Because our everyday blankets are definitely made to share! 😍 Thanks @melanie__mathieu for making us feel like we were alone in the world after 12 years of mariage ✨/// Nos couvertures tout-aller sont faites pour être partagées! Disons qu'on n'a pas l'habitude de jouer les top-modèles, mais avec la photographe Melanie Mathieu c'était plus facile! Tsé 12 ans de mariage! 🧡 #minitipi
Looking at the Lewis Street side of the #HerbAndSpice renovation work on its new back section, done over a few years. In the first photo, you can see where the original @herbspicebank annex used to be across Bank Street, right beside @saabsalonspa – which itself went through a massive expansion years ago. It seems that now that the construction is over, you can rent out the 2nd and 3rd floors of 487 Lewis now, above the Herb & Spice expansion. From the new listing, which calls it a “brand new building” (which it basically is):
“487 Lewis Street, Ottawa, Ontario
“CREATIVE OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE!!!
“Area: Approx. 1500 sq. ft. available per floor 2nd and 3rd floors
“Semi Gross Rent: $26-$28 per sq. ft. with increases in the Realty Taxes & CAM using a Base Year 2019. Hydro extra.”
Brand new building
Lot of window space
Steps away from Bank Street- Bridgehead Coffee, Herb and Spice, and James Street Pub.”
A closer look the #HerbAndSpice renovations to their new extension. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one following this project since 2016:
“I don't have a precise date for 487 Lewis but an informed guess would place it in the late 1920s. It's visible in the #1928 aerial photos, and newspaper ads for its business tenants start to appear in 1930. This would make it an ambitious example of early cider-block construction in this city.
“In its time, 487 has housed a variety of workshop/store enterprises, including but not limited to gas, oil and lubrication, a woodworker, sheet metal construction, an upholsterer, plumbing and heating, a stationer, and an air-conditioning and refrigeration business. It was last occupied by a gay bathhouse. The east wall … has borne the handiwork of many local graffiti writers.
“Current work reveals a steel frame (presumably with wood-framed interior walls) and a cinder-block exterior, originally veneered in brick. The view from Lewis Street suggests that the floors were poured concrete.”
The #HerbAndSpice recently opened its new greatly expanded back section. It’s been a few years in the making, and I’ve been taking photos of it since the beginning. Here’s a trip back in time from when the renovations first started, all the way to just a few weeks before it opened. I had to delete a lot of photos, and many are on a hard drive now in storage, so this is just a sampling. The first set was taken from Gilmour Street behind what was (in 2016/2017) still Aziz & Company & is now @GongfuBao. Partly this building now fascinates me because it reminds me of an old philosophy question: how much of a thing can be replaced before it stops being the original thing? I believe the original building dates from the 1920s – if memory serves, it was used for a refrigerator business for years, which (if I’m right) would be quite poetic given all the refrigeration now used by @herbspicebank! I know a firefighter who had to enter this building several times for emergencies when it was a “bath house” – apparently the original building was just not designed to put up with years and years of heavy steam, so he wasn’t surprised they had to basically gut the place during renovations.
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For the 4th shoe of Christmas, my true love gave to me....the @newbalancecanada 928 v3!
Yes, this is a walking show, and it's not even from the NB Lifestyle series. This is a colorway that is made specifically for women, and it's one of the hottest shoes in the store at the moment. Navy suede is a killer look for this shoe.
If you're loving this shoe, like this post, give us a follow, and we'll send you some holiday love in the form of a little discount code ;)
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