Shop Talk

STORE PROFILE: Mikaza returns to Old Ottawa South

Mikaza's showroom in Hull (pictured) offers the space to see everything that's in store -- but the new store on Bank is a good place to start dreaming the modern dream. Photography by Marc Fowler / Metropolis Studio

Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.

Attention all who love modern furniture: Mikaza is opening a second, smaller store in Old Ottawa South. The new shop will show a sampling of what’s available through Mikaza, such as reclaimed wood furnishings from 2 Loons and Divani sofas, as well as offer eye candy to those strolling the tony Bank Street ‘hood.

The move marks a homecoming of sorts for Mikaza. Mihran and Katia Zaroukin first set up shop in Old Ottawa South in 2008, and have since become a source for stylish furniture. They moved across the river in 2010, where a larger space allows shoppers to see the full range of products.

But for those just starting to dream the modern dream, next time you’re in Old Ottawa South take a stroll through the new shop and see what strikes your fancy. Remember, it’s just a sampling of what’s available, but the staff are quite enthusiastic about it all — they just might lure you out to Hull.

The Look: Sleek, industrial, chic, peaceful … and at a price that might surprise.

Perfect for: Nesting in style, impressing the guests.

USP: Planning a Mad Men party? A photo shoot? Dip your toes in modern style with the help of Mikaza’s rental operation. Chairs and other furnishings are available; see Prestige Rental for more details. (Or, if you make it into the VIP lounge for the Ottawa Jazz Festival, you can try out the goods for yourself.)

Mikaza, 120 du Portage (Hull sector of Gatineau), and 1101 Bank St., 819-205-3122, www.mikazahome.com.

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