Wanted: Crafty High School Co-Op Student

Do you know a high school student in grade 11 or 12 who is energetic, responsible & crafty?

If so, send them our way! (-:

We are looking for an outgoing and responsible high school co-op student for the winter term who is willing to try to new things and embark on an adventure with us!

The placement could be at Workshop or at Flock (or both!) and involves fun things like making creative window displays, button-making, dressing mannequins and crafting.  It also includes less-than-fun things like tidying, organizing supplies, cutting down cardboard boxes and steaming clothes.  Punctuality is important. A positive attitude is essential.

Know someone who would be a good fit?  Have them email us at info@workshopboutique.ca.


The Ladies of Workshop & Flock

Workshop’s new Space.

As many of your know, Workshop has been closed for the last 12 days while we refinished the floors and changed up the look.  We’re back open again and we can’t tell you how excited we are about the results!

The goal of our reno was to brighten up the shop and to add a workshop space where we will be designing and crafting our own in-house collection (think: pieces available only at Workshop & Flock!): done and done.

Here are a few pics to give you the idea, but come on down and check it out for yourself!


The (dusty and not-so-handy) Ladies of Workshop & Flock


Putting the Workshop back into Workshop


Those of you who have been with us since the beginning of the crazy and fabulous journey we like to call shop ownership will remember back in 2005 when half of our shop was a functioning studio space where we would sew and knit and stay (relatively) trouble-free…

At some point, our little shop needed to grow so we moved our studios back into our homes, but we have often looked back nostalgically at those old days and this year, we’ve decided to go back to our roots!

So…the big reveal: We will be closing Workshop between January 20th – 31st to put on old jeans, turn up the music and take up hammers and drills to renovate our little baby (who is now almost 9 years old…eek!) and turn 1/3 of the shop space into a fully functional studio, complete with sewing table and silkscreening lab!  We plan to use this space to bring you our own in-house collection. Excited?? Us too.

So – it will be the best of both worlds: the same great made-in-Canada shop you’ve always known and loved PLUS a fun and bright (spoiler alert: yellow is the new turquoise!) studio space where we can make pretty things. (-:

Plan to come down to the Market and visit our new project on Saturday, Feb 1st, when we re-open. We can’t wait to share it with you!

The Ladies of Workshop

Our Handmade Holiday Gift Guide

The lovely ladies of Workshop & Flock got together to share our top picks for gifts this holiday season, we hope you enjoy them!

And friends and family note: we LOVE these pieces, so might we find a few of them under our tree?









The Great Crafting De-Stash!

The Great Crafting De-Stash! Nov 16-24th. Flock Boutique.

Back by popular demand, we’re de-stashing our studios and selling off our crafting supplies at ridiculous prices!  Join us in the Flock basement and score stuff to get your crafting going…the holidays are coming! Part of Apartment 613‘s Support Local Month.


The Ladies of Flock

Flock Boutique *hearts* Supply & Demand!

Let’s be honest: Christina and I spend most of our days trying to figure out how to combine our love of fashion with our love of food…you would too if you could find a way to fit it in to your job, I bet! (-;

So, in honor of November (Support Local Month!) and our love of all things Wellington West, we at Flock have partnered with our latest love – Supply & Demand – to give you (another) reason to shop for cute dresses & enjoy the neighbourhood’s latest food sensation…

Here’s how it works:

From Nov 2nd to 10th,

* When you purchase something over $20 at Flock, you will receive a coupon for a free dessert at Supply & Demand…yummm…


*  When you enjoy a drinks or a meal at Supply & Demand, you will receive a coupon for 10% off anything at Flock!

What would be better? Fashion & Food. Food & Fashion. Move over PB & J…


The Ladies of Flock & Our neighbours at Supply & Demand

Happy Support Local Month!


Nov 7th: Purple Urchin Pop-Up Apothecary & Two Great GIVEAWAYS!!

Purple Urchin Pop-Up Apothecary. Nov 7th, 6-8pm. Flock Boutique.

We couldn’t be more excited about Support Local Month and we’re celebrating our love of all things local by partnering with the wild and wonderful ladies of Purple Urchin to bring you a one-night-only apothecary in our basement!

Check out the facebook event.

They look pretty fun, don’t they?

The Pop-Up Apothecary:

Join us for a super fun evening where we’ll be launching Purple Urchin at Flock. As fans of these ladies and their amazing handmade soap products, we couldn’t be happier to have their goods at the shop! With the Holidays just around the cornier, we’re already hoping some Purple Urchin goodness will make it into our stockings!

Join us for the kick off party! We’ve got loads of great stuff planned:

* The first 50 guests will receive a gift bag filled with awesome goodies from Purple Urchin and Flock!

* Bring your friends and get treated to a relaxing hand massage!

* The ladies will also be on hand to help you mix up your very own batch of Sugar Scrub to take home with you! How awesome is that???

