This week’s find:
FIND a modern day treasure cave
Immediately north of Parkdale Market and down a small set of stairs, you’ll find a gift shop the owner compares to Aladdin’s cave…
Aladdin’s cave is an apt analogy because just like that cave in the ancient Arabian Nights tales, Flamingo also contains a vast collection of interesting or unusual objects. Where else can you check off the hockey fiend, jewellery lover, bubble bath aficionado, wine fan and fashionista on your gift shopping list – all under one roof and at surprisingly great prices?
On any given day you might find a tween shopping for a friend’s birthday, a husband searching for a thoughtful anniversary gift, a bridal party choosing some fun accessories or some nearby office workers selecting a treat for a colleague. Owner Jo Arbuthnot, who is as cheerful as her colourful boutique, says that she sees her gift shop filling an important void in the Wellington West retail landscape.
Flamingo Boutique also showcases Suzie Blue products, a line of affordable, unique fashion jewellery that Jo imports from craftspeople in Bali and Java. The jewellery is complemented by a dazzling collection of clothing and décor items that clearly bring as much joy to owner Jo’s life as they do to her legions of loyal customers. Sassy signs, cozy Canadiana-inspired accessories, playful socks and clever greeting cards are just a few of the things you’ll find. Jo suggests that when you visit Flamingo Boutique, it’s a good idea to practice impulse buying, because the item you love might not be there the next time you come in.
With an emphasis is on the practical and well made, there’s no longer any need to worry about the hard-to-shop-for folks in your life – Jo and her adorable sidekick Max the Labradoodle are ready to offer you a warm welcome into their treasure cave.
Keyword tags: WWBIA, Wellington West, Ottawa, shop, clothing, jewellery, gifts, unique, eclectic, imported, Hintonburg, shop local, Parkdale Market