStreet#DowntownBank#Forward
🍕CALLING ALL PIZZA LOVERS🍕 Contest Alert! 🚨Did you know October is National Pizza Month? To celebrate, our amazing partners at Dominos (464 Bank Street) are giving away a year (yes a YEAR) of FREE PIZZA! That's 1 pizza a week for 52 weeks for FREE! So how do you enter the giveaway? See below 👉
1. Like this photo and follow @downtownbank and @dominoscanada
2. Tag 3 friends who you'd want to share pizza with
3. Comment your favourite pizza toppings! 🙌
Rules and regulations apply. The winner will be announced October 20th! Winner will be selected at random
When #DowntownBank dips under the 417 Highway, the #Queensway , we leave Centretown and enter #TheGlebe . While in some ways a logical extension of #BankStreet south of #SomersetWest , it marks a sharp break from downtown. This building, #AmbassadorCourt , is right beside what was long ago part of #PattersonsCreek which I mentioned in August, and so presumably close to where a bridge over the since-drained creek once was. Now, the creek is gone l and it's squirrel-filled park which tends to flood in spring. This #apartmentbuilding is now billed as "heritage condos" ever since the City of Ottawa in 2009 approved the conversion of the building at 612 Bank Street into #condominium units:
"Local architectural buffs will already know this Ottawa landmark as the work of W.E. Noffke, one of Ottawa’s most profilific architects in the first half of the 20th century. A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, #Noffke is best known for his work along the Sparks Street Mall including the Central Post Office at the corner of Elgin St. His career success led to handsome commissions building historically significant homes for Ottawa’s elite, and he is equally known for his gracious residential designs which remain hallmarks in The Glebe to this day.
"Built in 1928, Ambassador Court was designed to overlook Central Park to the west of Bank St, back when The Glebe was a “streetcar suburb”. Noffke was clearly enamoured of this enclave, designing a number of noteworthy homes that surround Central Park, including his own, and influencing the development of this beautifully landscaped oasis which has now been proposed as a heritage conservation district. Writers, artists and professors have all called Ambassador Court home over the years, easily drawn by both the choice location as well as the choice views."
365 1/2 Bank in the #1950s . Always change, always a landmark. Did #Cluff know when he built this building in 1890, then called “Cluff’s New Block,” just how many notable events and people would flow through his #brick building over the next 127 years?
Reference Code: MG393-NP-47131-001
Title: Union of Women Aircraft Workers ; 365 1/2 Bank
Early Date / Late Date: 1956-12-05
Physical Description: 1 photograph : b&w negative ; 4 x 5 in
Scope & Content: Item consists of a photograph of four women and a Santa Claus. All four of them seem to be holding gifts in their hands.
Access Restrictions: Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.
Other Codes: 47131
Box Number: A2012-1068
There are so many interesting little shops and places on #DowntownBank as you get closer to #GladstoneAvenue , but I really want to share with you the building where Beaded Dreams is now located. The store and the building are packed with history. There's a listing for the building in the 1898 Ottawa business directory, and the building looks like a classic late-#19thCentury Centretown #brick building. The exterior #fireescape is distinctive but not unique. I know people who lived in this building in the 1960s, and worked on Bank then. In the early 1990s, there was a CD shop at 426 Bank, then in 1994 as @beadeddreamsca explains, a very special store opened up:
"When I was just a young one, my parents took my brother and I out on the Pow Wow trail where they'd sell their handmade goods and we'd all share in an experience like no other. Some of the best memories of my childhood were from these road trips, traveling from place to place across Canada and the United States. "In 1994, my parents opened up their very own Native arts and crafts store in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - They named it Beaded Dreams. Over the years they've gained loyal customers while making new ones all the time, and in 2007, they passed Beaded Dreams down to me and I've been taking care of this baby ever since.
"[…] Our mission is to support indigenous artists and to keep this beautiful culture alive."
Keeping with my recent theme of change on @DowntownBank, notice that Beaded Dreams has changed its sign since I took my first photos in April!
I've posted about several buildings and businesses on #DowntownBank south of #SomersetWest already, including several buildings here, like the #FraserBlock on the right here, home of Ottawa's very first #RoyalOakPub . While I started here last winter, I've put off a more systematic walk down #BankStreetOttawa for a few reasons. One, it is a really long street packed with Ottawa #history , so it's a little daunting. Two, as I've mentioned, Urbsite has covered this stretch of Bank Street particularly well, so I've tried to focus on just the more overlooked places, like where @azizandcompany & @herbspicebank are located. Here's Urbsite writing in 2009 on this #gentrification -resistant part of Centretown, in an intro to his own survey of @DowntownBank :
“Bank Street south of Somerset Street is finally finished [reconstruction of the road itself] and re-opened for business. It's one of the most interesting stretches of downtown Bank, with a collection of historic Main Street style buildings, some varying infill and a few gaps that have opened since I first researched the street's history for the Ontario Ministry of Culture back in 1979.”
This building on #DowntownBank at #SomersetWest used to be yet another of the many banks in this section of #BankStreet in #CentretownOttawa . As the plaque in the second photo says, it was designed by #architects Keefer & Weeks and was built for the #BankOfMontreal in 1908-1909. By the 1980s, this was a pub, and in the 1990s, the neighbouring Hartman's #grocery expanded to incorporate it. And now, Hartman's (founded by the son of the man who built the #HartmanBuilding further north on Bank) has become Massine's grocery store. Across Bank St is the #SomersetHouse , which would have been a store in the early #1900s ; I posted images of that building months ago. Across Somerset Ave West was for years a Royal Bank of Canada, which is now a coffee shop. @DowntownBank is _always_ changing -- renewing but never gentrifying. 🏦🏛
"A generation of new [#bank ] branches opened [on Bank St.] in the 1960s: […] the Royal Bank of Canada at Somerset (Douglass and Ross Architects); The third Bank of Nova Scotia at Gladstone Avenue (Balharrie and Helmer Architects); the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce at Cooper Street; and the Bank of Montreal in the 400 Cooper Street Building at Bank. All have been vacated by the banks and are now being used for other purposes."
Here we grow again! Established downtown restaurant seeks personable and charismatic part-time server(s)/bartender(s) to join the Buzz family! Send your resume to manager Chris Fry at firstname.lastname@example.org, or apply in person at 374 Bank St.