Established in the Canadian North more than 300 years ago as a fur-trading post known as the Hudson’s Bay Company, the Bay carries standard department-store collections of fashions and Shopping Malls. Sales and promotions are frequent and merchandise is a good quality. The Bay occupies an anchor spot at four large Ottawa area malls – Bayshore Shopping Centre, Place d’Orleans Shopping Centre, Rideau Centre, and St. Laurent Shopping Centre.
Sears Canada offers a comprehensive range of consumer goods; Sears anchors Carlingwood Shopping Centre, Rideau Centre, and St. Laurent Shopping Centre. Like the Bay, Sear offers sales and promotions on an ongoing basis.
Act II Fashions: With two west-end locations, Act II specializes in women’s designer label clothing on consignment.
Clothes Encounters of a Second Time: the store’s close proximity to the upscale neighborhoods of New Edinburgh and Rockcliffe give it an edge when it comes to scooping up barely used designer wear.
The Clothes Secret: In St. Laurent Shopping Centre, the stock consistently includes plenty of brand-name labels, and new arrivals are set apart to make browsing easy.
Consignment World: Small household items abound at this hip store for bargain hunters.
HUSH ReSale Clothing: The racks in St. Laurent Shopping Malls are conveniently organized by size, and the store offers a “special item” search service.
Value Village: Quickly becoming as much a national icon as Tim Horton’s, Value Village – the Canadian arm of Savers – always offers an electric mix of clothin, books, toys, furniture, and appliances.
Jack Winter Opticians: When Jim Veich took over St.Laurent Shopping Mall from its namesake, the stock included a large selection of vintage glasses from the ‘40s and ‘50s. Since the change in ownership, the store has attracted musicians, actors, and other assorted scene makers who enjoy cat’s-eye frames and other retro looks.
Glebe Side Kids: If you don’t want to dress your kids in the same gear as your friends and neighbors, step into Glebe Side kids for designer clothing in eye-catching colors and styles. You’ll find casual and dressy clothing for boys and girls in sizes from infants to teens. Lines include Bleu and Deux Par Deux from Quebec and imports from Germany and France. The clothing is high quality – with prices to match.
Tickled Pink: This effervescent collection features lines from three Ottawa designers. The Clothes have bright, intense colors, practical styling, and fun patterns. Also available are Yummy Mummy maternity wear from Toronto; locally made sheepskin hats, gloves, and slippers; and dress-up clothes.
West End Kids: Tired of mall wear? Head here for top quality upscale clothing for infants to teens. Labels include Mexx, Columbis, Tommy Hilfiger, Deux Par Deux, and Fresh Produce.
Buckland Fine Clothing: Buckland’s offers clothing and accessories for well-heeled clients. Top brand names and designer labels include Tommy Hilfiger, Arnold Brant, and Cambridge Suits.
E.R. Fisher Ltd: This family-owned business has been an Ottawa institution since 1905 and offers custom-made shirts, tailored to measure, and formal-wear service. Lines include Cambridge, Coppeley, Jack Victor, Samuelsohn, Swiss Army, Cutter & Buck, and Cline.
Morgante Menswear: this store carries fine clothing from formal wear rental to casual and sportswear, with lines by Canali, Jeans Couture, Versace, and Hugo Boss. Professional tailoring available, and alterations while you wait.
Anik Boutique: This high-end women’s fashion retailer carries top lines including Boss, Versace, Marc Cain, Aj Armani, and Ferre.
Eclection: Exclusively stocking Canadian designers, Eclection has fascinating and unusual women’s separates and accessories. Jewelry, hats, and scarves are also available.
Richard Robinson: this exciting Ottawa-based fashion designer – who made his name with his eye-popping dress for local socialite Marlen Cowpland – has a ready-to-wear collection available at the boutique next to the Richard Robinson Academy of Fashion Design.
Sable Classics: Sable offers women’s fashion and accessories, with an emphasis on dresses and sportswear. One of the featured designers is Canadian Linda Lundstrom.
Shepherd’s: Canadian, American, and European designers are featured at this local boutique, including lines by Helen Kaminski and Linda Lundstrom. Good selection of accessories, including jewelry, handbags, belts, and purses at Bayshore Shopping Centre.