* In case all this free stuff, pampering and crafting has you working up an appetite, we’ll have some tasty home baked treats on hand too!

And…just so you are all as excited as we are, we’ve decided to do a couple of giveaways!  WIN one of the packages of goodies in this pic!  Enter below. Contest ends on Wednesday, Nov 6th at midnight.

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The Ladies of Flock

We Heart Brunch.

We shopped, chatted and ate gorgeous Parsnip, Cheddar & Black Pepper Muffins made by the lovely Cara, of Workshop & Flock.

Thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday to our first ever Brunch Bunch!

I think we’re going to have to do it again soon… (-;


The Ladies of Flock

Alice Alishka Pop Up Shop/Trunk Show! (Contest details at the bottom of the post)

Most of you may never have heard of Alice Alishka

I would consider her one of Ottawa’s best kept secrets, but now the secret is out! Alice is partnering with Workshop to offer you an amazing Alice Alishka Pop Up Shop/Trunk Show on Nov 14th from 6-8pm as part of Apartment 613‘s Support Local Month!

Check out this piece…how cute is it??

Here are the official goodies on Alice:

Alice graduated from the material art and design program at OCAD University in 2011. During the last year of her studies she started the company AliceAlishka. She has since designed and created five collections of women’s clothing. AliceAlishka strives to combine modern digital design and production technologies with traditional crafting ideologies to create practical everyday fashion. Each garment is designed to be comfortable and wearable by women of all ages, in a wide range of activities, from casual to semi-formal. Each season a series of textiles are designed using AliceAlishka’s hand made software. The software uses generative art techniques which are hand controlled in order to craft a unique image for each and every garment. The images are digitally printed, using eco-friendly inks, onto natural fibers. The textiles are carefully hand constructed, in AliceAlishka’s Ottawa studio, into comfortable everyday garments.

But what you probably want to know is what you are going to find at the Pop Up Shop, right?  Well…Alice will be selling previous seasons’ collections at 30-80% off like amazing dress:

and this one:

and these beauties:

She has over 175 items in all (my heart is racing)!

Additionally, she will be selling samples and one-off items as well as a bunch of items that never made it into production or were just made to use in her photo shoots! She will also be making a few new pieces that use some of the previous season textiles including pencil skirts, a few cute simple dresses and loads of scarves in her own unique fabrics. (-:

And just in case that isn’t enough…she will be selling fabric packs (note: she makes her OWN fabric! How great is that??)!

So…grab your girlfriends and come down to Workshop for a night like no other…we can’t wait to get our hands on Alice’s collection and we bet you can’t either! (-;


The Ladies of Workshop


ALSO – In anticipation of Thursday night, we are giving away one of Alice’s amazing digitally printed organic cotton scarves!  To enter, RT one of our tweets about it, LIKE a Facebook post about it, or comment on this blog post!  Contest closes Wednesday, Nov 13th at midnight and the winner will be selected Thursday, Nov 14th – the day of Alice’s Pop Up Shop!


The Workshop & Flock Fall Calendar…

Hey Ladies & Lovers of Canadian Goodies!

As you know, we like to throw events at you willy nilly…which is just kind of the way we roll over here at Workshop & Flock! (-;

However, we know you all have busy social schedules, so we wanted to give you a heads up on all the fun things we have planned for Fall (in addition to the arrival of a kabillion gorgeous new lines, of course)!

Here’s the line up:


Brunch Bunch! Oct 19th, 10am-noon. Flock Boutique.

Some of your favourite West Wellington boutiques will be serving up brunch goodies along with cute dresses…can’t think of a better way to start the weekend! More details to come.


Purple Urchin Pop-Up Apothecary. Nov 7th, 6-8pm. Flock Boutique.

We will be partnering with Purple Urchin (lovely and fun locally made soaps, bath salts & other goodies) to bring you a one-night-only apothecary in our basement! There will be all kinds of goodies to try out and grab bags to take home. Part of Apartment 613‘s Support Local Month.


Alice Alishka Pop-Up Shop! Nov 14th, 6-8pm. Workshop Boutique.

Alice Alishka is a super cute collection made by the lovely & wonderful Alice herself, whose smiling face can be seen in our shop most days of the week.  It is no longer available in boutiques, but Alice – an Ottawa native – is partnering with us to sell off over 175 of her gorgeous pieces at trunk sale prices!  She is also designing and sewing some exclusive items for the sale.  Want something no one else has? Don’t miss it!  Part of Apartment 613‘s Support Local Month.


The Great Crafting De-Stash! Nov 16-24th. Flock Boutique.

Back by popular demand, we’re de-stashing our studios and selling off our crafting supplies at ridiculous prices!  Join us in the Flock basement and score stuff to get your crafting going…the holidays are coming! Part of Apartment 613‘s Support Local Month.

That’s what’s happening!

Hope to see your smiling faces! (-;


The Ladies of Workshop & Flock