Shop Talk

SHOP TALK: Check out Allegro’s Wellington West location for summer dresses

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

Allegro's Wellington West store is located between World of Maps and the Bank of Montreal, near Holland and Wellington. Photo by Sarah Fischer.

We were all pretty bummed when we heard that two long-standing ByWard Market shops — Bang-On and Allegro — had experienced a costly fire. Not only would they miss out on all that summer pedestrian traffic, but we had nowhere to get “I’m with Stupid —>” t-shirts!

Allegro has long been a favourite. In fact, earlier this year, we stopped by to borrow a couple fabulous items (a Mac & Jac grey jacket and a red bag by Espe, to be specific) for an editorial feature in this year’s Ottawa Magazine Shopping Guide. Owner Anne-Marie Bergeron was so generous, and her passion for fashion was contagious.

Luckily, Anne-Marie opened a second location on Wellington West earlier this year. We stopped in last week and were met with dangerously discounted prices. (Dangerous because we’re a sucker for a sale!) With summer turning the heat on in a serious way (37 degrees on Thursday), it’s a fine time to shop for slinky dresses — something Allegro does in a funky, fashionable, and affordable way (some styles are over 50% off right now).

Staff say the William Street location will open this fall, and Bang-On will live on.

Allegro. 1243 Wellington St. W. See Facebook page for sale details.