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Top Shelf Pre­serves came to be when chef-owner Sara Pishva started can­ning pre­serves while she was in univer­sity. Her pick­les were a hit among her friends and fel­low stu­dents, and be­fore long, she took the leap and started up her own busi­ness in 2013. Pick up a jar or two of her vanilla or­ange mar­malade for the per­fect break­fast spread — or, if you’re in the mood for some­thing savoury, try her spicy pick­led beans for a crackly, zesty snack. You can find Top Shelf Pre­serves at sev­eral lo­ca­tions in Ot­tawa, in­clud­ing Goods Shop, 201 Dal­housie St., 613-421-9418, goods-shop.ca Wide-brimmed hats, bright chunky ban­gles, floaty scarves, and whim­si­cal sta­tionery, all made with love by lo­cal de­sign­ers — this is what Eclec­tion is about. The shop, founded by a pair of ar­ti­sans, is com­mit­ted to nur­tur­ing the Ot­tawa crafts scene. Browse their shelves for a few min­utes and you’re bound to walk away with a one-of-a-kind item you’ll trea­sure for years to come. 55 ByWard Mar­ket Square, 613-789-7288, eclec­tion.ca

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