Biz Roundup

It’s time for the Biz Roundup. 

As always, we’ve caught up with our local BIAs to learn the latest business news. 

Here are some of the headlines: 

An opening, a closing and a new name

Welcome to the neighbourhood, Love Your Body Fitness! The business just opened a brand new gym space at 332 Richmond Rd. (previously Noor). “We teach Moms to prioritize themselves, reach their fitness goals and feel great!” the company’s Facebook page states. Visit to learn more. 

Westboro’s Vanilla Boutique will be closing its doors permanently at 279 Richmond Rd. “After 47 years in Ottawa Vanilla is closing. Vanilla will be closing its doors by the end of October. It has been a magical and wonderful run and an emotional decision to make for all of us here. We love and appreciate our loyal customers and want to thank you for your support all these years,” the company’s Facebook page stated Sept. 6. Vanilla Boutique is running a number of sales over the next few weeks — visit the company’s Facebook page to learn more. 

Greco Fitness (441 Roosevelt Ave #100) has rebranded to LF3 Westboro, but it is the same committed team at the local location. Visit to learn more. 

Fall events

The TASTE of Wellington West 2021 is on! The local food festival runs from Sept. 21-Oct. 31 in the ward and offers both virtual and in-person events. “TASTE of Wellington West back again for another year of modified festivities to showcase the very best flavours and features of our beautiful neighbourhoods in Hintonburg and Wellington West. As always, we are using this annual festival as an opportunity to raise money for our charity partner, The Parkdale Food Centre,” Ted Simpson wrote in a news update on the Wellington West BIA website Sept. 1. To learn more, or to view the calendar of events, visit

Wickedly Westboro has returned this year! The Westboro Village BIA is hosting a scavenger hunt during the second half of October. “Simple, Spooky, and Safe! Celebrate Halloween in Westboro Village between October 15 and October 31st with an easy scavenger hunt for friends and family! Wickedly Westboro is back,” the Westboro Village BIA website states. Visit to learn more about this year’s event!

BIA board chair bids farewell

John Ferguson has stepped down as board chair of the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (BIA). The BIA posted an update about his departure from the role on its website earlier this fall. “After a remarkable fourteen years of involvement with the Wellington West BIA, including ten years as a Board member and seven years as Chair of The Board, John Ferguson has decided it’s time to take a well-earned retirement from his position with our organization. We want to extend our deepest and warmest thanks to John for his tireless efforts over the years towards making this community a better place,” Ted Simpson wrote in a news update on the Wellington West BIA website Sept. 1.

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