This week’s find:
FIND handmade jewels, funny cards and pretty things
If you’re looking for some of the cheekiest, most outrageous cards in town, just follow the sound of laughter coming from the back of the shop at JV Studios.
Shoppers strolling along the sidewalk might initially get distracted by the bling in the windows, but those in the know head straight to the card rack for a chuckle or three before turning their attention to JV Studios’ other unique products. Stocked with beautiful jewellery, accessories, clothing and home goods, all from independent and emerging Canadian artists and brands, it’s no wonder it’s so many people’s go-to gift store, especially for those ‘hard to buy for’ folks!
Located in what’s become the heart of Ottawa’s made-in-Canada shopping district, JV Studios on Wellington St. West offers a curated collection of quality goods. Fall and winter shoppers are busy snapping up greeting cards, ornaments and seasonal apparel such as toques, mitts and scarves. Also flying off the shelves are playful pop culture items including a fabulous range of votive candles featuring feminists, activists, politicians, entertainers, drag queens, and fictional characters. Wouldn’t someone you know enjoy gazing at a flickering Ru Paul, Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Oprah Winfrey?
JV Studios is owned and operated by local designer Jasmine Virani, whose life has always been connected to the arts. With a background in art and design plus an appreciation for handmade goods, she carved her path as a jewellery designer fifteen years ago. Her vision was to create a space that would act as an art gallery not only to her work but to the works of independent makers from across the country. Her talents ensure the store is always on trend and surprisingly affordable.
“We are proud of our success in encouraging shopping locally, especially for the holidays,” says Jasmine. “That’s why we work hard to make sure we always have a lot of options for people who enjoy gifting quality handmade goods by Canadian designers. And we enjoy laughing at our irreverent cards as much as our customers do!”
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