Trunk Sale Sneak Peek – Grob

Okay Workshoppers, here is our first Trunk Sale sneak peek!

When the great big box from Grob arrived at the store, we just couldn’t wait to open it.  And we won’t make you wait any longer for photos.

Here is just a taste of what you’ll find at the Trunk Sale in four short days:

Super sweet tee - Past season - reg $80 - trunk sale $25!!

Super sweet tee - Past season - reg $80 - trunk sale $25!!

Grob gray and black top with drawstring at the waist - reg $86 - trunk sale $15! (apparently there is a defect but we couldn't find anything wrong with this sweet T!)

Gray and black top with drawstring at the waist - reg $86 - trunk sale $15! (apparently there is a defect but we couldn't find anything wrong with this sweet T!)

Grob brown jacket with plaid detail and buttons - Past season - $25!!

Brown jacket with plaid detail and buttons - Past season - $25!!

See you on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the store (242 ½ Dalhousie St) from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.


Independent Designers Rock ~ By Bridget

Independent designers…They are amazing, creative, brave…I love them!  They have the courage to put their ideas and their style out there.  Many of our designers quit stable and well-paying jobs to create for a living.  That takes guts and conviction.

Day after day, they pour their hearts into creating unique and unconventional things that are fun to wear…When I try on a wacky piece by some out-there lady using a blowtorch on her kitchen table, I never fail to smile and my day becomes brighter.

Independent designers care about the people that work for them…The people who give their designs life.  They choose quality over quantity every time.  When a design (especially a CRAZY one) is a little off, designers work so hard to fix and adjust over and over so that it turns out just right.  Don’t you think that’s lovely?

As a busy woman (and Mom to an adorable 1 ½ year old girlie!), it isn’t always easy to buy only from independent designers.  I’m not a perfect soul and sometimes I just want a plain black tee or a pair of jeans.  I struggle…sometimes I waver…but ultimately I love where my money goes when I buy local and when I buy Canadian.  It’s just a small step but, then again, isn’t that what the bigger steps are made of?

Speaking of independent designers, the Workshop trunk sale is only one week away and I’m soooo excited!  A bunch of our designers are shipping us a ton of way discounted stuff…It’s like the Holy Grail of boutique shopping…I got a haul last year.  So join us on Thursday, September 24th…I’ll be the crazy one!  ;)

♥  Bridget.

Sweet Cherry Pie

Have you heard?  Cherry Pie is back!

Meet Christina and one of Workshop’s new recruits, the fabulous Emily, at Cherry Pie on Tuesday, September 22nd.  The event starts on 7:00 pm and will be held at Lago on Dow’s Lake.

If this is your first time, Cherry Pie is “For women in business who mean business” and it’s a ton of fun.  Bring your business cards, resumes, ideas and business plans and come out to schmooze with Ottawa’s best and brightest.

As well becoming inspired and energized by the amazing Ottawa women that you’ll meet, you’ll also have the opportunity to talk to the Business Development Bank of Canada who will help you understand what the bank needs to know about your business plan before you approach them for a loan.  The Gowlings team of professionals will also be on hand to answer your business questions relating to taxes, contract, employees, trademarks and company protection.  The cherry on top?  An interactive barter board and career bar!

Doesn’t this sound sweet?  It gets even sweeter:  All fundraising initiatives go to the Ottawa Canine Rescue Team.

Regular tickets are $15 and they are $8 for students.  To RSVP or to find out more, contact Catherine Landry by email ( or by telephone (819-776-5161).

Stay crafty kids,

♥ Workshop.

Trunk Sale – September 24th!

You asked for it, Workshoppers!

We are so excited to announce our second TRUNK SALE of the year!  The sale was such a big hit last spring that over 600 savvy shoppers came to indulge in the sweet, sweet deals.

Mark your calendars and join us at the store (242 ½ Dalhousie Street) on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

At the sale, you’ll be treated to amazing savings of up to 70% off on past collections and samples.  We’ll have extra change rooms (at least 6!) and all of our expert and helpful staff will be on hand to help you snag your deals, and generally gush about the amazing clothes and jewelry that will be on hand.  Joining our lovely salesladies will be a special celebrity saleslady (hint: one of our very own fabulous designers).  As if all this isn’t enough, we will also have plenty of yummy treats to keep your strength up and drinks to keep you hydrated right ’til 9:00 pm.

Are you excited yet?  Because there’s more!  We’re going to snap photos of the Trunk Sale stock as it arrives in the store and we’ll be posting photos on our blog so you can pick out your favourites before the big day.

We can’t wait to you on September 24th!

Stay crafty,

♥ Workshop.