Creative spirit

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - HOME CAPITAL SHOPS - Writ­ten by MARY TAGGART Photography by MARK HOLLERON

WHO: St. Elmo’s Fire WHERE: 1194 Carp Rd, Stittsville WHAT: A “pas­sion-based” bou­tique where owner Christina Lo­visa sells her own art work along with whim­si­cal home dé­cor, jew­elry and a varied as­sort­ment of gifts that in­clude spir­i­tual in­spi­ra­tions.

The shop sits within what is said to be the old­est house in Stittsville, whose prior res­i­dents are known to linger about, giv­ing the cedar home a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing haunted.

The bou­tique is small in size but time is re­quired to take full ad­van­tage of all that is of­fered. There are so many plea­sures and trea­sures scat­tered through­out that re­turn­ing vis­its are a must. It is the per­fect place to find an un­usual gift or spe­cial dé­cor item. You’ll dis­cover wall art and hand-painted fur­ni­ture, gourmet food items or a chic hat, purse or neck­lace that you won’t likely see on some­one else. BE­HIND THE SCENES: Christina and her hus­band ren­o­vated the 1871 log and stone house. Her creative spirit is felt through­out the three floors. Christina uses re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in much of her art­work and it is only fit­ting that the re­stored and ren­o­vated space serves as her stu­dio as well. ADDED BONUS: St Elmo’s Fire plays host to a va­ri­ety of life and art classes of­fer­ing work­shops for both adults and chil­dren. Themes are varied but all run on the premise of cre­at­ing and jour­ney­ing through life with cre­ativ­ity, spir­i­tu­al­ity and pas­sion.

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